The new budget structure from the WAU Education Board seems to have led to trouble for the MSc Soil and Water programme. Soil and Water offers many exclusive courses which are proving very costly under the new model. The programme director will have to drastically limit the number of courses, according to his colleague Koopmans of the Dutch Soil and Water programme. Other MSc programmes have fewer exclusive courses, and consequently face less severe budget cuts.
Wageningen wants to develop a theatre in combination with a new cinema and office space on the Junushoff site. An architect is trying to come up with a design which satisfies the demands of the steering committee, but after five years of discussion and delay, new difficulties in the planning process have arisen. The owner of the cinema wants six hundred chairs in his new building, but there a few trees with a protection order on the future site. The town councillor thinks it will be possible to install the required number of chairs in the cinema, and wants a quick start. However, distrust within the steering committee may result in the project being cancelled.
In Holland organic food products take up only a very small percentage of the total market, while in Denmark organic food accounts for nearly fifteen percent of the total food market. An important reason for this is that one Danish supermarket has aggressively promoted organic dairy products, while Dutch supermarkets are hesitant: they fear that organic products may harm the market share of environmentalist products which are produced especially for the supermarket. This has led to the ironic situation where Dutch organic farmers export most of their products abroad.
Professor of developmental biology Lucy Timmermans, retired from the WAU last week. She spent much time studying the development of reproductive cells in fish. Monoclonal antibodies gave insights into the question of at what stage during cell division sex cells come into existence. I'm fascinated by the question of how things work," she explains. Timmermans was one of the first female professors at the WAU. Although I encountered no problems within the department, I did come across men within the university who I felt stood in the way because I was a woman. I have the impression that they often took out problems they had with their wives on other women."