Wetenschap - 7 januari 1999

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  • The International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement (ILRI) will integrate with Wageningen University and Research Centre this year. The institute provides short courses to international students in the field of water management. We teach the students to play with the water level in irrigation systems, states ILRI director Mathieu Pinkers. 225225Wageningen still is top of the field in water management. Our unique selling point is that we are good with difficult soils, like peat and acid soils. ILRI also supports local water management institutes in developing countries. The institute recently obtained a big contract from the Pakistani government, which received a loan from the World Bank to tackle the problem of waterlogging. ILRI will collaborate with the International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute in Pakistan, which it helped to develop

  • Universities are a good place to find your future partner. More and more students find their true love during their study, says sociologist Wilma Smeenk from the University of Nijmegen. She examined the marriage statistics from the Central Bureau of Statistics and conducted a survey. More women are pursuing higher education, so there is an increased supply of partners, she concludes

  • Several insurance companies started to offer teak funds in the mid 1990s, so that western consumers could invest in the production of teak wood. One of them was the Dutch company Ohra, which invested money in the Flor y Fauna plantation in Nicaragua. WAU graduate Paul Romeijn started a discussion about the investment on the Internet, mailed circulars to forestry scientists all over the world and concludes in his thesis that Ohra made unfounded promises high returns on investments in their brochures. The Internet can be a good instrument for searching out the truth, concludes Romeijn. He used a new research method which meets scientific standards, says one of his examiners. The way Romeijn deals with professional ethics is brilliant, says the examiner

  • Soaps, comedies and talkshows are a very good channel through which to stimulate people to live a more healthy lifestyle, says WAU graduate Martine Bouman. She analyzed thirty Entertainment & Education TV shows and found that the viewers learned more about the themes raised in the programmes and often changed their behaviour afterwards. Especially in developing countries the programmes lead to discussions about the subjects raised, because viewers often watch television in large groups. Dutch health professionals are however unsatisfied about cooperation with TV producers, who are too concerned with appearances. The professionals are too careful, counter the TV makers. Both sides should invest in collaboration, says Bouman, to improve the educational effects of soaps

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