• A young and innovative research team

    It is crucial that voices of younger generations are heard in debates about modern-day global problems.

  • Interdisciplinarity

    Because of our diverse team we can connect academic fields in order to generate creative solutions.

  • Inclusiveness

    Our aim is to ensure that academic research is accessible for everyone regardless of socio-economic background, political conviction, or gender identity.

  • Opening the debate

    By connecting public & private sectors, and giving everyone access to academic knowledge, we want to open the debate.

What is the Calicocat Research Institue?


It is important to make the voice of young people heard more clearly when discussing social issues! That is why the Calicocat Research Institute creates the conditions for a group of passionate young people to make their voice heard in a professional manner on various social themes. The institute uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a quantitative and qualitative framework for a sustainable future. The research committee contributes to practical and fundamental research by providing answers to local, regional and (inter) national issues.


The Calicocat Research Institute is part of a greater organization called Calicocat. This is an organization that stands for connecting public and private policy areas. We embrace diversity, we look for coherence and we bring issues up for discussion. We also encourage co-creation in public-private combinations, in which the resident is central.

"Making the voice of the younger generations heard more clearly."

Romy Dekker

"Opening up the debate for everyone"

Stefan Hageman

"Looking critically at society and our deeply rooted systems"

Jana Heitkemper

"Human society without empathic thinking can quickly turn into a gigantic machine."

Mehran Abdollahi

"Making academic research accessible for everyone."

Zarina Buckert

The Hydrogen Valley

Presented as an efficient, green and low-cost alternative for gas and carbon fuels, the Northern Netherlands have presented a prestigious plan to transfer to a hydrogen-based energy sector. At CalicoCat Research Institute, however, we wonder how efficient and environment-friendly hydrogen actually is. In this paper, we’ll be delving into some of the major debates surrounding hydrogen-based energy and the hydrogen transition in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, researching whether this transition is a good idea after all.


Calicocat stands for connecting public and private policy areas. We embrace diversity, look for coherence and discuss issues. We use the UN SDGs as a starting point. We facilitate debates, develop masterclasses and deliver publications. We work on issues such as economic development and inclusivity.

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