Newsletter Amsterdam Water Science
Thursday, 7 July 2016



Next AWS symposium

Amsterdam Water Science is currently building collaborations with the Dutch National Knowledge and Innovation for Water and Climate, NKWK (in Dutch: Water en Klimaat). NKWK  aims to link knowledge at universities and institutes to the policy and business domain, and to jointly set up projects where this knowledge is being used in practice.


AWS contribution to NWO Gravity program

Recently, in a unique consortium, all main water related research institutes in the Netherlands have joined forces in a large proposal submitted to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in the so called ‘gravity program’ (Zwaartekracht). This program is an open competition to bundle scientific excellence in The Netherlands around one central theme. The water institutes have established the Netherlands Centre for Water Science, NCWS. This consortium aims to improve the understanding on the changes and feedbacks in climate, hydrology and nutrient loads, and how these will affect risk extremes in the floods- and droughts, water quality and biological productivity and diversity of delta areas. This proposal is currently in review, and the outcome will be announced somewhere in the beginning of 2017.




MSc Hydrology: first fieldwork trip and flooding event at its new location in Luxembourg!

The first fieldwork trip of the MSc Hydrology ended. Nine students went to Diekirch, Luxemburg to learn more and undertake hydrological experiments. Each group of three students was assigned to explain the hydrological processes taking place in a small catchment. During the trip the camp was flooded.




Donate to help ecological research on Markermeer

Crowdfunding campaign now open !

The aim of our research programme is to understand the main drivers for ecosystem development and functioning in the Markermeer. For this research we need a boat that is equipped with experimental setup for field research that creates new opportunities. Please participate in this campaign and donate to help us in financing a research boat.


A common future for the Dutch peat meadows

Co-initiation Workshop Veenweide

The co-initiation workshop is linked to the Commonland/AWS pilot project: "Accelerating peat meadow restoration and climate resilience through sustainable business development and integrated urban-rural systems". The aim is to investigate the initiatives and challenges that are currently present in the peatland areas and generate together with farmers the four returns of this special landscape.


Amsterdam Water Science in the Amsterdam AMS 6 plus Knowledge Special magazine

The 6th Amsterdam 2016/2017 AMS magazine acknowledges the Amsterdam Water Science consortium as a Living Lab, where innovation in the field of water science and Amsterdam water-rich environment serve as a testing ground for the group’s research and education.




Harm van der Geest

Harm van der Geest started as a student at the University of Amsterdam in 1990 and essentially never left. Always intrigued by water and the processes within it, Harm now works as an assistant professor in aquatic environmental ecology. He specializes in benthic ecology.


Wiegert Dulfer, Water authority Amstel Gooi en Vecht

Wiegert Dulfer is member of the board of the Regional Public Water Authority of Amstel Gooi and Vecht (AGV). Together with Amsterdam Water Science, Wiegert is heading up a AWS-pilot project entitled, “Towards a Community of Practice: Water in the Circular Economy of Amsterdam".


Sanne Kruijt, Commonland

For Sanne Kruijt, there has always been a clear focus in ecosystem dynamics and the agricultural systems within. She joined Commonland, where landscape restoration projects are based on business cases, as a business developer and has identified numerous potential business cases since.


Jorien Vonk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jorien Vonk is no stranger to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). After completing her BSc in Environmental Sciences at the VU she pursued the rest of her studies abroad before returning back to the VU as assistant professor this year. Jorien works in the Hydrology Group at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences.




Pteropod research on board of a cruise ship

Lisette Mekkes is a student of the MSc programme Limnology & Oceanography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. Lisette takes part in the West Coast Ocean Acidification cruise part of the The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) on board of NOAA research vessel 'Ronald H. Brown'.


New VIDI grant for IVM

Dr Philip Ward from IVM's Water and Climate Risk department, has been awarded a prestigious VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to examine the socioeconomic impacts of compound river and coastal floods around the world.


Measurement raft launched in Amstelveense Poel

End of May 2016, AWS postdoc Joanda Verspagen, AWS postdoc Arie Vonk and Dr Ko van Huissteden launched a raft to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes from the Amstelveense Poel. The raft is equipped with an eddy covariance system that measures the flux of CO2 between the water and the atmosphere, and with multi-sensor probes that measure CO2, oxygen concentrations, pH in the water.


Ype van der Velde award winner

Ype van der velde, Assistant Professor in Hydrology at Earth and Climate Cluster of the Earth and Life Sciences Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, won the MG Anderson Award for Outstanding Paper of the Year 2016. The prize was awarded during the EGU General Assembly held in Vienna, Austria between 17-22 April 2016.


New VIDI grant for IBED/UvA & Naturalis Leiden

Katja Peijnenburg (IBED/UvA & Naturalis Leiden) received recently a VIDI grant for her research proposal "Evolution of planktonic gastropods in an acidifying ocean". Katja is a marine biologist working on the evolutionary ecology of marine zooplankton, especially pteropods (sea butterflies) which are very sensitive to ocean acidification.


Sanne Muis (VU-IVM) in Nature Communications

Extreme sea-levels - which can cause catastrophic floods - have been mapped with greater accuracy than ever before in a new study by Dutch researchers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam IVM and Deltares), published in Nature Communications.




Boussinessq 2016 Summer event “Water and Carbon”

Friday July 8th, VU Amsterdam will host the third Boussinesq Spring/Summer event within the theme “Water and Carbon”. Preliminary program includes three invited speakers in the morning and a trip to Ilperveld research site in the afternoon. To register please fill in the following form (limted to 50 places):

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Happy 45th anniversary IVM !

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is celebrating 45 years (1971-2016). That means the ninth anniversary of the institute should be celebrated. 45 years is a long time, with many ups and downs, but with this milestone we again look forward into the future. We will celebrate this event with all the new and old IVM-ers on Friday, July 8th.

  Sunday, 21 August 2016

16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME16)

The 16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME16) will take place between 21-26 August 2016 in Montreal, Canada.
For more information about the scitific schedule and the programme please visit the event website.


International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos, Switzerland

6th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2016 "Integrative Risk Management – Towards resilient cities" 28 August – 01 September 2016 | Davos, Switzerland

IDRC Davos is the world’s leading conference in Integrative Disaster and Risk Management, providing you with state of the art presentations about integrative risk management within high level panels, parallel and poster sessions as well as networking and advocacy opportunities.