Newsletter Amsterdam Water Science
Thursday, 8 December 2016



NKWK Annual Conference, April 11, 2017

In the Dutch National Knowledge and Innovation for Water and Climate (NKWK), the Dutch water authorities, research institutes and companies collaborate on water and climate challenges of the Dutch delta. Concrete results will be presented giving special attention to the relationship between research and practical applications.
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, 11 April 2017.




Joke van Wensem, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Joke van Wensem, is currently the leader of the NKWK-Resilient Cities project team. Her assignment is to implement the programme plan for NKWK Climate resilient cities. She works for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment at the department of Knowledge, Innovation and Strategy as senior advisor.


Gert Jan van den Born, Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving

Gert Jan van den Born is policy researcher land use at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL) and the leader of the NKWK research line Bodemdaling (Soil subsidence). Recently PBL published the “Dalende bodems, stijgende kosten” (Falling soils rising costs) report on soil subsidence in rural and urban areas.


Carola van Gelder-Maas, Rijkswaterstaat

Carola van Gelder-Maas is senior advisor at Rijkswaterstaat, the executive body of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. She is the leader of the NKWK research line Kustgenese (Coastal Genesis). The objective of Coastal Genesis is to obtain knowledge of development of the coastal foundation, coastal safety, ecology and spatial planning.




Jolanda Verspagen appointed Assistant professor at IBED, UvA

Dr Jolanda Verspagen, currently Amsterdam Water Science postdoc, accepted the new Assistant Professorship job offer in the new department of Freshwater and Marine Science / Ecology, IBED, UvA. She will start her new position in January 2017.


MSc Limnology and Oceanography now MSc Freshwater and Marine Biology

The former MSc Limnology and Oceanography changed its name into MSc Freshwater and Marine Biology. The start in the new academic year was successful with a much higher participation of foreign students.


Successful start for the MSc Hydrology

After reorganising the course and its programme, the VU MSc Hydrology has doubled its students compared to the last 2015-2016 academic year. In the current year 2016-2017, 24 new students joined the Master courses.


MSc Hydrology research station in Kenya is now operational

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) has set up a field measurement site in the Kitui District in Kenya. It is part of the research focus of the Water and Climate Risk department and IVM has been involved in project research in Kitui since 2005.




Can quagga mussel restrain the cyanobacterial bloom?

The experiment was carried out to analyse the carrying capacity of the exotic quagga mussels in the Sloterplas, Amsterdam. This mussel was first observed in the Sloterplas in 2012 and it is thought to have been accidentally transferred through shipping. Since then the algae blooms in this lake seem to have decreased, thereby improving water quality for water sports activities.


Greenhouse gas balance of contrasting wetland restoration strategies

The AWS funded pilot project successfully ended. Seven BSc students and two MSc students contributed significantly to data collection. The opportunity to improve and expand the field equipment has provided surprising results and more insight in the processes in peat soils and the causes of differences between the sites.



Pharmaceuticals are increasingly found in surface waters. To better assess their possible threat to the environment, information is needed on their concentrations in the water. The current study aims at a better understanding and quantification of uptake of often used pharmaceuticals in several types of passive sampler.


Accelerating peat meadow restoration and climate resilience

In the peat meadow restoration project participants explored ways to combine ecological functions of the peat meadow landscape with sustainable business cases, whilst increasing its financial value with a land use model adapted to the carrying capacity of the landscape. 




Expedition Siberia collected sediment cores

During the field trip in late October to early November 2016, Josh Dean and Ove Meisel from the Earth and Climate Cluster of the Earth and Life Sciences Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ventured out to the northeast Siberian Arctic to collect a set of sediment cores from the bottom of thermokarst / permafrost lakes.


Prof. Han Dolman awarded with silver medal

During the 9th Symposium on Carbon, Water and Energy in Yakutsk 1-4 November 2016, Han Dolman, Professor in Hydrology at Earth and Climate Cluster of the Earth and Life Sciences Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, was awarded the silver honorary medal of the State of Sacha (Yakutia) Russia, for his services to global change research, in particular in Eastern Siberia.


AWS Postdoc Arie Vonk published two articles

AWS Postdoc Arie Vonk published two research articles as part of his project Sediment’s history defines future of constructed reservoirs in river deltas. You can read more about his current projects and access the articles on our AWS website.


IVM and river flooding in Environmental Science Journal for Teens

After publishing a paper on comparing 6 global flood models in Environmental Research Letters, the team of authors together with Philip Ward (IVM) developed a version for the Environmental Science Journal for Teens. This is a resource for teachers of teenage children, and a really nice way to present research in a different way.The original version of the paper can be found here.


Amsterdam Water Science joins forces with Amsterdam Green Campus

Amsterdam Water Science and Amsterdam Green Campus join forces to effectively unlocking knowledge. Amsterdam Green Campus is a regional innovation platform where researchers, educational institutions and entrepreneurs collaborate on innovations and provide the training of talents. On this platform companies with their innovation demand to turn, and strengthen the mbo, hbo and university education each.


Change Maker Challenge

With the Changemaker Challenge Master’s students can now snap up € 3000,- to make their final thesis about clean (drinking) water or plastic waste ground-breaking. Submit thesis topic before 15 January 2017.



  Friday, 9 December 2016

Centre for Wetland Ecology Symposium

From Wadden Sea to Marker Wadden: functioning and restoration of large aquatic ecosystems, University of Groningen


C-CASCADES - Mini Conference 2 – From land to the ocean: processes and budgets

Dates: 24 to 26 January 2017
Location: ETZ Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

C-CASCADES (Carbon Cascades from Land to Ocean in the Anthropocene H2020 project) Mini Conference aims to make a breakthrough in understanding the transfer of carbon between land and ocean at planetary scale and the consequences for atmospheric CO2 and climate.

  Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2017

The Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting is a two-day event organised by NERN and NecoV (Dutch - Flemish Ecological Society) and supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). It will involve some very high-ranking internationally esteemed scientists. NAEM 2017 is on 14 and 15 February 2017, so please book these dates in your agenda.

  Sunday, 9 April 2017

Freshwater Science meeting

A meeting on Freshwater Science is organised in České Budějovice (Czech Republic) between  9 to 13 April, 2017. The conference is organised by scientists from the Institute of Hydrobiology. The topics that will be covered are: Microbial Ecology, Fish Ecology, Ecosystem Biology & Aquatic Insects, Water Chemistry, Freshwater Metagenomics Registration and abstract submission: 1 November 2016 - 1 February 2017

  Tuesday, 11 April 2017

NKWK Annual Conference, April 11, 2017

The conference will be organized by Amsterdam Water Science, Rijkswaterstaat, KNMI and staff Delta Commissaris, in collaboration with NL Engineers / Arcadis, U Twente and TU Delft.
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam