Newsletter Amsterdam Water Science
Friday, 7 July 2017



Markermeer research vessel ready to sail

The R.V. Dreissena, a ship for ecological research in lake Markermeer, is ready to sail. Researchers and students will now have their very own research vessel to carry out field trips. The official opening is on Friday 14 July in the courtyard of the Faculty of Science (UvA).


Retiring Prof. Lucas Stal: ‘Water science more important than ever’

Lucas Stal retires as a professor by special appointment in the field of Marine Microbiology at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA-IBED). On Friday 30 June he gave his valedictory speech during a symposium held in his honour. 


Deep sea project SponGES preparing research cruise

Jasper de Goeij, marine biologist at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamic (UvA-IBED) is involved in the European research project SponGES. A research cruise is planned to take place in August this year.




Water management: upstream-downstream linkages

A study by hydrologist Ted Veldkamp and colleagues shows how human interventions to manage water resources, such as reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures, have increased water availability, but have also swept water scarcity problems downstream.


Antarctic krill outcompete each other

A new paper by Professor André de Roos and colleagues presents evidence that fluctuations in the population abundance of Antarctic krill are the result of competition for food and not because of external climatological events.


Highlighted publications on disaster risk reduction

The department of Water and Climate Risk (VU-IVM) recently published two papers on disaster risk management in the case of extreme weather events.




Dim Coumou receives NWO Vidi grant for climate research

Climate researcher Dim Coumou (VU Amsterdam) has received a Vidi grant worth 800.000 euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigate the effects of climate change on extreme weather.


Netherlands Polar Programme funding for Ype van der Velde

Hydrologist Ype van der Velde (VU Amsterdam) is part of a multi-disciplinary team of four scientists that have been awarded a total of 1,2 million euro by the Netherlands Polar Programme of NWO (the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research).




Matching Day ‘Groen Kapitaal’ links research and policy

Groen Kapitaal (Green Capital) is a programme initiated by the Provincie Noord-Holland. One of the aims of the programme is to set up a Groen Kapitaal Academy. As a first step towards this goal, the province hosted a Matching Day on 27 June to link questions of policy practitioners to researchers, teachers and students at all levels of education.




Fieldwork Luxembourg: Drought after last year's floods

Every spring, MSc Hydrology students from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam travel to Luxembourg for a one-month-long fieldwork course. This year, MSc students in Earth Sciences (UvA) joined them. In contrast to last year's very wet conditions, this year the students encountered drought.