08:30 - 09:00

Registration & coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome & introduction by Prof.dr. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus Utrecht University and Prof.dr. Sierd Cloetingh, programme director Sustainability

09:10 - 09:30

Water, Climate and Ecosystems Marc Bierkens, Geographical Hydrology, Utrecht University

09:30 - 09:45

Global Water Cycle Modeling 
Dr. Jan Lenaerts, Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University

09:45 - 10:00

Global Ocean Change: Solutions from the past for problems of the future
Prof.dr. Appy Sluijs, Marine palynology & palaeoceanography, Utrecht University

10:00 - 10:30

The Sustainable Development Goals and the world water quality challenge 
Prof.dr. Joseph Alcamo, Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany 

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:20

Future Energy and (Geo)Resources
Prof.dr. Chris Spiers, Experimental rock deformation, Utrecht University

11:20 - 11:35

Building Bridges: Interdisciplinary Physics – Chemistry – Earth Science Research on Energy
Dr. Oliver Plümper, Structural geology, Utrecht University

11:35 - 12:00

Solid earth science base for the energy 
Prof.dr. Jan-Diederik van Wees, Tectonics, UU/TNO

12:00 - 13:50

Poster session, exhibition and lunch

13:50 - 14:10

Future Energy and Resources Bert Weckhuysen, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

14:10 - 14:25

Taking a Shine to Industrial Catalysts
Dr. Gareth Whiting, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

14:25 - 14:40

Nanoscale catalysts for more sustainable production of diesel
Dr. Jovana Zecevic, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

14:40 - 15:10

Glycerol conversion
Prof. Graham Hutchings, Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

15:10 - 15:35

Coffee break

15:35 - 15:55

Healthy Urban Living
Prof.dr. Martin Dijst, Urban Geography, Utrecht University

15:55 - 16:10

The relation between neighbourhood characteristics and individual-level cardiovascular disease
Dr. Ilonca Vaartjes, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht

16:10 - 16:25

Air pollution, lifestyle and health
Dr. Maciek Strak, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University

16:25 - 16:45

From Challenge to Opportunity - Integrating Science for Sustainability
Prof.dr. Ernst Worrell, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

16:45 - 17:00

Unravelling the complexities of unsustainable food and biofuel production
Dr. Brian Dermody, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

17:00 - 17:10

Poster award and closing by Sierd Cloetingh

17:10 - 18:30

Drinks & bites


  • Prof.dr. Alan Green (Chair IAB), ETH-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, chair Institute of Geophysics, Zurich, Zwitserland
  • Prof.dr. H.-J. Freund, director Max-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Colin Thomson, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, UK
  • Prof.dr. Teng-fong Wong, Director, Earth System Science Programme, Faculty of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Prof.dr. Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Prof.dr. Johan Mackenbach, chair of the Department of Public Health at Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam
  • Dr. André Veneman, Corporate Director Sustainability & HSE, Akzo Nobel