Monday January 13th – Antropia, Hoofdstraat 8, Driebergen – 12:00- 18:00
In collaboration with Utrecht University, YM de Boer Advies and Knowledge for Climate ICIS organizes a workshop to exchange experiences in joint knowledge production. The workshop will be in Dutch and consists of keynote speeches from René Kemp (ICIS), André van der Zande (RIVM), Gert-Jan de Maagd (Ministry of Infrastructure and environment), Willem Ligtvoet (PBL) and Peter Driessen (scientific director Knowledge for Climate), followed by sub-group discussions. Register here.
A PhD student vacancy is available for the research project “A Sustainable University: organisational transformation”. This research will contribute to our knowledge of a structural transformation of public institutions towards sustainability, and shed light on the extent to which sustainability initiatives (e.g. the Maastricht University Green Office) add value to university governance and beyond (spill over effects on society, corporations, and other public institutions).
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The paper “Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges” of Pim Martens and others, is selected as the Honourable mention in the 2012 Sustainability Science Best Paper Awards. Such awards are held for the first time to recognize the contributions of researchers that further enhance the understanding of sustainability science and demonstrate high standards of scientific quality. For more information click here.
Synergistic co-evolvement of scientific knowledge and policy development is what we call “joint knowledge production”. To provide scientists and policy makers with practical information about this challenging process, ICIS (together with other partners) published the book “Joint knowledge production: towards a meaningful collaboration between scientists and policy makers” (in Dutch). Based on literature and concrete experiences from projects, the book describes what joint knowledge production is, when it should be used, and it provides insight in success factors and methods for joint knowledge production. The book can be ordered at De Tribune.
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During the ‘Award Ceremony 2013′ on the World Environment Day organised by Gemeente Maastricht for student projects addressing sustainability, the alderman for ‘sustainability’ handed out the 1st and 2nd prize to two groups of students from our Master Sustainability Science and Policy. 1st Prize Waste Management at UM and 2nd Climate neutrality in Maastricht.
After 9 years, Pim Martens hands over his directorship of ICIS. Pim Martens was appointed in 2004 at MU as professor of Global Dynamics and Sustainable Development and as director of ICIS. In this period, ICIS has further improved its international standing as one of the most prominent sustainability science research institutions. Professor Martens founded the Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science (MUST), and under his leadership the international M.Sc. and Ph.D programs ‘Sustainability Science & Policy’ were initiated. Pim Martens remains active as the director of MUST and in numerous national and international commissions and programmes in the area of his (visiting) professorships at Maastricht, Leuphana and Stellenbosch University. He will thereby continue to give further visibility to the important MU priority domain of “sustainability science”. Dr. Ron Cörvers will be ICIS’ new director from May 1, 2013.
Monday, January 14, 11.00-12.00 Paul Crutzen will give a lecture ‘Climate, Amospheric Chemistry, and Biology in the Anthropocene: Some Impacts of Human Activities’ at ICIS. To attend, please contact the ICIS office.
In the afternoon, he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University. Prof. dr. Pim Martens is his honorary promotor.
Watch the official video of the Introduction of Paul Crutzen at the Dies Natalis 2013 of Maastricht University here.
On December 19th at 14:00 Astrid Offermans will defend her PhD thesis ‘The Perspectives Method; towards socially robust river management’ In the Aula of Maastricht University. The thesis deals with perspective changes and their influence on social support for water management strategies in the Netherlands. The challenge is to find a strategy that remains acceptable under different climatologic, socio-economic and perspectivistic futures. Promotores: Prof. dr. Pim Martens & Dr. Pieter Valkering
Download the Thesis here.