The Simpson Bay Lagoon – a Caribbean gem, hub of commerce and activity, and environmental disaster zone all at once – has been the focus of three master students in the ERM (Environment and Resource Management) course. They worked together to research the value of one of the largest inland lagoons in the Caribbean from various angles: social, environmental and economic. Anne Molenaar, Anna Fralikhina and Sem Duijndam reported their findings in their final theses and graduated on 16 September, together with some 50 other ERM students.
The IVM Summer Course ‘Energy Transition in a Fossil World’, held from 8 to 19 July 2019, was attended by a broad mix of students from all over the world with an interest in energy transition as well as by practitioners with a long-standing career in energy issues. Guest lecturers and IVM speakers gave the participants a broad overview of all key aspects of the global energy transition, varying from social and geopolitical issues to technical and economic insights. A variety of work forms assured that the participants did not only receive information, but could also apply it in practice. The four excursions, to Shell, Friends of the Earth Netherlands, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and to the Amsterdam Energy Cooperative Zuiderlicht, were highly appreciated by the participants.