IVM held a side-event at UNFCCC meeting


During the first week of the global climate conference UNFCCC’s preparatory meeting in Bonn, IVM held a side-event on 'New Approaches for Analyzing and Visualizing the Integrity of the Global Climate Governance Regime'.

IVM PhD’s at the Interconnections conference in Bonn


During last week’s Interconnections conference in Bonn, IVM was well represented by EPA PhD students Lisa Sanderink, Okechukwu Enechi, Lukas Hermwille, and Oscar Widerberg.

A new Toolbox and Library for the economic assessment of adaptation to climate change


IVM researchers participated in the EU-Project ECONADAPT that came to a close in September 2016 after three years of research on the economics of adaptation.

Interview with Philipp Pattberg about the important role of politics in the Anthropocene in Bureau de Helling (the GroenLinks think tank)


Philipp Pattberg, Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy believes that the Anthropocene needs long-term politics on all levels.

IVM and FGG appoint two Junior Fellows in Ethics of the Anthropocene


Eva Coster-van Urk MA and Petra van der Kooij MA have been appointed as the first VU Junior Fellows in the Ethics of the Anthropocene Program for 2017. There terms will run from March till the end of this academic year.

IVM and the Dutch Food Summit


On 26 January 2017 the first National Food Summit was organized by four Dutch Ministries, those of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, Environment, and Public Health.

The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change Background


The novel concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ has been proposed to denote the present epoch in planetary history, following up the earlier Holocene, as a new geological era now largely defined by the extent and direction of human activities with a profound global impact on the earth’s ecosystems. Mass extinction of living species, pollution of the oceans, and climate change are only some of the lasting distortions of planetary systems brought about by the human species. Importantly, the concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ now places humankind fully at the centre of planetary evolution, as the main driving force on planet earth – an idea that has at times been described as the ‘second Copernican revolution’. Junior Fellowship positions are open now. Please submit before 15 December 2016

Luke Brander in PLOS ONE on impact of coral reef damage


IVM’s research associate Luke Brander has contributed to an article in PLOS ONE (9 November 2016) dealing with the impact of rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere on coral reefs and on the people who depend on these reefs for their livelihoods.

IVM at COP22


Four IVM researchers attended the 22nd United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech (Morocco) , to do research, conduct interviews, to network and to participate in side-events.

New department Environment and Health


As of 1 January 2017 the section Chemistry and Biology has left IVM and merged with the section Health and Life of Athena into a new department Environment and Health.

IVM organises international workshop on social capacity building for flood risk mitigation


On 10 November 2016, the IVM organised a workshop with its partners in the CAPFLO project. CAPFLO is a 2-year EU-funded research project addressing social capacity building for fluvial flood risk mitigation, focusing on participatory processes to build the capacity of communities.

NAV’s Best Paper Award 2016 goes to Corné van Dooren and Harry Aiking


With their multidisciplinary paper, Corné van Dooren (Dutch Nutrition Centre) and Harry Aiking (Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have been awarded the First Prize by the Dutch Academy of Nutrition Sciences (NAV).

Jeroen Aerts comments on large evacuation exercise in Marken


In the tv broadcast ‘Hallo Nederland’ Jeroen Aerts expressed the importance of evacuation exercises in cases of flooding, as was done for two days in Marken.

Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability


Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science Kick-off meeting and 1st Management Committee meeting On Wednesday 28 September, the ‘kick-off’ meeting and the 1st Management Committee meeting of the COST Action ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science’ initiative took place in Brussels, Belgium.

James Patterson gives keynote at water-energy-food nexus symposium in Germany


James Patterson, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis recently gave a keynote presentation at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium in Osnabrück, Germany (15-16 June 2016).

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