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    Newsletter November 2019
14 November 2019
Table of contents
News from SENSE partners
Upcoming courses and activities
Wageningen Evolution and Ecology Seminars (WEES) ››
Statistical Uncertainty Analysis of Dynamic Models, 9-13 December 2019 ››
CSPS Winter School Natural resources and Conflict 9-18 December 2019 ››
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses ››
Upcoming Events
SETAC Europe 14th Special Science Symposium: Soil Biodiversity, 19-20 November ››
12th annual Pole Symposium: Poles under Pressure, 21 November ››
Upcoming PhD Graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming ››
No updates
SENSE headlines
Statistical Uncertainty Analysis of Dynamic Models, 9-13 December 2019
Join the NWO Synergy award for PhD candidates
SENSE symposium, new SENSE employee and poster winners A1 course
The SENSE symposium “Innovative research techniques in Environmental Sciences” (ITC Enschede, 11 October 2019) showed incredible new developments in e-DNA techniques, use of satellites, drones, big data, machine learning and camera traps for innovations in environmental research. Nowadays you can take a sample of sea water and identify the species diversity a few minutes later. Drone images can detect the nutrient and water status of potato crops. Machine learning and cloud computing are used to model plant and animal seasonality at high spatial resolution and at continental scales. Smartphone batteries of your mobile phones serve as urban thermometers. Satellite remote sensing is used to study functional diversity patterns and biodiversity in vital ecosystems and also for mapping urban land intensity. These are only a few examples of innovative research techniques showed by SENSE PhD candidates and senior SENSE researchers. During the symposium, participants had an energetic and productive discussion, which combined various ideas and comments from different research fields. It stimulates researchers thinking in a more active way and provides potential opportunities for collaboration. Moreover, the symposium provided an excellent opportunity to meet PhD candidates and senior researchers working on similar topics across the country, so we should definitely plan our next symposium on this topic in the near future. Stay tuned.

In order to stay tuned and due to persistent illness of Marjolijn Dannenburg, administrative information provision will be temporary provided by Viola Bennink. She has been a SENSE PhD candidate at Wageningen University. She will be – amongst others – responsible for the SENSE newsletter and the SENSE website. 

Last but not least, we can announce the outcome of the poster competition of the latest A1 course! It was great to get to meet all the new SENSE PhD candidates at the A1 course in Apeldoorn; as usually, well organised by Ad van Dommelen. As a famous Dutch song goes: there can only be one winner. Which in case of the A1 course only applies to the poster contest; and if one can be replaced by three, it will be Magdalena Borges, Wouter Smolenaar and Merel van der Most. Congratulations! To all, we want to say that we hope you keep meeting each other; let’s keep in touch!

Enjoy the information and inspiration in this newsletter.

Johan Feenstra, Peter Vermeulen & Viola Bennink
Upcoming courses
Wageningen Evolution and Ecology Seminars (WEES) 21 November 2019
This month's seminar: Tobias Uller, Professor, Department of Biology, Lund University (Sweden) , Plasticity and evolution – an intimate relationship
Statistical Uncertainty Analysis of Dynamic Models, 9-13 December 2019
Dynamic modelling plays a crucial role in life science research, for example for predicting or hypothesis testing. A key feature of biosystems is parameter uncertainty, arising from biological variation, or a lack of knowledge. It is generally hard to foresee how parameter uncertainty propagates into model predictions, especially when a model contains a lot of complex interactions. Some predictions may be sharp, others highly uncertain. Some parameter uncertainties make all predictions uncertain, whereas others may have no influence at all.
CSPS Winter School Natural resources and Conflict 9-18 December 2019
The extraction, exploitation, distribution and trade of natural resources continue to be a source of conflict worldwide, notwithstanding claims of inclusive and equitable development. This course helps PhD candidates unravel the multiple contradictions surrounding the access to natural resources, to overt and covert forms of violence involved, and the resistance this may generate. Specific attention is paid to the role of state power in shaping conflict. The course offers participants a solid theoretical basis to problematize the relation between natural resources and conflict.
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses
In case you are interested in either participating or teaching a course that is currently not in the programme, please do not hesitate and contact us with your suggestions.
More upcoming courses ››
Upcoming Events
SETAC Europe 14th Special Science Symposium: Soil Biodiversity, 19-20 November
At this Special Science Symposium, we will elaborate on (i) the ecological knowledge that might be useful to get a broader view on the assessment of soil eco(toxico)logical effects of chemical and non-chemical stressors, (ii) what ecological databases are available as reference for (large-scale) ecological assessments of effects, and (iii) what novel experimental and modelling tools are currently available for an effective environmental risk assessment.
12th annual Pole Symposium: Poles under Pressure, 21 November
The symposium programme will address the following themes:
  • Theme 1 | Geopolitical & Economic Pressures
  • Theme 2 | Ice & Climate under Pressure
  • Theme 3 | Ecosystem under Pressure
Upcoming PhD graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming period
  • Peter Kalverla
    Characterisation of offshore winds for energy applications
    13 November 2019, Wageningen University (Meteorology and Air Quality)

  • Gabriela Guimarães Nobre
    Floods, droughts and climate variability: From early warning to early action
    15 November 2019, Amsterdam (IVM-VU)
  • Paula Caroline dos Reis Oliveira
    The landscape drives the stream: unravelling ecological mechanisms to improve restoration
    20 November 2019, Amsterdam (IBED-UvA)
  • Johanna Gutleben
    Ecological and biotechnical aspects of Aplysina-associated microorganisms
    21 November 2019, Wageningen University (Microbiology)

  • Abias Uwimana 
    Rehabilitation of sediments and nutrients retention capacity in valley bottom wetlands
    28 November 2019, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

  • Francis Longory Lesilau
    Human-Lion conflict around Nairobi National Park
    04 December 2019, Leiden University (Institute of Environmental Sciences)
  • Mélanie Douziech
    Reliability in chemical footprint modelling of consumer products
    4 December 2019, Radboud University Nijmegen (Environmental Science)
  • Lotte Wilhelmina de Vos
    Rainfall monitoring with opportunistic sensors
    6 December 2019, Wageningen University (Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management)

  • Xabier Pedruzo Bagazgoitia
    On the interactions between clouds, radiation, turbulence and vegetation in the atmospheric boundary layer
    6 December 2019, Wageningen University (Meteorology and Air Quality)

  • Saritha Kittie Uda
    Sustainable Peatland Management in Indonesia: Towards better understanding of socio-ecological dynamics in tropical peatland management
    18 December 2019, Wageningen University, (Environmental Systems Analysis)
More upcoming graduations ››

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