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    Newsletter March 2020
02 March 2020
Table of contents
SENSE updates ››
Upcoming courses and activities
A1 SENSE Introductory Course, 25-27 March ››
Food Value Chain Research, 30 March - 3 April ››
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses ››
Upcoming Events
Seminar: Developing Earth System Law, 19 March ››
General assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), 3-8 May ››
European Urban Resilience Forum, 26-27 May ››
Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector ››
Blogs and Vlogs
Video story by SENSE PhD candidate Uthpal Kumar ››
Upcoming PhD Graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming ››
SENSE highlights
A1 SENSE Introductory Course, 25-27 March 2020 
New SENSE employee 

Dear member of the SENSE community,

We live in a digital era. Do you know how to benefit from the digital world as a scientist? As a PhD candidate at SENSE you can benefit from workshops on digital skills (e.g. programming, data handling, open science, best practices, etc.), which the eScience center provides. And what about social media? Using Twitter can be useful in the early stages of a scientific career, during which lack of collaboration or delayed access to information can have the most impact. Read 10 simple rules for getting started on Twitter as a scientist. Thirdly, we give you two examples on how scientific stories are told with use of digital skills: a story map of the European Environment Agency about future climate hazards in Europe and a photo essay of two yournalists who chased climate change in Norway. 

Furthermore, we have an organisational change to announce. Ad van Dommelen has accepted a new job as managing director of the strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability at Utrecht University. This means also that he has left his position as Director of Education and Managing Director of the SENSE Research School per 1 March 2020. Ad played a very important role in the development of the SENSE Research School almost from the start. We thank him for all his efforts, inspiration and dedication to SENSE. We wish him success in his new challenging job. 

We welcome new SENSE employee Katarzyna Negacz. She joined the SENSE network as the new coordinator for the A2 projects and she will co-organise the A1 course in fall 2020. Kate is an interdisciplinary researcher at the Environmental Policy Analysis Department at the IVM-VU. You can find her at the IVM-VU or contact her by email:

SENSE Office

Upcoming courses
A1 SENSE Introductory Course, 25-27 March 2020
This course brings together PhD candidates that have the ambition to work on environmental issues and who have just started their journey within SENSE.
Food Value Chain Research, 30 March - 3 April 2020
To understand inter-organizational relationships across food chains, is a new multi-disciplinary area of research encompassing organizational, sustainability and quality perspectives. This autumn school will give students insights in the different theories in this area and learn them how to apply these, in an integrated way, to their own research project.
Overview of recently announced PhD / postdoc courses
More upcoming courses ››
  • Human Induced Soil Degradation- challenges and solutions
    two weeks of preparation (31 August-13 September) and a trip to Portugal (14-23 September)


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
Seminar: Developing Earth System Law, 19 March 2020
In this seminar, Prof. Kotzé will reflect on the Anthropocene trope and the extent and dimensions of its socio-ecological crisis. After the presentation, an ensuing panel debate will take place about the new legal paradigm with discussants Dr. Natalie Dobson and Prof. Dr. Seline Trevisanut, followed by an informal drink.
General assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), 3-8 May 2020
The EGU General Assembly 2020 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.
European Urban Resilience Forum, 26-27 May 2020
Participants are encouraged to share experiences and points of view on diverse topics, tackling existing challenges in local urban adaptation, while exploring potential solutions and opportunities for future collaboration.
Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector, 27-29 May 2020
From Capacity Development to Implementation Science. Scholars, decision-makers and practitioners are invited to discuss the current and future role of capacity development within policy, operational practice and education. 
Blogs and vlogs
Video story from SENSE PhD student: climate information services in Bangladesh
SENSE PhD student Uthpal Kumar is co-developing climate information services with smallholder farmers in Bangladesh for the WaterApps project. In this video, Ela Ganguli tells us about her experience with climate information services
Watch video ››
Upcoming PhD graduations
Overview of PhD graduations upcoming period
  • Shakeel Hayat
    Inclusive Development and Multilevel Transboundary Water Governance - The Kabul River
    IHE Delft, Integrated Water Systems & Governance
    Graduation date: 5 March 2020
  • Dainis Sudmalis
    The Role of Organic Substrates on Anaerobic Sludge Granulation, Microbial Community and Activity Under Saline Conditions
    Wageningen University
    Graduation date: 6 March 2020
  • Jillian Student
    Vulnerability is dynamic: An interactive approach to enhance adaptation strategies to climate change for coastal tourism
    Wageningen University, Environmental Policy Group
    Graduation date: 27 March 2020
More upcoming graduations ››

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