Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

CML 40 years Symposium "Sustainability in a world ruled by populists"

Date: 28 June 2018
Location: Leiden

The Leiden University Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and that deserves a proper celebration! Thursday 28 June 2018 will be a wonderful day filled with talks by well-known speakers. The overarching theme for the day is:

"Sustainability in a world ruled by populists”.

All staff, former staff, colleagues, friends and students of the Faculty of Science are invited to join us for this festive institute anniversary!

The day will begin in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden, transformed for the occasion into an inspiration and debate centre. The morning will be filled with a series of festive lectures, followed in the afternoon by an in-depth programme. In the evening there will be a dinner and party for all staff and former staff in the Leiden Hortus Botanicus.


In the morning, Luminaries of Faculty of Science will give thought-provoking presentations. This will be followed in the afternoon by presentations and a debate.

A small preview: author Joris Luyendijk has agreed to come and share with us his vision on our fast-changing world filled with populist news items. Luyendijk is a journalist and anthropologist. In his most recent book, published in 2017 and entitled Kunnen we praten (Can We Talk?), he describes questions populists raise about having a say in one’s own country, immigration flows, the stability of the European Union, flexibilisation and privatisation. In short: the rebuilding of Europe.

MEP Bas Eickhout (GroenLinks) will also give a speech, demonstrating that the struggle for a more social Europe does not have to clash with the fight against climate change and for a sustainable society.

All presentations are to be given in English, and our moderator is Dr Paul Behrens, researcher and lecturer at the CML and Leiden University College The Hague. His research on climate change, food, water, and energy has garnered international attention, featuring in newspapers such as The New York Times, Newsweek, and the LA Times. He has delivered many radio presentations as science commentator and researcher on Radio New Zealand and the BBC.


To register, see the website for more information.