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Effecten van nanodeeltjes op bodemleven blootgelegd

Nanotechnologie is een oplossing voor veel problemen. Maar deze technologie brengt ook risico’s met zich mee voor mens en milieu. In een promotie-onderzoek, uitgevoerd bij Alterra Wageningen UR en Wageningen University, bracht promovenda Merel van der Ploeg de effecten van nanodeeltjes op het bodemleven in kaart. Voorzichtigheid met deze technologie blijft geboden, zo blijkt.


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A global risk assessment of river and coastal flooding

A new study provides the first global estimates of river and coastal flooding, highlighting past and future trends, and indicates that Asia and Europe are two of the regions that are worst affected. The researchers suggest that their methods could be useful in developing a global framework for flood risk assessment.


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Upcoming PhD Graduations

PhD Graduations February 2013

Darya Kupryianchyk
Activated carbon in sediment remediation. Benefits, risks and perspectives
1 February 2013, 16.00 hrs, Wageningen

Maximiliano Sassi
Discharge regimes, tides and morphometry in the Mahakam delta channel network
11 February 2013, 16.00 hrs, Wageningen

Joost aan de Brugh
Aerosol processes relevant for the Netherlands
22 February 2013, 16.00 hrs, Wageningen

Ruud Janssen
Chemical and physical drivers of the evolution of organic aerosols over forests
1 March 2013, 13.30 hrs, Wageningen

Don't forget to announce your own graduation at Or send an email to marjolijn.dannenburg(at)

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Upcoming PhD Courses

SENSE Courses

S231E New frontiers in microbial ecology (2.0 ECTS)
10-15 February 2013; Course Coordinators: Prof.Dr. J.D. van Elsas (RuG), Prof.Dr. H. van Veen (NIOO, Wageningen), Dr. G.A. Kowalchuk (UU); registration deadline: 11 Jan 2013

S080 Scientific and Professional Publishing on Environment and Sustainability (4.3 ECTS)
13 March - 12 June 2013; Course Lecturers: Dr W. Ivens and dr. L. Fredrix (OU); registration deadline; 28 February 2013

S016E Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution (6.0 ECTS)
18 March - 29 June 2013; Course lecturers: Prof. Ido Pen and Prof. Franjo Weissing (RUG)

A1 Environmental Research in Context (2.0 ECTS)
20-22 March 2013; Course Coordinator: Ad van Dommelen, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam

S289E Sampling in space and time for survey and monitoring of natural resources (1.0 ECTS)
1-5 April 2013; Course Coordinator: Dick Brus (Team Soil Geography, WUR)

S358 Complex Dynamics in Human-Environment Systems (2.0 ECTS)
15-19 April 2013; Course Coordinators: Prof. Carolien Kroeze (WUR and OU), Serge Stalpers (SENSE), Aritta Suwarno (WUR)

S221 Dynamic Energy Budgets (8.0 ECTS)
15-26 April 2013; Course coordinator: Bas Kooijman (VU) 

S101E Speciation and Bioavailability (2.0 ECTS)
3-7 June 2013; Course Coordinator: Professor Raewyn M. Town

S602a Sustainable Bio-energy and Bio-products & Innovation (2.0 ECTS)
1-5 July 2013; Course Coordinator: Annemiek ter Heijne (WUR)

Skills Courses
An updated overview of all skills courses at SENSE universities and institutes is available now at  

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Online courses

N44311: Environmental Problems: Crossing Boundaries between Science, Policy and Society (4.3 ECTS)
e-Learning, Open University
Link to the course (Word file)

New portals for online courses

  • coursera, portal for free online courses worldwide
  • edX, portal with free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) from edX Universities (US)
  • Udacity, portal of accessible, affordable, engaging online classes

More e-Learning courses

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External Courses

The following is a selection of interesting external courses.

Course: Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management
Dates: 28 February - 1 March 2013, Location: Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen

Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Trade-offs
Dates: 5 March or 7 March 2013, Location: London or Edinburgh, UK

PCDI Postdoc Retreat for Life Sciences
Dates: 13-15 March 2013, Location: Kapellerput, Heeze (Eindhoven area)

LIAISE Spring School Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Assessment and Valuation Tools
Dates: 15-19 April 2013, Location: Edinburgh, UK

STEPS Centre Summer School
Dates: 13-24 May 2013, Location: Brighton, UK; deadline for applications: 31 Jan 2013

VOLANTE Summer School on "Transitions in Landscape and Land Use"
Dates: 12-18 June 2013, Location: Lesvos, Greece

Summer Program in Austria for Ph.D. candidates
Dates: June, July, August 2013, Location: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA, Vienna, Austria

Summer School Estuarine and Coastal Processes for PhD students
Dates: 1-12 July 2013, Location: Texel; deadline for application: 5 April 2013

Climate-KIC summer school 2013
Dates: 8 July - 8 Aug or 5 Aug - 6 Sep 2013, Location: Wageningen, London, Zurich, Paris, Berlin, deadline for application: 4 March 2013

Find PhD Courses, Winter and Summer Schools in Europe at

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SENSE Events

Mini-symposium Discharge regimes, tides and morphometry in the Mahakam Delta Channel Network

Date: February 11, 2013
Location: Forum Building room C321, Wageningen University Campus, Wageningen
Duration: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Mini-symposium on the occasion of the PhD defence by Maximiliano Gabriel Sassi.


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SENSE Summer Academy 2013 - pre-announcement

Date: June 18, 2013
Location: Utrecht
Duration: all day.



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Upcoming events

Overview of upcoming events

5 Feb 2013  Symposium 'Duurzaam groeien en vernieuwen', PBL, Den Haag > Read more...

5-6 Feb 2013  Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM), Lunteren > Read more...

7-8 Feb 2013  NME-Oriëntatiedagen 2013: voeding voor groei, netwerk voor morgen!, VVM, Apeldoorn > Read more...

11-13 Feb 2013  YES Meeting Interdisciplinary discourse on current environmental challenges, Krakow, Poland > Read more...

25-26 Feb 2013  International Conference: Two Hundred Years of Urban Meteorology, Florence, Italy > Read more...

12 Mar 2013  Landelijk Geurcongres 2013, VVM, Deventer > Read more...

16-20 Mar 2013  TWAM 2013: International Conference & Workshops: Transboundary water management across borders and interfaces; present and future challenges, Aveiro, Portugal > Read more...

18-20 Mar 2013  European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013: Integrating Climate into Action, Hamburg, Germany > Read more...

7-10 Apr 2013  Symposium Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials, Wageningen (deadline for Poster sbstract submission: 1 March 2013) > Read more...

16-19 Apr 2013  12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management, Barcelona, Spain > Read more...

22-25 Apr 2013  2nd Sustainable Watershed Management Conference - CALL FOR PAPERS, Turkey > Read more...

24-26 Apr 2013  3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, Marbella, Spain > Read more...

24-26 Apr 2013  Conference on Asset management for enhancing energy efficiency in water and wastewater systems, Marbella, Spain > Read more...

2-4 May 2013  International scientific conference "Landscape and Imagination. Towards a new baseline for education in a changing world", Paris, France > Read more...

17-18 May 2013  International Workshop: The rush of China and India to Africa: State versus market driven development cooperation strategies, The Hague > Read more...

21-24 May 2012  International Conference: Water in the Anthropocene - Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System, Bonn, Germany > Read more...

27-28 May 2013  3rd International Conference on Research Frontiers in Chalcogen Cycle Science & Technology, Delft > Read more...

27-30 May 2013  Impacts World 2013, International Conference on Climate Change Effects, Potsdam, Germany > Read more...

29-31 May 2013  Symposium: Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality: Who's taking the lead?, Delft > Read more...

29-31 May 2013  International Conference: Cooperation or Conflict? Economics of natural resources and food, Wageningen > Read more...

30 May 2013 BCF Career Event, RAI Amsterdam > Read more...

3 June 2013  21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark > Read more...

17-18 June 2013  Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, Ghent, Belgium (deadline for abstract submission: 1 Feb 2013) > Read more...

25-28 June 2013  2nd International Conference Energy & Meteorology - Water & Climate for the Energy Industry - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, Toulouse, France > Read more...

26-29 June 2013  SIM2013 - International Conference Sustainable Intelligent Manufacuring, Lisbon, Portugal > Read more...

1-3 July 2013  Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Groningen > Read more...

2-5 July 2013  GI_Forum 2013 - Creating the GISociety (including a special session on Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring), Salzburg, Austria (deadline for paper submission: 1 Feb 2013) > Read more...

22-27 Sept 2013  8th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia (deadline abstract submission: 15 Feb 2013) > Read more...

28-30 Dec 2013  12th International Asian Urbanization Conference: "Urban Dynamics, Environment and Health: Challenges for the Twenty First Century", Varanasi, India (deadline abstract submission: 30 Apr 2013) > Read more...

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Postdoc information

NGI Venture Challenge, submission deadline 27 Feb 2013

Thinking of starting up a company in Life Sciences? Got a great idea but not sure how to commercialise it? The Venture Challenge is one of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative’s activities aimed at stimulating and supporting Life Sciences researchers in translating their inventions into viable business ideas.

NGI's Venture Challenge is a ‘must-do’ opportunity for all aspiring Life Sciences entrepreneurs. It is the way to receive coaching and advice on essential elements of setting up a business, thereby paving the way for your future success. It is also superb preparation for the next stage: acquiring financing, such as the Life Sciences Pre-Seed Grant. In two 3-day workshops, the facilitators and other ‘competing’ teams will challenge you to focus your business idea to create optimal customer value, and you will learn to pitch your business case. The team with the best venture plan and pitch is awarded €25,000. > More info...

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3 weeks left to register for the upcoming PCDI Postdoc Retreat

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Postdoc Career Development Initiative

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SENSE Facebook

Have you found already the SENSE Facebook page? Have a look at:!/groups/218651218200356/. Here you can find some news articles, events, announcements and courses. If you like you can share items as well with your fellow SENSE colleagues.

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Practicalities archive

On the SENSE website you can find information on:

  • SENSE Benchmarks for Publication output
  • Measuring the Societal Impact of SENSE Research Groups
  • The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice
  • Publication tops and trics


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Crash Course On Socializing At A Scientific Conference Dinner

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Calls, funding, grants

Apply now for Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG) - deadline 7 Mar 2013

Call for proposals 2013 for Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG) was published on 18 October 2012. Career Integration Grants (CIG) support experienced researchers of any nationality, with at least 4 years’ full-time research experience or a doctoral degree. The grant is a flat-rate contribution towards research costs. These may, for example, include the salary costs of the researcher or other staff employed for the project, travel costs, consumables, patent costs and publication costs. The grant will cover a period of 2 to 4 years.


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Brazilian – Netherlands Research Programme on ‘Biobased Economy’ - deadline 25 Apr 2013

Source, with more information: Bulletin of the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences:

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Future Earth Interim Director - deadline 15 Feb 2013

Future Earth is looking to recruit an Interim Director who will lead the programme during the transition phase to it becoming fully operational in 2014.


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General research vacancies pages

Acedemic Transfer

GHG Europe (Greenhouse gas management in European land use systems)

Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN)

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