Day 1
18 Apr 2018
Day 2
19 Apr 2018
09:00 - 10:00

Arrival / Registration / Coffee

Welcome and Opening

Marie Christine van der Sman

Save Our Skies

The impact of Climate Change and other ecological changes exacerbated by human activity on the atmosphere is well-documented. Our expert speaker will provide a scientific analysis of those impacts.
Prof. Dr. Rik Leemans

Save Our Skins

Have parts of our world already become too hot to live? The Max Planck Institute foresees that parts of the Middle East and North Africa will become so hot that human habitability is compromised.
Dr. Maarten van Aalst
11:40 - 12:00

Coffee Break

Save Our Seas

In this session, our expert speaker Dr Lennart de Nooijer will talk about the state of our seas and oceans.
Dr. Lennart De Nooijer
12:40 - 14:00

Exhibition & Lunch Break

Save Our Shores

The keyword of this session is Sea Level Rise and its associated consequences for marine wildlife and coastal communities. Sea level rise is threatening coastal areas. Communities and entire cities located at the shores are at risk of being flooded.
Prof. Dr. Dano Roelvink

Save Our Streams

Large-scale dams, deforestation, pollution and melting glaciers all impact on crucial streams and river basins. One example is the Tibetan Plateau, which feeds major rivers in South, South-East, East and Central Asia, providing water for 2 billion people.
Prof. Dr. Kenneth Irvine
15:00 - 15:20

Coffee Break

Save Our Soils

Soil is often overlooked when people discuss environmental degradation. But in many parts of the world soils are irreversibly degraded and polluted with serious risks for ecosystem integrity and food...
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Prof. Dr. Violette Geissen

Save Our Space

Debris is increasingly polluting space. What are the implications? They might go further than you think. The talk by Prof. Dr. Eberhard Gill will give you a comprehensive overview of how much space junk we are talking about and why we should care about it.
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Gill

Discussion & Closing remarks

Jane Madgwick BSc MSc

“Save our Swing”

Musicians Against Climate Change - Gidon Nunes Vaz Sextet
18:00 - 20:00

Evening Reception / Networking

08:30 - 09:30

Arrival / Registration / Coffee

Save Our Species

Due to habitat destruction, pollution, poaching, illegal hunting and fishing, and climate change, species around the world are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. This is best recorded by the IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in its periodical Red List.
Dr. Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten

Save Our Selvas

In the past decades the relationship between forests and climate change has focused on the amount of carbon stored in forests and the amount of carbon dioxide released when forests are converted in other land uses. Only recently we begin to understand the relationship between patters of rainfall and forest cover.
Prof. Dr. René Boot
10:50 - 11:10

Coffee Break

Save Our Seeds

Our present-day crops for food and agriculture have once been developed from wild plant species through adaptation by humans, a process that is known as domestication. This process resulted in crops in which only a subset of the wild genetic diversity was represented, a concept that is referred to as the domestication bottleneck.
Dr. Robbert van Treuren

The Way Forward

Johan van de Gronden leads us from diagnosis to therapy
Johan van de Gronden

Save Our Systems/Civilisations

Barry Commoner’s first law of ecology basically says it all: Everything Is Connected to Everything Else. In this session, Prof. Dr. Klaas van Egmond will bring together the “spherical” SOS’s from a systems ecology perspective and give us insights into what the connections are. He will also talk about what the implications for our civilisations are.
Prof. Dr. Klaas van Egmond
12:30 - 14:00

Exhibition & Lunch Break

Save Our Souls

Our physical health and spiritual well-being are intrinsically linked to ecosystems. All life rests on them, meaning in other words: do not invoke the wrath of Mother Nature, but enjoy her benign beauty. Our expert speaker Johan van de Gronden, moral philosopher and conservationist will provide us with his insights of many years working in this field.
Johan van de Gronden

Save Our Science

In times of fake news, fake science and social media, scientific accuracy is at risk of being eroded. However, its importance for painting an accurate picture of how the world works, where we are at and where we will be going is more important than ever.
Jan Paul van Soest
15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

Save Our Security

The spherical themes discussed at this Symposium also have strong security implications. The degradation of the natural environment can cause or exacerbate conflicts, and conflicts in turn can lead to the degradation of the environment, leaving us in a vicious cycle. Speaker General (ret) Tom Middendorp, former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, has many years’ experience in the military and knows exactly why environmental degradation is a threat to our security.
General (ret) Tom Middendorp


Wouter Veening

Save Our SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

Panel discussion with speakers on the way forward. Introductory remarks by Hugo von Meijenfeldt and contributary remark by Alide Roerink. This panel discussion will take place in the framework of...
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17:30 - 19:30

Evening Reception / Networking