Future Deltas course: Understanding drivers, predicting impacts, optimising solutions (28 August - 1 September 2017)

Are you working on river flooding, coastal dynamics, land subsidence, salt water intrusion, livelihoods, governance or environmental law? These and other interdisciplinary topics are all important for the sustainable management of coastal river deltas worldwide, which are currently under pressure of human impact and climate change. In this course, we offer an unique opportunity to look beyond your own (research or professional) boundary, and place your expertise in a broader context of natural (e.g. physical, biological, geochemical) and social (e.g. governance, law, socio-economic) processes affecting delta systems and delta life.

>> Read more in the flyer
>> Read more in the preliminary programme (version June 2017)

Course aim
The aim of this course is to provide you with a thorough integrated understanding of the physical, ecological, institutional, socio-economic and legal drivers of change in deltas, their impacts, and of solutions for sustainable management of deltas.

Course leaders and lecturers
Sanneke van Asselen, dr. Esther Stouthamer, dr. Frank van Laerhoven.
Lecturers include (more to be confirmed): dr. E. Stouthamer, prof. dr. H. Middelkoop, dr. R. van de Wal, dr. M. Hefting, dr. H.K. Gilissen, dr. S. van Asselen, dr. A. Keessen, prof. dr. A. Zoomers. In addition, local practitioners will be invited.

Period level
Advanced master level

Target group
Professionals, postdocs, PhD’s, and master students: participants should have a background in earth sciences, ecology, human geography, spatial planning, environmental governance or environmental or water law.
For master students: the daily board of Future Deltas will decide on participation of master students based on a letter of motivation and CV, which should be submitted to Sanneke van Asselen

Normal fee* 500 euro
Master students/PhD’s fee* 300 euro
*Including transportation, lunch, drinks and snacks during the day, excluding accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

Preliminary programme
Day 1: Multi-disciplinary introductory lectures on delta issues worldwide, interactive group sessions and discussions (Utrecht)
On-site thematic days:
Day 2: Land Subsidence (west of Utrecht)
Day 3: Flooding (near Middelburg)
Day 4: Salt water intrusion, Coastal dynamics and Water quality (near Middelburg)
Day 5: Delta cities (Dordrecht & Biesbosch) + Wrap-up session (Utrecht)
Each thematic day consists of lectures, group sessions, and field visits

Registration and more information
>> www.uu.nl/futuredeltas
>> https://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/science/future-deltas.

Registration deadline
25 June 2017

S. van Asselen
E: s.vanasselen@uu.nl

Future Deltas / Utrecht University
Tuesday 23 May 2017
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