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The itinerary for 2018 will include meetings with a wide variety of experts and site visits, similar to the 2017 program itinerary, which included:

Day 1 - Amsterdam

  • Orientation and lunch at Dappermarkt (local market)
  • Canal tour in a vintage boat
  • Ferry to Amsterdam Noord
  • Tour of an innovative, sustainable home and discussion with the architect and homeowner
  • Welcome dinner and presentation on urban resiliency by Anna Goede from Rainproof Amsterdam

Day 2 - Amsterdam

  • Marjan Minnesma, founding director of Urgenda, the NGO that sued the Dutch government to be more aggressive in reducing GHGs
  • Lunch and conversation with Tracy Metz, design expert and author of Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch
  • Interactive tour of water-themed paintings at the Rijksmuseum

Day 3 - Rotterdam

  • Tour of Maeslantkering, the innovative storm surge barrier that protects the Rotterdam region
  • Presentation by Wynand Dassen, project manager of the Rotterdam Resilience Team, on the 40th floor of an iconic building by Rem Kohlhaas
  • “Make Room for the River,” presentation by and discussion with Hans Brouwer of the Rijkswaterstaat, ecologist and project manager for the Royal Dutch Water Board
  • Dinner and conversation at the StayOkay Hostel

Day 4 - The Hague

  • Visit the Ministry of Environment & Infrastructure for a discussion with Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Management, about water management and sustainability in Dutch development policy
  • Discussion with Peter van Wingerden, CEO of Beladon, a firm specializing in floating and amphibious architecture and design
  • Introduction to the Dutch political system and tour of parliament
  • Relaxing evening on the beach of Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague

Day 5 - Delft

  • Tour of historical center of Delft
  • Presentation on “Building with Nature” by ecologist Bregje van Weesenbeeck at Deltares, an engineering consultancy and research lab
  • Tour of the Deltares water simulation facilities
  • Exploration of the city

Day 6 - Rotterdam

  • Bicycle tour of architecture and sustainability
  • Free afternoon and evening

Day 7 - Rotterdam to Berlin

  • Train trip from Rotterdam to Berlin
  • Welcome dinner at Hasir, a Turkish restaurant
  • Walking tour of historic Berlin

Day 8 - Berlin

  • Karin Franzen from GIZ, a German international development agency, on renewable energy technology transfer between China and Germany
  • Bicycle tour of the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport, now a massive public green space in the heart of Berlin
  • Lunch at YAAM, an African complex of makeshift restaurants, clubs, street art and socializing on the Spree River
  • Discussion and tour of the Institute for Creative Sustainability focusing on cultures of sustainable and alternative urban development with Director Michael LaFond
  • Dinner in the Biergarten at Schlachtensee, a local beach

Day 9 - Berlin

  • A presentation by Charlotte Lorek, engineer for the Öko-Institut, on the coal phase-out
  • A presentation by Paul Hockenos, environmental journalist and author, on sustainability and the political landscape in Germany
  • Free afternoon and evening

Day 10 - Berlin

  • Travel to Eberswalde for meetings and conversation with faculty and students of the University for Sustainable Development
  • Participants present “Sustainability in the Era of Trump” at a public event organized by the City of Eberswalde, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the University for Sustainable Development

Day 11 - Eberswalde

  • Meeting with Kerstin Meyer, senior associate of Agora Verkehrswende, on decarbonizing the transportation sector
  • Meeting with Marta Otwinowski and Benjamin Wehrmann, journalists for Clean Energy Wire
  • Meeting with Claudia Kemfert, director of the Department of Energy, Transportation and Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research

Day 12 - Potsdam

  • Guided tour of the Telegrafenberg, the site of major scientific and climate related institutes since the 19th century
  • Tour of Sanssouci Park (palaces of the Prussian and German Imperial Family)
  • Meeting with Jobst Heitzig at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research for a discussion of smart grids and electricity supply from renewables
  • Potsdam river cruise to view historical palaces
  • Farewell dinner at Wahnsee Biergarten

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