The itinerary for 2019 will include meetings with a wide variety of experts and site visits, similar to the 2018 program itinerary, which included:
Day 1 - Amsterdam
Arrival in Amsterdam. Meet at the Hostelboat Waterland in Oosterdok.
Bike to Amsterdam Noord
We’ll take the ferry and bike to Buiksloterham, an area in development in Amsterdam Noord, where urban planners and the city have put emphasis on the circular economy.
Meet with Bart Aptroot of One Architecture
Bart is the director of One Architecture in Amsterdam, one of the initiators of ‘Hackable City’, and lives in Buiksloterham.
Drinks and snacks at de Ceuvel in Amsterdam Noord
House tour at DIY house at Bosrankstraat
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Tour of the Rijksmuseum
Artworks ‘living with water’
Visit and lecture at Urgenda
Marjan Minnesma, managing director and co-founder of Urgenda Foundation, won a court case against the state of The Netherlands forcing government to act on climate issues. She headed a much-publicized 600 km march to the Paris Conference of 2015. Now, Urgenda is focusing on making The Netherlands energy neutral in 2030.
Boat departs for Rotterdam, dinner on board
Day 3 – Delft-Rotterdam
Arrival in Delft
Bike to Maeslantkering (two-hour bike ride)
The Maeslant storm surge barrier is the last part of the Dutch Delta Works and is the world’s largest moveable barrier. We will visit this impressive construction with a guide.
Visit the Floating Farm with Peter van Wingerden
Peter is the one of the founding directors of Beladon, an architecture company specializing in innovative, iconic, amphibious design. “Producing food for a growing world population that is becoming increasingly wealthy is developing into a bigger challenge by the day. There is continuously less arable land available. The ever-growing metropolises, which are a result of the enormous demand for city residences, cause an increasing gap between the inhabitants and agriculture. On the Floating Farm we produce and convert fresh milk into healthy dairy products consumable for people of all ages, and close to the target group of city residents.”
Meet on the boat for guest lecture by Mark Wagenbuur
Mark Wagenbuur’s cycling blog is world-renowned and has earned him the title of Dutch Cycling Ambassador.
Day 4 – Rotterdam
Energy transition at the Port of Rotterdam
Alan Dirks is the Program Manager for Policy & Planning, Environment Management at the Port of Rotterdam. His focus is on energy transition, circular economy and safety. He is responsible for his department’s contribution to Port of Rotterdam’s Energy Transition Program. He will be accompanied by his colleague Remco Neumann, who is the Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility for the Port of Rotterdam.
Visit Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland en de Krimpener Waard
Johan Helmer and his colleagues Roy Kraft van Ermel and Piet Boesberg will share their knowledge and work concerning water management in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is strong in managing their own water systems, but also uses this knowledge in international context, helping other countries. They do this through the international program “Blue Deal.” Johan and his colleagues will share their national and international experience with us.
Architecture Bike Tour
Meet at Waterland for a bike tour of Rotterdam’s famous architecture and resilience projects by Urban Guides.
Day 5 – The Hague
Visit the Dutch government buildings
Tour to the Hall of Knights and both Parliament Buildings: House of Representatives and the Dutch Senate
Travel to Scheveningen to experience North Sea beach culture
Day 6 – Rotterdam
Visit GroenLinks and Rotterdam City Hall
In the last elections, the Green Party won big in municipalities all over the country, including Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Delft. Council members Jeroen Postma and Stephan Leeuwis will tell us about their party. They will focus both on measures regarding sustainability, and on politics; and how they won the elections.
Meet with Dr. Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Harvard, as well as a musician, filmmaker and writer holding an MFA in Visual Arts from UCSD and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Since 2016, her research on the peculiar indeterminacy between land and water in Indonesia and the Netherlands has been supported by the Social Science Resource Council and involved extended periods of research in Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Guided tour of the Dream Factory
We will visit Studio Roosegaarde a.k.a the Dream Factory. Roosegaarde explores and activates solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. Participators in the interactive tours will learn about the social role in Roosegaardes designs and about the importance of “Schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) as an activator for clean air, water and energy when it comes to mitigating climate change.
Optional: Visit Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower and the Haka Building
Day 7 – Nijmegen
Bike tour Room for the River in Nijmegen
Professor Simon Richter will show us the Room for the River project
Meet in Cafe Waalzicht with Hans Brouwer, project manager for Room for the River for Rijkswaterstaat
Hans Brouwer has been an international spokesperson for the Room for the River project for years, and knows all the ins and outs of the project.
4 p.m. Walking tour of University Campus
This year, Nijmegen is the European Green Capital of the year! It highlights its status with conferences, exhibits and guided tours. We will attend a guided tour and see many sustainability measures on campus in action, such as green roofs, water buffers, solar panels and the sustainable ambitions of the new addition to the hospital in Nijmegen.
Day 8 – Berlin
Train to Berlin
Welcome Dinner at Good Morning Vietnam
The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most famous landmarks and historic sites, including the Berlin Palace, Brandenburg Gate, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Day 9 – Berlin
Lecture at GIZ (German International Development Office)
Johannes Uhl, Advisor for Energy Foreign Policy, and Dr. José Schultz, Head of the Department of External Energy Policy, will talk about the Energiewende and Technology Transfer in an international context.
Bike Tour of Tempelhofer Feld
Tour of Tempelhofer Feld and free time for riding. Tempelhofer was one of Europe's three iconic pre-World War II airports. It acquired a further iconic status as the center of the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49. Tempelhofer Airport closed all operations on October 30, 2008, despite the efforts of some protesters to prevent the closure. A non-binding referendum was held on April 27, 2008 against the impending closure but failed due to low voter turnout. The former airfield has subsequently been used as a recreational space.
Day 10 – Berlin
Charlotte Loreck, Öko-Institut e.V. (Theme: Coal Phaseout)
Charlotte Loreck holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Engineering Science (TU Berlin and Technion, Haifa, Israel) and from 2007—2010 worked in the Section Sustainable Energy Supply at the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau. She has authored papers on Germany’s nuclear phase out and is currently a Senior Researcher at the Öko-Institut.
Meeting at Heinrich Böll Stiftung
We will be meeting with Dr. Stephanie Groll, who is a consultant for Ecology and Sustainability at the foundation. “The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self- determination and justice.” They are a Green Think Tank and an International Policy Network.
Meeting at CHORA Conscious City, Technical University Berlin
We will meet with two teaching fellows, Mortiz Maria Karl, who focuses on the relationship between people, cities and technology and how networked information technology could structure new ways of collectivity and citizen empowerment, and Georg Hubmann, who specialized in climate change and was involved in the Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) project. They are both part of C H O R A Conscious City, under the direction of architect and professor of sustainable urban planning Raoul Bunschoten.
Meet with Penn Berlin Study Abroad students for dinner at Schlachtensee Biergarten (bring your bathing suits!)
Day 11 - Eberswalde
Site visit to Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Faculty of Forest and Environment
Day 12 - Berlin
Site Visit and Lecture at Agora Energiewende
In 2012, the European Climate Foundation and the Mercator Foundation founded Agora Energiewende to tackle the challenges posed by the energy transition. Its official mandate is to develop academically rigorous and politically feasible pathways for transforming energy systems toward clean energy in Germany and across the globe. Since its founding, Agora Energiewende has become one of Europe’s leading energy policy think tanks. It has developed numerous policies that informed the German government and European institutions. We will first meet with Alice Sakhel to talk about the current state of the grid, plans for and obstacles to its expansion and current and future integration of the grid within Europe. She will focus on current issues in the energy transition. Then we will meet with Martha Otwinowski and Benjamin Wehrmann of CLEW (Clean Energy Wire) to talk about the role of journalism in the Energy Transition and Climate Policy.
Lunch at Yaam
Yaam stands for "Young African Art Market" and has been around since 1994. In summer Yaam is a relaxed alternative center filled with beach bars, sand, water and culinary treats from the Caribbean and Africa.
Site visit at ID 22 - Institute for Creative Sustainability led by Michael LaFond
ID 22 is a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization based in the urban lab we know as Berlin. A focus is on the theory and practice of creative sustainability, emphasizing self-organization and local urban initiatives. The Institute coordinates educational services, networking events and publications exploring CoHousing and related projects like CoWorking and community gardening in the context of a post-growth, democratic urban development.
Free afternoon and evening.
Day 13 – Berlin & Potsdam
Meeting at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation associated with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). “At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.” We will meet with Jasper Eitze, who is a coordinator for Political Dialogue and Analysis for European and International Cooperation.
Tour of Telegraphenberg in Potsdam
Today Telegraphenberg is a research center for astronomy, physics and geoscience but its name derives from its original use as part of an optical telegraph system first developed in 1832. A few institutions have their headquarters on the Telegraphenberg, among them the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, as part of the Albert Einstein Science Park that includes the hill.
Potsdam city tour
Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of the Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape, Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason.
Potsdam to Wannsee Cruise and farewell dinner
From the Potsdam harbor, we will pass between Babelsberg Park and Glieneke Park. We will turn into the Teltow Canal and pass through six lakes surrounded by former palaces and numerous villas of past German film stars.