On 28 September (16:00-18:00) there will be an exciting event at Naturalis Biodiversity Center with the resilience scientist Carl Folke.
Resilience to climate change? We need to maintain biodiversity! We want to discuss the need to view climate change and biodiversity loss as intertwined – not as separate- phenomena. See a recent interview with Carl Folke in De GroeneAmsterdammer.
It’s going to be an interactive event, so bring all your thoughts, questions and maybe even critique about studies on resilience and planetary boundaries, particularly in relation to biodiversity and climate change.
Everyone can join, please sign up here so we have a rough idea how many drinks to get.
- 16:00 Welcome & intro
- 16:15 Presentation by Carl Folke Our future in the Anthropocene biosphere
- 16:45 Pitches by PhD candidates from Naturalis, WUR, and TU Delft, including critical questions for Carl Folke and the audience
- 17:00-18:00 Interactive discussion with drinks
Why is Carl Folke in The Netherlands?
Carl has recently been selected for the 2022 KNAW Heineken Prize for Environmental Science for his pioneering role in the integrated approach to sustainability issues. He has laid the foundation for the theory that describes the resilience of social and ecological systems and has been at the forefront on influential concepts such as the ecological footprint, resilience, and Earth stewardship.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center & 4TU are hosting Carl Folke on the 28th of September at LiveScience. He will receive 2022 KNAW Heineken Prize for Environmental Science the next day on 29th of Sept at the Trippenhuis of KNAW in Amsterdam, so we get to enjoy his thoughts before all the formalities. To give some context, in case you are not familiar with the KNAW Heineken Prizes: these prizes are considered the most prestigious international science prizes of The Netherlands. Every two years they are awarded to five distinguished researchers. A number of Heineken Prize recipients in the past have gone on to receive a Nobel prize, e.g. Jennifer Doudna with CRISPR-cas9.
What do you mean by Resilience?
Resilience is seen as the degree to which ecosystems can regenerate after disruption. Resilience defines the capacity to live with changing conditions, and to cope with predictable and unpredictable events, such as increasingly frequent extreme weather events. The loss of species due to the way in which humans interact with nature reduces the resilience of entire ecosystems and, therefore, the certainty of its continued existence. Early in his career, Folke realized that you cannot solve this problem by considering humans as external factors affecting ecosystems, as was common at the time. People are part of the ecosystems they are changing. People and nature are dynamically intertwined and embedded in the biosphere.