On 9 March 2018 Wageningen University celebrates its 100th Dies Natalis, marking 100 years of Wageningen research and education excellence. In addition to the official programme of the Dies Natalis, master classes for all employees and students are given.
Exploring Human-environment Relations through a Social Ecological Lens: Some Prospects and Propositions - Prof. dr. Katrina Brown
In this master class Prof. Brown will explore how an understanding of social difference, poverty and marginalisation relationships are at the core of our current sustainability challenges. In doing so she argues that a combination of empathy, combined with transdisciplinary and reflexive approaches to research can engender both pro-social and pro-environmental change.
How can concepts such as ecological footprint, resilience and safe operating space help us crystallize key insights in highly complex systems? – Prof. dr. Carl Folke
Economies cannot be understood outside the context of the complexity of societies. Likewise societies do not make sense in isolation from the biosphere in which we live. In order to show ways of carving sustainable futures for humanity, science thus needs to unravel how entire social-ecological systems work. Carl Folke will discuss how concepts such as ecological footprint, resilience and safe operating space can help us crystallize key insights in these highly complex systems.
Students and young scientists are trained at our universities to do research in a somewhat, conventional, way. Research questions are more or less standardised, because they derive from large ongoing projects. This is logical and understandable, Bas wants to encourage students and staff to think out of the box. Carry out a short project that isn’t completely in your science field; maybe all by yourself instead of in a consortium; through an unconventional research method, and so on. Get inspired by this master
Flavor perception is a multi-sensory sensation of smell, mouthfeel, sight, sound and taste, but is much more than a psychical perception in isolation. Many senses interact, and the senses are also shaped and affected by individual food experiences, physical surroundings of eating and psychological factors. The combination of this all determines how we perceive flavor and in the end what we like to eat. This master class will reintroduce the classical nature-nurture debate to tasting food and alongside some tenacious common sense ideas will be busted.
In the master class, the scope and limitations of supramolecular polymers will be presented and its importance in both natural and artificial systems and materials will be shown with applications in life sciences as well as in energy-related applications.
In this master class you will learn about circular fashion through interaction with researchers and designers. Questions we raise are 'How can cross-pollinations between design, technology and business create circularity in the textile industry?' and 'How can Wageningen expertise contribute to making fashion supply chains more circular?'
At present the number of obese people in the world exceeds the number of starving people. Obesity is literally a huge problem, ultimately leading to many diseases. Why has obesity become an epidemic? One would think that the reason is simple: we eat too much and unhealthy, and we exercise too little and sit too much. However, treatment programs purely focusing on these two (eat less, exercise more) often fail. In this master class we will discuss the underlying mechanisms leading to obesity. Many factors contribute to weight gain or regain. The good news is, that a lot of these factors are modifiable. Thus, the problem of the obesity epidemic is that we think too simple. The solution is: look at all contributing factors and change them where possible. This may help to stop judging and start to support people with obesity.
Ever wondered what you feel if you fly through a hurricane? Dr Ad Stoffelen of KNMI did so as part of his research on ocean winds. In this master class he will talk about his experiences after giving a broad introduction on hurricanes and how to derive surface winds over the ocean from using satellites.
Frank Westerman will perform an anatomical dissection on his own book ‘El Negro en ik’. He literally grabs a scalpel and starts cutting. While watching this theatrical performance, the writer explains how dissecting relates to the content of his book. Westerman is alumnus of WUR and is now author of several books, of which De Graanrepubliek, Ingenieurs van de ziel and the more recent In het land van de ja-knikkers. His work is translated worldwide. (Masterclass held in Dutch).
Lack of nutrients can be a major limiting factor determining food security in developing countries. In contrast, excess nutrients leads to environmental pollution and non-sustainable agriculture in rapid developing and developed countries. China has been experiencing both too little and too much nutrients over the past decades. In this master class, possible causes and consequences of over-fertilization for food production and the environment will be discussed, as well as technologies to improve nutrient management. Such technologies are being introduced in vast areas of China to increase productivity, nutrient use efficiency and environmental sustainability. The master class will bring a story of harmonizing food security and sustainability.