AGCI Newsletter

AGCI: Catalyzing interdisciplinary cooperation


laan 2Welcome to the AGCI Newsletter! This Newsletter aims to keep you in touch with news and events connected to the Amsterdam Global Change Institute.

More than 250 researchers participate in AGCI,
with research groups from both VU University Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam. To give you an impression of our achievements, we present a selection of recent scientific publications by AGCI research leaders. In 2012, six new and energetic postdoc researchers have started their investigations within AGCI – aiming to create innovative bridges between the environmental domains.

Besides informing you about the development and progress of AGCI research, we would like to invite you to take part in our AGCI activities. One excellent upcoming occasion for doing so, is to attend our meeting on 22 May – when we will have three keynote speakers in relation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (see our invitation below).

You are invited!

Frans Berkhout


Introducing AGCI postdocs and their projects

postdocs Marjan van de Weg:
"Dynamics of vegetation characteristics..." 

 Tjalf de Boer:
"Gene expression measurements..."

 Matthew Helmus:
"Modelling ecosystem services..."

 Tatiana Kiseleva:
"Economics of global change..."

 Jasper van Vliet:
"Global land use and teleconnections..."

 Ayşem Mert:
"Checks and balances for planet Earth..."

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VU and UvA cooperate in AGCI

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Recently, four UvA departments have joined AGCI:

  • Amsterdam Business School,
  • Amsterdam Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability,
  • Department of Political Science,
  • Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences.  

AGCI is an opportunity for greater cross-fertilization between research and researchers across the two universities. By creating a connected community of global change researchers in Amsterdam, we can enhance our collective profile internationally, becoming more attractive to talented researchers and societal stakeholders in the future. 
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Joint AGCI/PBL symposium 'Making it Happen at Rio +20' on 22 May 2012

rioAGCI, in cooperation with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), invites you to a symposium in preparation of the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
The programme includes three keynote lectures:

  • Prof. Maarten Hajer (PBL) will explain the ideas of PBL about the reform of 'global environmental governance', using the perspective of the energetic society. 
  • The Dutch ambassador for sustainable development, Kitty van der Heijden (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), will elaborate on the input of the Netherlands during the Rio +20 summit.
  • Prof. Frank Biermann (AGCI) will explore the outlines of the future architecture of effective 'Earth system governance'.
    For details on programme and registration, see:

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