NESSC day 2020

This years NESSC day will be held on the 11th of March 2020 in Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht. Registration is free of charge. We expect that all NESSC researchers will be present. Following the NESSC day, the NAC (Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres) will take place on 12 and 13 March. You have to register separately for NAC via their website.  If you are attending the NESSC day and NAC, please book your own room directly at Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht.

What: NESSC Day 2020
When: 11 March 2020
Whom: All NESSC scientists
Where: Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht – Winthontlaan 4-6, 3526 KV Utrecht
Registration: closed, deadline: 16 February 2020


9:45-10:00 Welcome/registration

10:00-10:15 Welcome by Scientific Director & NESSC office

10:15-11:00 Keynote lecture dr. ir. Francien Peterse

11:00-12:15 Introduction and presentations Theme 1
– Introduction by theme leaders Caroline Slomp & Mike Jetten
– Short presentations recently started PhDs/PDs
– 15 min. presentations by Koen Pelsma, Wytze Lenstra, Niels van Helmond

12:15-12:30 Introduction and presentations Theme 2
– Introduction
by theme leaders Francien Peterse & Jorien Vonk
– Short presentations recently started PhDs/PDs

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Keynote lecture Prof. dr. Roderik van de Wal

14:15-14:45 Introduction and presentations Theme 3
– Introduction by theme leaders Jack Middelburg & Gert-Jan Reichart
– Short presentations recently started PhDs/PDs

– 15 min. presentation by Olivier Sulpis

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:30 Introduction and presentations Theme 4 
– Introduction by theme leaders Appy Sluijs & Anna von der Heydt
– Short presentations recently started PhDs/PDs
– 15 min. presentations by Michiel Baatsen, Allix Baxter 

16:30-17:00 Introduction and presentations Theme 5 
– Introduction by theme leaders Luc Lourens & Marten Scheffer
– Short presentations recently started PhDs/PDs

17:15-18:45 Social get together

19:00-21:00 Dinner

Keynote lectures

dr. ir. Francien Peterse
Francien Peterse is theme leader of theme 2: Land-ocaen carbon transfer. “She is the daily leader of the Organic Geochemistry group at Utrecht University since 2014. Her research focuses on studying carbon cycle dynamics and past climate change, for which she uses specific molecules, so-called bomarkers, derived from (micro)organisms and plants. Information on (past) environmental conditons can be extracted based on variations in the occurrence, distribution, and isotopic composition of these biomarkers in sedimentary archives.” (Source: UU intranet)

Prof. dr. Roderik van de Wal
Roderik van de Wal obtained his PhD in 1992 at Utrecht University and continued his career in Utrecht as a post-doc, assistant professor and became an associate professor in 2006. He has succeeded building his own group at the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) at Utrecht University. His research focuses on two main topics: climate dynamics (paleo climate modelling, climate sensitivity, ice core interpretation, and sea level variations and patterns) and changes in the cryosphere (ice dynamics of Greenland and Antarctica and glacier modelling). As of 1 February, Roderik van de Wal is appointed as Professor of Sea level change and coastal impacts, a combined appointment at the faculties of Science and Geosciences”  (Source: