Summer might be at an end, but season 6 of Nerd Nite Amsterdam is just getting started! Join us on September 23rd for a night all about H2O aka water! Are you ready to (non-literally) dive into it? Our first speaker David Zetland will show how water policies affect billions of people in a world of climate change and political unrest. Thirsty for more? Our second speaker PhD researcher Jink Gude will share with us the secrets of water treatment and arsenic removal in the Netherlands. Be there and be square!
Friday 23 September
Doors open at 20:00
First talk at 20:30
at CREA Muziekzaal
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
1018 WV Amsterdam
Waterfails: Why are we so bad at managing water when we need it to live?
by David Zetland
We depend on water for food and drink (beer!), but if you think this vital liquid gets the attention it deserves, then think again. All too often, we hear about smart management but see stupid results. How is it possible that 3 billion people cannot drink their water? Why are ecosystems destroyed for almond butter? Can the Dutch keep their feet dry with rising seas? With over 10 years of experience in this field, David Zetland will introduce us to his quest for understanding water policy, explain failures to implement “obvious” solutions, identify who benefits when your community loses, and introduce his most recent attempt to help us help ourselves. Grab a beer, lend an ear, and question without fear!
Bio: David Zetland is an assistant professor at Leiden University College, where he teaches various classes on economics. After earning his PhD at the University of California, Davis in 2008, he held positions at UC Berkeley (US),Wageningen University (NL), Simon Fraser University (CA) and KAPSARC (SA). He blogs on water, economics and politics at aguanomics.com, has two books (The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity and Living with Water Scarcity), gives many talks to public, professional and academic audiences, and writes for popular and academic outlets. David lives in Amsterdam.
Drinking water: Insight in the production of the most valuable resource for life
by Jink Gude
Have you ever wondered if you could get sick, or even die, when running the tap at home? Despite drinking water quality disasters hitting the news in the USA and in New Zealand, safe drinking water is something we often take for granted. Tonight you will find out why. Our speaker Jink Gude will unravel the Dutch approach to producing the best drinking water in the world and he’ll tell us more about his research on removing arsenic from drinking water. Truly life-saving and refreshing research!
Bio: Jink Gude is a PhD student at Delft technical university and has worked over a decade on improving drinking water all over the Netherlands. Structuring large data files, making complex water quality models and stirring in jars for 14 months makes him feel like a fish in water.