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NCR DAYS 2024 program

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Last updated: December 22, 2024


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Keynote speakers

Anne van Loon

Anne van Loon is an Associate Professor in Drought Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is a hydrologist and interdisciplinary drought risk scientist, interested in the relationship between water, people and the environment.

Anne currently leads the interdisciplinary ERC project on drought-to-flood disasters (PerfectSTORM) and the Water4All-funded project GroundedExtremes (“Understanding and governing groundwater to reduce risk of hydrological extremes”). She is involved in projects related to drought & flood management in southern Africa (Connect 4 WR), drought risk modelling in eastern Africa (DOWN2EARTH), optimising climate services for drought adaptation (I-CISK), and upscaling water storage in the Netherlands (UPWAS), and others.

Before starting at VU Amsterdam, Anne was a (Senior) Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK). She did a PhD and postdoc at Wageningen University on drought propagation and impacts, and worked at FutureWater on water management modelling.

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Alessandra Crosato

Alessandra Crosato obtained her MSc degree in Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Padua and her PhD degree in Technical Sciences at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). She worked at WL Delft Hydraulics (now Deltares) in the period 1987-2006 and at TU Delft from 2005 to 2009 (part-time), where she still holds the position of Research Associate. In 2006, she joined IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education, where she became Associate Professor of River Morphology and River Engineering.

As a consultant, she mainly worked on morphological response of aquatic systems, sediment flushing from reservoirs, environmental impact assessment and river restoration. She was the project leader for morphological modelling of the Venice Lagoon and contributed to several feasibility studies to prevent flooding of the city of Venice. As a researcher, she carried out laboratory experiments on bar formation and developed mathematical and numerical models of river morphological changes, including water-sediment-vegetation interactions and their effects on aquatic habitats and planimetric changes of rivers. Her current research deals with river channel formation, studying the effects of human interventions and climate, and focusing on the effects of riparian vegetation on sediment transport and river bank accretion and erosion.

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Tim van Hattum

Tim van Hattum has broad experience as consultant, policy advisor, project manager and researcher in the field of integrated water management and climate change. He has lead several (inter)national projects and public private partnerships focussing on innovative and nature based climate solutions. Tim has a large (inter)national network in the business, government and research sector. He finished his MSc in Environmental Science in 1998 and started his career as consultant for Witteveen+Bos consultancy. In 2003 he became policy advisor for a provincial authority and later a regional water authority. Since 2010 he is working at Wageningen Environmental Research as senior project manager and researcher. Currently he is leading the Green Climate Solutions Program at Wageningen Environmental Research that aims to contribute to climate action by providing tailor made climate impact information and evidence base for nature based solutions for mitigation and adaptation.

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Frans Klijn

Frans Klijn is specialist in policy analysis at Deltares (Delft) since 1996 and professor of Adaptive Delta Panning at Delft University of Technology. Trained as a physical geographer (Amsterdam) and ecologist (Uppsala), he worked for 10 years in environmental sciences at Leiden University, where he did his PhD. He moved to Delft in 1996.

In the 1990s Frans played in important role in the societal debate on the management of the large Dutch rivers, regarding both flood risk management and nature rehabilitation, which culminated in the Room-for-Rivers policy. He was a member of the ‘Quality Team’, which ensured that all 39 room-for-river plans delivered not only flood protection but also Spatial Quality.

Recent work includes a booklet about comprehensive flood risk management for policy makers (based on the Knowledge for Climate research programme (with 6 universities) which he coordinated), the Systeembeschouwing IRM (Integrated River Management), and Op Waterbasis (Deltares et al. which he (ghost-)wrote).

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