Midterm Assessment 2012 - A Preview of End Results (October 4, Amsterdam)

The Midterm Assessment brought together nearly 300 scientists, practitioners and policy makers in the field of climate adaptation, from inside and outside the Knowledge for Climate community.

This international meeting provided an excellent setting to discuss the current state of the programme from a broad range of international, scientific and societal perspectives and provided input for optimal end results in 2014.

Plenary opening
In his opening speech, prof.dr. Pier Vellinga (Chair Board Knowledge for Climate) mentioned the background of the Knowledge for Climate programme and its unique character of research by the mechanisms of co-creation and co-funding.


The book 'Bedenk, ontwikkel en gebruik, Kennis voor Klimaat in de praktijk' (translated 'Invent, develop and apply: Knowledge for Climate in practice'), on the use of this co-created and co-funded knowledge in practice, was presented. Looking at the first tranche of the programme, it was found that more than 50 percent of research results is used in practice at this very moment.

'From knowledge to practice' was also the key message of Renske Peters (Director Water Business and International Water Affairs, Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment). Research becomes more and more demand driven, and it is up to the government to remove barriers and stimulate bottom up, regional input. The joint efforts in Knowledge for Climate, including the link with the Delta programme and the evolving Topsectors, are creating an excellent basis for coping with challenges of climate change.

  Invent, develop and apply (Bedenk, ontwikkel en gebruik, Kennis voor Klimaat in de praktijk, only in Dutch available), written by Florrie de Pater en Marjolein Pijnappels (pdf)
  From knowledge to practice, Renske Peters, Director Water Business and International Water Affairs, Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (speech)

Plenary closure 
At the plenary closing session, Vice-chair of the IPCC prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, reported on climate change and the IPCC and their role for mitigation and adaptation efforts.
A selection of international reviewers shared their impressions of the Knowledge for Climate research, based on their review of the themes and hotspots and their experiences of the day.
Finally, Sybilla Dekker, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Knowledge for Climate, in her speech explored the impact of the Knowledge for Climate programme by its’ value creation in the domains of spatial investments, knowledge infrastructure and business development.

  Climate change and IPCC: Why they matter for both mitigation and adaptation, Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) IPCC Vice-chair (summary speech) (pdf slides)
A preview of end results: Reflections from an international perspective, Panel discussion (report)
Knowledge co-creation: value for money, Sybilla Dekker, Chair supervisory board Knowledge for Climate

Parallel sessions
In three rounds of parallel sessions, the Knowledge for Climate research leaders, international reviewers, researchers and PhD students discussed the work so far based on the midterm reports that were written in advance. The central questions are: How should we go forward; should we redirect? How can we develop climate change from a threat to an opportunity? How to go from research to innovation? 

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Organizing Committee

Prof.dr. Peter Driessen, chair
Sonja Döpp, MSc, scientific organization
Els van Eersel, organization
Dr. Kim van Nieuwaal, scientific organization
Florrie de Pater, MSc, Knowledge Transfer
Dr. Monique Slegers, scientific organization
Ottelien van Steenis, organization and communication
Ottelien van Steenis
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