Wageningen goes Arts & Design

Poster Wageningen Goes Arts and DesignRUW and the Cultural Geography Chair group present: Nature, food, animals and  landscape – seen through the eyes of artists and designers.

What? Lecture and discussion
When? Thursday 27 February, 19-21
Where?  Forum C314

Sascha Landshoff (DeTostiFabriek – The Toastie Factory)
In Amsterdam, the experimental project ‘Tosti Fabriek’ was set up, producing all the ingredients for a toastie in an old factory. Grain was harvested and turned into bread, pigs were kept to produce ham and cows were milked to produce cheese. What does this project tell us about cycles of production and the relations between people, food and cities?

Henriette Waal (Outdoor Brewery)
How can you make the landscape drinkable? Henriette is an artist and designer (Design Academy Eindhoven) who made an outdoor installation for beer brewing. She uses rainwater and wild plants for brewing beer, turning the landscape into an ingredient.

‘Bartaku’ (Plant based photo-voltaic cells)
How can we use plants to generate energy? Bart Vandeput not only investigates the energy potential of plant based photovoltaic cells, but in the process generates new ways of relating to energy (consumption): what if we could eat it? And generate electricity with our body?

This lecture is the kick-off for a Capita Selecta ‘Environmental Humanities’ about the relation between science, technology and art. Inspired by your essay and in conversation with you, students of the Rietveld Academy of Arts will work on creating designs which will be exhibited in Wageningen. More info about the course (5th period, 3ECTS): Clemens.Driessen@wur.nl

Urban Greens Rural Blues – the future city

Urban Greens Rural BluesUrban Green Rural Blues is the 2014 theme of Stichting RUW. The opening event will be January 21 with lectures and a debate  on how the future city will look like. From 19.00-21.00 in the Public Library (BBLTHK), Stationsstraat 2, Wageningen. Free entrance and free drinks afterwards.

Since 2008 more people live in cities than in rural areas. The world population is growing and urbanisation is expected to continue. As a result, pressure on urban areas is increasing with growing issues and challenges; concerning the urban environment, waste management, traffic, housing and food supply. At the same time, cities are vibrant hubs of creativity where inspirational and successful ideas for a green, clean and healthy living environment emerge.

How can we envision the future of the city? And that of the countryside? How are urban-rural landscapes, communities and relations changing? Join us at our opening activity on the 21st of January to find out!

Rutger de Graaf (TUDelft, DeltaSync, Blue Revolution) will explain why we need to start building on water and Jan-Willem van der Schans (WUR, LEI) will discuss the role of urban food strategies in building a sustainable city. Elma Schoenmaker (BelW climate-green design) will show us several eco-smart, climate-adaptive and bio-mimicry designs.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/698683773497788/

Global nutrient fight: micronutrients and geopolitics – lecture and debate December 10

Will monopolies, cartels and export restrictions define the future of your food?

RUW foundation will explore the world of the micronutrients in a lecture and debate featuring Wouter van der Weijden (director of CLM), Ellis Hoffland (WUR) en Petra Berkhout (LEI).

Venue: December 10, 2013 in the  Grand Café of the Forum building, starting at 19.30.

Free entrance and drinks afterwards.

GeopoliticsMicronutrients are irreplaceable and are essential for plant, animal and human health. Only about 4% of the world’s micronutrient stocks can be found in the EU (Platform LIS,2012). In the near future Europe will become dependent on other countries, including China, Chili, US, Turkey and Peru for the supply of micronutrients such as selenium and zinc for its agriculture. Find out how borders and international relations influence the struggle for micronutrient supply, how it will affect our food production and what options the EU has to ensure the availability of micronutrients.

The Incredible Micronutrients Series – presented by RUW

RUW The Incredible Micronutrients SeriesThe kick off lecture of the RUW Series is October 17thWhat’s up with the nutrients by Wim Bussink (Nutrient Management Institute) and Wim Chardon (Alterra), 19.30 in the Forum building, room C221.

Other upcoming activities:

  • Excursion to Agrifirm (cattle feed factory) in Oss (November 1)
  • Lecture on Micronutrients, Food and Health (November 7 or 14)
  • Excursion to Sea Weed Teststation (November 7or 14)
  • Lecture on Micronutrients and Geopolitics (November 21)

Tatra National Park – second post RUW-RSO studytrip to Poland

RUW Foundation and the Rural Sociology Group organized a studytrip to Poland. In a 10 day intensive program different cities and rural areas in Poland were visited, interesting people and organizations met and farm work is done. The theme of the trip is “Glocalise”. Students are asked to prepare themselves well on different themes in groups before leaving and to write a concluding reflexive paper on their impressions and findings, and to write a blog. The is second blog on the Tatra National Park posted by:

Emanuel Sandrini, Kyra Weerts, Ileen Wilke, Meret Windler, Meia van der Zee

Museum Tatra national parkToday our trip took us to Tatra National Park, in the south of Poland. It is one of the 23 national parks in Poland.

First we arrived in Zakopane, a village close to the park. Zakopane is the so called wintersport capital of Poland and in summer many tourists come to hike and do other outdoor activities in the area. Each year in fact more than 2 million visitors come to Zakopane. Here we went to the local museum where we got a tour about the history and natural environment of the area from a very enthusiastic guide.

We learned about the Gorale people, the original inhabitants of the Tatra mountains. Traditionally they lived under harsh conditions with cold and long winters in the mountains and survived mostly from hunting. The Gorale are nowadays still famous for their wood crafts and making music. Continue reading

Going global and remaining local: challenges of Poland in implementing climate change policies

RUW Foundation and the Rural Sociology Group organized a studytrip to Poland. In a 10 day intensive program different cities and rural areas in Poland were visited, interesting people and organizations met and farm work is done. The theme of the trip is “Glocalise”. Students are asked to prepare themselves well on different themes in groups before leaving and to write a concluding reflexive paper on their impressions and findings, and to write a blog. This is first is posted by:

Caroline Lumosi, MSc-student Forest and Nature Conservation.

The first day saw us spend time learning about nature conservation in Poland. We focussed on climate change policies and agriculture. Poland faces challenges in implementing regional EU climate change policies in relation to implementing its national regulations on energy and economic development. Poland relies on the use of coal to support 90% its electricity. As the EU moves to cut down on its carbon emission, this in turn means focus is put on use of renewable energy sources. For Poland, and in particular the city of Warsaw, this presents a huge challenge as the city heavily relies on the use of coal for electricity, in transport and in household heating. Continue reading