18 December 2017 - 21 December 2017
Delft, Utrecht and Wageningen
During the visit Kabat will meet with members of the Netherlands Government and Netherlands academia, to further strengthen cooperation between the Netherlands and IIASA, which has been a member of IIASA since 1977. Meetings will include:
Christiaan Wallett, Operations Director at the Global Center of Excellence on Climate Change and Researcher at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands (
Kabat will attend the Directors Meeting of the Delta Alliance at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, which runs in partnership with UNESCO. He acts as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Delta Alliance. While here, he will also attend the launch of the book 'The State of the Delta'' by Han Meyer, Professor of Urban Compositions - Department of Urbanism, at Delft University of Technology. During the launch he will take part in a debate, where panelists are invited to give their own reflections and different perspectives on the current state of the delta.
Delta Alliance is an international knowledge-driven network organization with the mission of improving the resilience of the world’s deltas. With increasing pressure from population growth, industrialization and a changing climate, it is more important than ever that these valuable and vulnerable locations increase their resilience to changing conditions. Delta Alliance brings people together who live and work in deltas, so they can benefit from each other’s experience and expertise and as such contribute to an increased resilience of their delta region, with the help of network wings.
PhD Defense on the Pearl River Delta
PhD student Mingtian Yao will defend his PhD thesis on the Pearl River Delta. Yao's research has been funded by IIASA National Member Organizations (NMO'S); the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and IIASA.
Kabat will attend the defense as Project Leader and Supervisor along with other collaborators including Laixiang Sun, Senior Research Scholar, IIASA Water Program and Jim Hall, Director, Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University and a member of the IIASA Science Advisory Committee (SAC).
About IIASA and the Netherlands
IIASA collaborates with over forty organizations in the Netherlands in areas ranging from air pollution to demographic change to flood resilience. Research collaborations between IIASA and the Netherlands have been highly productive ever since the Netherlands joined IIASA in 1977. Since 2008, this cooperation has involved 45 Dutch organizations and led to over 300 joint scientific publications and a wide range of advice to policymakers working in areas from agriculture to demography to energy.
Joint studies focus on the complex global systems that affect the Netherlands, its economy, and its people. Research topics include identifying measures that simultaneously tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, analyzing the impact of demographic change in the Netherlands and optimizing strategies to increase flood resilience.
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