A month of firsts

So far, the year 2018 has brought me a lot of new experiences. 

For one, my first PhD student Tim Hermans (@HermansTHJ) has started with his project on high resolution sea-level modelling. It is a project in collaboration with the UK Met Office, who are providing us with some really cool data. Tim has made a flying start and I'm looking forward to working with him over the next few years!

Secondly, I was (for the first time) appointed chair of the organising committee of a conference: the ECR conference on "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to present", also known as iSLR18 (@iSLR18). This conference will be organised in Utrecht (Netherlands) from 26-29 August 2018. And the nice thing is: all participants will be Early Career Researchers (PhD in or after 2010)! We are inviting four great keynote speakers and four ECR scientists to give keynote presentations during the conference, and there will be a field trip and a public outreach event. All in all, we've had very enthusiastic responses from a lot of people, and this conference is shaping up to be a not-to-be-missed event. Submission of abstracts is possible until 16 March 2018!

Another first was my presentation for members of the Dutch Parliament. The new Dutch government is looking into new strategies to streamline all the different organisations that care about the Wadden Sea World Heritage area. The Wadden Vereniging and Groene11 therefore organised a Masterclass for policitians that deal with the Wadden Sea, and asked me to give a presentation about sea-level rise. My NIOZ colleague Katja Philippart talked about the state of the Wadden Sea and Jens Enemark about governing of the Wadden Sea. 

Last Friday was the first time I stood on the stage of the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. I delived a keynote presentation about sea-level projections during the 'Pathways to Sustainability' conference. The conference marked the launch of the sustainability theme at Utrecht University. The audience was mixed between natural scientists, social scientists and stakeholders, so a great mix to be talking to! 

Then, at the beginning of February, another first landed in my email inbox...but this is something for a next time.