PE&RC Day 2019

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PE&RC Day 2019

Exploring Sustainability: Now and for the future

Thursday 17 October 2019

Forum building, room C222, Wageningen Campus

Annual symposium organized by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) for all PE&RC members


Everywhere we go, people are talking about sustainability. But as the use of this term spreads its meaning has become increasingly misused. True sustainability is achieved when the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and guarantee a development which can support itself and meet future needs indefinitely. Environment, economy and society are the three main pillars of sustainability but unfortunately societal and economical welfare are often prioritized over the environment. During the PE&RC day 2019, we aim to put the environment in the spotlight and discuss its pivotal role in supporting societal and economic demands. We will guide you through an interdisciplinary journey to discover what makes biological systems sustainable and how they can serve as inspiration for efficient use of resources. Furthermore, we will explore how to integrate different aspects of sustainability and the recent scientific advancements in anthropogenic systems. We will do this, by highlighting research with a direct or indirect focus on sustainability, performed by members of PE&RC. There will be a particular focus on multi- and interdisciplinary research, with the aim to explore and discuss sustainability - Now and for the future.
Speakers who have already confirmed are: Boris Jansen (University of Amsterdam), Sander Koenraadt (Wageningen University), Marijke van Kuijk (Utrecht University) and Wolf Mooij (NIOO). More will follow soon!

Programme of the day will follow soon!!! 

PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration

Like last year, PE&RC will set up a call to stimulate collaboration between Wageningen University and the other PE&RC institutes via short joint PhD and/or postdoc projects. Through this call, short collaborative projects of a few months can be funded. The interesting thing about this call is that the projects that are ultimately funded, are selected by the PE&RC community. After evaluation a selection of applicants will be selected to present their proposal in a 3-minute pitch during a plenary session of the PE&RC Day. Accordingly, the audience of the PE&RC Day will be allowed to vote for their favourite projects. The three most favoured projects, as determined by the audience, will receive the funding (up to 4 month PhD salary / 3 month postdoc salary, or equivalent combinations of these). So if you want to be part of this truly bottom-up driven selection of exciting projects that will stimulate institutional collaboration between PE&RC partner institutes, join the PE&RC Day and cast your vote!

PE&RC PhD Picture Awards

Based on the great success of previous PE&RC day editions we decided to again organize a Picture Award competition for our PhD community! To give everyone a chance to win, we divided the competition into three categories: 1) thesis cover, 2) fieldwork, 3) labwork & modelling. So take this opportunity and submit a beautiful/meaningful/weird/tear-jerking picture of your PhD work. Show us what you’ve got! You can now submit your pictures for the competition here. This is also the place to find all the relevant details about the competition! Do note that the deadline for submissions is 1 October 2019.

Transportation to and from Wageningen University Campus

For PE&RC members travelling from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden or Nijmegen to Wageningen, either transport will be arranged or travel costs will be reimbursed (only for those joining the full day, including dinner).

General information
Target Group The annual PE&RC day is meant for all PE&RC PhDs, postdocs and staff members, but non-PE&RC members are also warmly welcomed!
Event duration 1 day
Number of credits 0.3 ECTS
Location Room C222 (Forum building), Wageningen Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
Transportation For PE&RC members travelling from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden or Nijmegen to Wageningen, either transport will be arranged or travel costs will be reimbursed (only for those joining the full day, including dinner)
Fees 1
PE&RC members Free of Charge € 25,-
All others € 25,- € 50,-

1 The course fee includes a programme, coffee/tea, lunch, and drinks


  • When you need to pay, payment information will follow in the confirmation mail.
  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • Please make sure that your payment, if applicable, is arranged within two weeks after your registration, or indicate in the registration form that you will pay in cash on the day itself.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 10,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 25,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all without informing us prior to the event, a fee of € 50,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)


The annual PE&RC Day is organised by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC), with the assistance of Claudius van de Vijver, Lennart Suselbeek, and Amber Heijboer (PE&RC). More details about the PPC can be found here.

More information

Mrs. Jacqueline Verhoef  (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485414


To register, please enter your details below and click "Register".

Note that when you decide to join the entire day, including the dinner, you are eligible to join transport to Wageningen Campus (if arranged) or to receive a financial compensation for your travel to Wageningen (for those residing outside Wageningen). Hence, the question about joining the bus only appears in the registration form when you indicate that you will join the dinner.