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PE&RC Day 2022

Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability

Thursday 27 October 2022

Radboud University - Huygens building (room HG 00.307), Nijmegen

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



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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the ability of mimicking human capabilities and performing complex functions by a machine or a computer. It has gained popularity due to its broad applications such as in the field of sustainability. Artificial Intelligence helped energy reduction of data centers by reducing the energy cost of cooling by 40%. Also, AI is used for tracking emissions from coal plants to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, AI is being adapted for UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This year we will talk about what AI means in terms of sustainability, how it can be implemented in natural sciences and how we can reach sustainable development goals by using artificial intelligence.

09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Coffee/tea
09:30 - 09:45     Welcome word by the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) and a PE&RC representative
Prof. Bas Zwaan, Scientific director of PE&RC
Baltasar Zepeda Puiggros, PhD candidate @ Wageningen University / chair of the PE&RC PhD Council
09:45 - 10:15 How machine learning and efficient computing can make data-intensive science more sustainable: examples and ideas from particle physics and astronomy
Dr. Sascha Caron, Associate Professor - High Energy Physics @ Radboud University
10:15 - 10:45 Artificial intelligence for agricultural digital twins
Prof. Ioannis Athanasiadis, Professor - Artificial Intelligence and Data Science @ Wageningen University  
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee / Tea break
11:15 – 11:45 Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Energy Transition
Dr. Tarek Alskaif, Assistant Professor - Information Technology @ Wageningen University
11:45 - 11:50 Introduction pitch session and voting procedure of the 2022 PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration (Bas Zwaan, scientific director of PE&RC)
11:50 - 12:30 2022 “PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration” pitch sessions
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00 Seeing inside soundscapes: wildlife monitoring by automatic sound event recognition
 Dr. Dan Stowell, Associate Professor - Artificial Intelligence & Biodiversity @ Naturalis
14:00 - 14:30 AI to feed us all
Dr. Santiago Gaitan, R&D Teamleader @ OnePlanet Research Center (replacement for Renske Landeweert)
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee / Tea break (voting Picture Awards & PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration)
15:00 - 15:30 Rules of life: how prey evade bigger, faster, stronger predators
Dr. Ben Martin, Assistant Professor - Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology @ University of Amsterdam (IBED)
15:30 - 16:00 Discussion panel between speakers and audience
16:00 - 16:20 Report from 2021 “PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration” winners
16:20 - 16:45 Announcement of winners 2022 “PE&RC Call for Institutional Collaboration” (Bas Zwaan, scientific director of PE&RC)
16:45 - 17:00 Announcement winners PE&RC Picture Competition Awards 2022 (PE&RC PhD Council)
17:00 - 17:10 Closing remarks (Bas Zwaan, scientific director of PE&RC)
17:10 - 18:00 Drinks 
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner
PE&RC Institutional Collaboration call  (deadline extended to Monday 17 October 2022)

In 2018, PE&RC initiated a call to stimulate collaboration between PE&RC members of Wageningen University and PE&RC members of other institutes via joint short-term PhD and/or postdoc projects. After three successful years, the call is set out again for 2022. To this end we invite academic staff members of PE&RC to submit a proposal for institutional collaboration within PE&RC. More information can be found here. Please be informed that pre-proposals must be submitted by e-mail to before Monday 3 October 2022, 09:00am Monday 17 October 2022, 09:00am!

The PE&RC Picture Award (deadline Monday 17 October 2022)
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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, the competition is divided into three categories:


So take this opportunity and submit a beautiful/meaningful/weird/tear-jerking picture of your PhD work. Show us what you’ve got!
The top 3 will be awarded a prize with a value of € 75,-, € 50,-, and € 25,- per category. You can now submit your pictures for the competition here. This is also the place to find all the relevant details about the competition.

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
PE&RC members Free of Charge See Subsidy travel costs
All others € 25,- € 50,-


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Subsidy travel costs

As we wish members from all institutes to join the Day (including dinner), PE&RC will subsidise the travel costs to Nijmegen for PE&RC members through the dinner fee:

Coming from Dinner fee (PE&RC members)
Amsterdam/Leiden No fee
Utrecht € 10,-
Wageningen € 15,-
Nijmegen € 25,-
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 10,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all without informing us prior to the event, a fee of € 25,- 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 the PE&RC Office. More details about the PPC can be found here.

More information

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


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