SustainaLab and the UvA Sustainability Platform (USP) will host a VPRO Tegenlicht Meet Up about the energy transition on 16 March at Matrix ONE. Together with a line-up of experts, we will view parts of the documentary and discuss the opportunities and dilemmas that come with the transition. After lunch, we will continue with the monthly USP Get-together where communication researchers will tell us more about the attitudes of Dutch people towards the energy transition.

The future affairs platform of the Netherlands VPRO Tegenlicht focuses on the energy transition this month. Partly because of the rising gas prices, all sorts of local bottom-up initiatives emerge looking for other ways to produce or source energy. Therefore, SustainaLab organises a Tegenlicht Meet Up that deals with the challenges of the energy transition and the role of social innovation (12.00h-13.15h).

Directly after lunch, the UvA Sustainability Platform will host their monthly Get-together on the same theme with presentations about the KlimaatHelpdesk and communication researchers will tell you more about communication practices around the energy transition.

12.00 – Start of the Tegenlicht Meet Up. Introduction by Bart Krull (initiator of SustainaLab).

Fleur Amesz, Q&A
Fleur Amesz is a documentary film maker and directed the documentary ‘Samen vergroenen’ (‘Going green together’) for VPRO Tegenlicht.

Frenk van Harreveld, presentation and Q&A
Professor Frenk van Harreveld (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Programme group Social Psychology) will talk about the behaviour of individuals in respect to sustainability and the difference between intention and what people actually do.

Tijmen Bakker, presentation and Q&A
Tijmen Bakker is a postdoc researcher at the HIMS Institute of the University of Amsterdam. Looking for ways to build a business based on his research, he originally focussed on the use of solar cells for greenhouses. However, he recently made an interesting pivot…

Ardine Nicolaï, presentation and Q&A
Ardine Nicolaï is chairwoman of the energy cooperative MeerEnergie. MeerEnergie is located in Watergraafsmeer and aims to heat homes by using the residual heat of Amsterdam Science Park.

Open discussion with the audience until 13.15.

13.15-14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 KlimaatHelpdesk
After lunch we will introduce the KlimaatHelpdesk: the place where everyone can get scientifically based answers to climate-related questions. They work with an interdisciplinary network of active experts (currently more than 200) – from physics, economics, biology, geography, to history, law and psychology. This allows them to answer questions from different angles. Speaker will be announced soon.

14.30 – 15.00 Energy transition from a communication perspective
We will continue the monthly USP Get-together with communication researchers Christel van Eck and Jeroen Jonkman on communication practices around the energy transition. And they will tell us more about their research on the attitudes of Dutch people towards the energy transition.

Practical info
Date: 16 March 2023
Time: 12.00-15.00 (vegetarian lunch from 13.15-14.00)
Location: SustainaLab, Matrix ONE, Amsterdam Science Park

Please register for this event. You can register for both, or for one of the two events. Seats are limited.