Past events

Past events

Fixing the Foundation of Conservation, Finding the right Tools – Manoj Gautam

Fixing the Foundation of Conservation, Finding the right Tools – Manoj Gautam We were very fortunate to have Manoj Gautam, FFN Award winner in 2015,  in Utrecht for an inspiring and eye-opening lecture. With some effort and a bit of luck Manoj managed to find a spot in his busy schedule to come to the Netherlands and share his story with the Future For Nature Academy and all other participants. Manoj started with a bit of background on his home…

City clean-up Nijmegen

City clean-up Nijmegen Around 80% of marine plastic comes from land-based sources due to improper waste disposal and management. Even further inland, plastic litter can easily effect local environments or enter waterways and be discharged into the ocean. In the Rhine itself, plastic litter can be found throughout the wholestretch from Basel, Switzerland to Rotterdam, the Netherlands causing damage to riparian systems and acting as a source of marine plastic. Although stopping the tide of plastics will require a combination…

A bubbling FFN Academy Scrum 2018

A bubbling FFN Academy Scrum 2018 On October 27th we gathered at camping Ganspoort near the city centre of Utrecht for the second “scrum” (or brainstorm) in the life of FFN Academy. The meeting room at Ganspoort proved to be the best place for an unconstrained free flow of ideas about FFN Academy activities in 2019. The great thing about FFN Academy is that it is young and dynamic: students and young graduates join for shorter or longer times, network,…

Make your own linen bread bag workshop

Make your own linen bread bag workshop After the stone-age and the bronze-age, some people call the twenty first century the ‘plastic age’. Plastic is a great product, it is cheap to produce and resistant. However, an enormous amount of single use plastic ends up in the environment and pollutes nature. In order to raise awareness for this problem and to offer an alternative, the Future For Nature Academy organized a plastic reduction workshop: Make your Own Linen Bread bags….

Dr Jane Goodall: Livestream on 6 locations (24 May 2018)

Dr Jane Goodall: Livestream on 6 locations (24 May 2018) Primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, famous for her pioneering research on chimpanzees, recently visited the Netherlands. The Hogeschool van Amsterdam was lucky to host her for a lecture on the 24th of May, and the Future For Nature Academy organized a livestream of this event in all six locations simultaneously: Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Velp & Wageningen! Dr. Jane Goodall first talked about her love for animals…

A Wild Year – An evening in the elements

A Wild Year – An evening in the elements On the stormy and rainy evening of Friday the 21st of September, a group of about 30 enthusiasts gathered at the Hoge Born in Wageningen for an inspiring evening about the outside life. Koen Arts and Gina Maffey shared their story about their year living outside in a Swedish tipi, or sometimes even without any cover against the elements apart from a tarp. Using photos, a video and live demonstrations the…

Conservation impact from behind your computer

Conservation impact from behind your computer Utrecht students joined a citizen science initiative via the Zooniverse web portal in an afternoon dedicated to helping conservation projects around the world. Volunteering from the comfort of your home is now possible with tools such as Zooniverse, the largest and most popular platform for citizen science, or people-powered research. The idea is simple. Researchers from all over the globe, collect data for their research projects. Sometimes, there is just too much to be…

Conservation Pubquiz

Conservation Pubquiz Organized to raise funds for the broken down 4×4 vehicle of Future For Nature winner Matt Shirley, the conservation pub quiz in Wageningen was a hit! Many people showed up to support the cause and have a fun evening filled with nature, beer and cake! After a short video fabricated by Matt Shirley himself to show where all the raised money would be contributed to, the quiz started with the nice presentation by Davy and Laura. There were 7…

Save the Insects!

Save the Insects! On September 15th 2018, the first event from the Future For Nature Academy Nijmegen chapter was held in collaboration with Nijmegen Green Capital. Our hosts, Jannah and Eline, welcomed over 35 people at De Bastei, natural and cultural history museum on the River Waal. Sticking close to home, Caspar Hallman, a researcher at Radboud University, was invited to present his team’s recent findings regarding declining insect populations and its adverse effects on ecosystem functioning. Steep drops in…

Beach Clean-up

Beach Clean-up Cleaning the entire Dutch coastline in only two weeks, that is the ambitious goal of the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour, a yearly event organised by Stichting de Noordzee. This summer, as much as 2,764 volunteers helped to reach this goal and a small team gathered by FFNAcademy was part of them! We spent an afternoon together out on the beach between Hoek van Holland and Monster in… let’s say not-bikini weather. Nevertheless, it was a good way of…