Keynote speaker day 1
dr. Ronald Rovers
People vs resources
Ronald Rovers has over 35 years experience in Sustainable Building and Urban sustainability, of which 25 years in the international field. He initiated and organized the 1st world conference on Sustainable Building, in 2000 in Maastricht and worked in many international projects, as well as being a frequently invited international keynote speaker. His main drive is to develop closed cycle management of buildings and urban areas, for all resources, energy, materials, water and food, in an integral system approach .
Currently he runs his own office, RiBuilT, Research institute Built environment of Tomorrow, and is part- time Fellow Professor at the Technical University in Eindhoven.
Recently he published his book: People vs Resources, in which he analyses how the world can live within carrying capacity of the world's finite resource base. (Dutch version: Gebroken Kringlopen). Energy is not our problem, but materials are (not in the least to generate and distribute renewable energy). This requires that we re-invent our way of building and living in a sustainable built environment.
Keynote speaker day 2
dr. Carolien Hoogland
How to create positive impact
with sustainability research?
Carolien Hoogland was trained in Nijmegen and Berlin as an academic researcher in Environmental Psychology: psychology applied to change for sustainable development. She grew up in a concrete highrise in "Emmerhout", a district built in the seventies that once served as a showcase example of innovative urban planning. After her PhD, she worked as an action researcher both in- and outside academia for ten years. She has been a visiting lecturer at the RAvB since 2011, with the interactive series on “how we shape our cities and how they shape us” (after a quote by Winston Churchill). A hands-on approach to “making the city” resulted in Het Wijkpaleis – a community center and makers’ space in Rotterdam West. Her fascination for the city includes the width of a pavement (“stoep”) as well as intangible phenomena such as the kind of civil servant who spurs grassroots initiatives. Carolien currently works at the Dutch Institute for Standardization (NEN), facilitating knowledge transfer and common frameworks on circular building, citizen participation and other issues.
Carolien lives in Rotterdam and is a mother of two: Max (2006) and Maya (2012).