The US-Netherlands Connection's Professional Program brings professionals to the Netherlands to participate in a global knowledge exchange in water-related disciplines by combining expertise in science, engineering, business and policy.
The Dutch have dealt with water-related issues and challenges for over 1,000 years and have accumulated an extensive record of successful ways in which to deal with difficult and, at times, seemingly impossible circumstances.
Begun in 2007, with over 130 alumni, USNC Pro provides opportunities for delegates to engage global planning, engineering, government and business experts in some of the world's most dynamic venues where innovation is the word of the day. This opportunity to connect directly with those responsible for the planning, design, implementation and operation of those solutions gives rise to sharing knowledge to help solve similar problems throughout the world. We invite you to be part of the solution.
This year's program begins a embedded forum where top scientists, engineers, corportate executives and policy experts will come together with a common goal of defining how the gap between knowledge producers and knowledge users can be minimized. The program and conversation continues with looking at case studies in the Netherlands where water-related challenges were addressed through pragmatic knowledge utilization.
|Day and Date||Morning and Afternoon Themes||Location|
|Monday, Sept 4 AM||Orientation and the History of Dutch Water Management||IHE Delft|
|PM||Setting the Stage for a Knowledge Exchange Platform||Deltares, Delft|
|Tuesday, Sept 5 AM||Formatting the Knowledge Exchange Platform||Deltares, Delft|
|PM||Connecting Knowledge by Connecting People||Deltares, Delft|
|Wed., Sept 6 AM||Room for the River: The Nijmegen Case for Stakeholder Engagement||City of Nijmegen|
|PM||Using Public-Private Partnerships in Solving Large Challenges||Biesbosch National Park|
|Thursday, Sept 7 AM||Historical Perspectives Illustrating Need for Knowledge Sharing||Watersnood Museum|
|PM||Zeeland's Estuaries: Integrating Science, Engineering & Policy||Oosterscheldt, Zeeland|
|Friday, Sept 8 AM||City and Port of Rotterdam: The Business Case for Resilience||Port of Rotterdam|
|PM||Debrief and Next Steps||IHE Delft|
What USNC Pro Alumni have said:
"As a coastal ecologist and the director of a non-profit policy research organization that conducts considerable research in protecting and restoring the U.S. Gulf coast and waterways around the world, I attended USNC Pro with an expectation that I would struggle to understand an engineering-heavy curriculum. To the contrary, the engineering was well explained and fascinating, but what I didn’t expect was the immense value of the entire program. Learning the Dutch perspective and emphasis on flood protection, green infrastructure, and novel design was incredibly valuable to my understanding of what is possible elsewhere. The priorities explained about how their novel, impressive efforts – for a small fraction of GDP – meet the top needs of their economy, culture and society have already informed our research elsewhere. Just as importantly, the networking opportunity has endured in the intervening years: I met new colleagues at USNC Pro that I continue to consult and seek new opportunities and insights with them..." Gary Cecchine, Director, Rand Institute for the Gulf States
"I have been part of the (USNC) United States-Netherlands Connection Professional delegation for three consecutive years. Every year[,] the trip has been a remarkable high-level professional and academic experience. The program fosters a unique and trendy educational environment in extramural settings where intellectual discourse flows unconcealed among established individuals in the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors involved in coastal management. Every project visited or revisited, brings new depths to the understanding of how the interface between water, people, and the coastal land are managed in both countries; beyond cultural differences -as a passion and a necessity.[...]
Every trip has served to enlarge my professional and academic network with outstanding advanced practitioners. People that with different but interrelated expertise in policy, administration, architecture, engineering, environmental planning, waterfront development, u others [sic] become willing to extend and share their resources and knowledge for a larger cause." Oc. Claudia Edith Avendano, Candidate for Doctor of Policy Planning and Development, University of Southern California