2017 US-Netherlands Connection Professional Program
Exploring Knowledge Exchange Opportunities in Three Parts

The tenth year of USNC Pro takes on a new format by incorporating an embedded workshop in the middle of the program and then progresses to explore case studies in the transition of data into actionable knowledge which in turn produced very effective solutions to complicated earth science, engineering, business and policy challenges in the Netherlands.

Part One:  The Introduction
Day One, Monday, September 4
Location:  IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, Delft
Purpose:  Orientation and introduction to program
Key Concepts:  Dutch water expertise, setting stage for the week ahead
9:00 am Welcome and introduction to IHE Delft – Dr. Eddy Moors, Rector
9:10 am Netherlands 101 – Jan Luijendijk (IHE Delft)
9:20 am USNC Pro Orientation – Steering Committee
•  Why We Are Here?
•  Goals for the Week: Opportunities for Actionable Projects 
9:40 am Break 
10:00 am  The Speed Date Exercise – participants meet each other for four minutes and then go to another participant Break. Part is this exercise is to identify respective knowledge gaps or programmatic gaps (to be used later)
12:15 am  Lunch at IHE Café
1:15 pm Depart IHE Delft
2:00 pm Arrive at Keringhuis at the Maeslant, the world’s largest moving object. Meet with Peter Persoon, Rijkswaterstaat 
4:00 pm Depart Keringhuis
4:45 pm Arrive in Delft
6:15 pm Dinner at TBA
Part Two:  The Workshop
Day Two, Tuesday, September 5
Location:  Deltares, Boussinesqweg 1, 2629 HV Delft
Purpose:  Crafting the Knowledge Exchange Platform, and what are its functions?
Key Concepts:  Converting knowledge to solutions, connecting solutions to capital
8:30 am Departure for Deltares
8:45 am Arrive at Deltares, Welcome 
9:00 am Case Study:  The Digital Delta – Joost de Haan (Delfland Water Authority)
9:30 am Identifying Gaps:  Linking Knowledge, Solutions and Capital, Antonella Calvia-Goetz, European Investment Bank
10:00 am  Break
10:15 am  Chair: Hank Loescher
     Rapporteur: Mohammad Ilyas
Group Breakout Session #1 – Identifying Knowledge and Programmatic Gaps. Break out groups will be designed by x-discipline expertise, e.g., private / economic sector, science, data and information technology, delivery actionable water science, enterprise building, etc.  Each breakout group is  to identify either i) the knowledge gaps between creating economic relevancy and the science deliverables, or ii) the missing programmatic or enterprise activities to link water science to actionable economic relevant decision making.
12:30 pm  Report outs from each group
1:00 pm Working Lunch
1:30 pm Tour of Deltares Facilities
2:15 pm Chair: Beth Fleming
Rapporteur: Adam Hosking
Group Breakout Session #2 – Creating solutions to Reduce the Knowledge and Programmatic Gaps.  Similar structure of previous break-out groups, and apply their expertise and resources to out-of-the box thinking of how to close the knowledge and programmatic gaps.  We encourage not placing any constraints on this activity, as we wish to foster creative scientific and business solutions. (take your own break)
4:30 am Report outs from each group
5:00 pm Logistics and instructions for Wednesday.  Adjourn
6:00 pm Optional:  Arrive The Hague.  Options: Walking tour of Parliament, King’s Palace and dinner on your own in the Hague
 
Day Three, Wednesday, September 6
Location:  IHE Delft
Purpose:  Continuation of Day 2; actionable plans and business model approaches. Provide timeline to further development of this initiative
8:30 am Arrive at IHE Delft
8:45 am Recap of previous day’s work – Simone Dominique and Bill Whiteford, Florida Earth
9:15 am Perspectives from our two interns, Moderator, Simone Dominique 
9:45 am Chair: Ben Preston
Group Breakout Session #3 –  Developing Actionable Plans: forming boots-ready projects, business models, and other approaches to realize specific projects
Similar structure of previous break-out groups, outline the integration of ideas and the outcomes of the previous two breakouts into actionable paths forward.  These are to include creative funding opportunities and means to acquire needed resources for actualization. (take your own break)
11:45 am  Report outs from each group
12:15 pm  Lunch at the Deltares Cafe
1:00 pm Sustainability Update: What’s Happening in California?  Marianna Grossman, Minerva Ventures
1:45 pm Plenary session:  Laying out an action plan for this initiative.  What happens next?  
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Assignments, and logistics for following day
4:30 pm Adjourn. Dinner on your own.
 
Part Three:  The Dutch Case Studies
Day Four, Thursday, September 7
Location:  Province Zeeland
Purpose: The Delta Program is one of the world’s greatest examples of using the knowledge created by data to accomplish a seemingly impossible task.  People who helped create solutions by true collaborations between science, engineering, business and policy was defined by the Dutch commitment of “Never Again” after the Great Flood of 1953.  Another aspect of this case study is how the Dutch prioritized actions that created the Delta programs and how unsuspected consequences have created new challenges.
7:30 am Bus departs Delft
9:00 am Arrive De Val, location of the IMARES oyster reef trial
9:30 am Arrive Watersnood Museum.  This venue sets the stage for why and how the Dutch created the political and economic will to enter into what became the Delta Program
11:30 pm  Visit to Plompetoren, remnant from a village lost to the sea in the 16th century, and Plan Tureluur, nature development area
12:00 pm  Arrival at Storm Surge Barrier.  Lunch at Proef Zeeland
1:00 pm Arrive at the Topshuis, control center of the Eastern Storm Surge Barrier.  Introduction by Jos Geluk. Walk inside the barrier.
 3:00 pm  Depart Barrier
 3:30 pm  Arrive at Middleburg Abbey.  Turning Data into Resilience Knowledge: Introduction to Flood Impact Reduction and demonstration of the 3D Flood Aware simulation by Bart Willemse (GIS specialist, Province of Zeeland)
 5:00 pm  Depart Middleburg
 6:30 pm  Dinner at the Hotel New York in Rotterdam
 10:00 pm  Arrive in Delft by public transport
 
Day Five, Friday, September 8
Location:  Biesbosch National Park, Wageningen University and City of Nijmegen
Purpose:  A study of the Room for the River Program, one of the largest public-private partnerships ever done.
Key concepts:  Stakeholder engagement, public use of data and knowledge, collaboration from science, engineering, business and policy to solve very complex problems.
8:00 am Depart Delft
9:00 am Arrive Biesbosch National Park Visitor’s Center.  Presentation on Room for the River 
11:00 am  Depart the Biesbosch.  Box lunch on bus.
12:30 pm  Arrive at Wageningen University.  Location: Room 1029, AXIS building (WUR building 118) Bornse Weilanden 9, 6708WG, Wageningen.  Welcome by Prof. Huub Rijnaarts
12:35 pm Water research at WUR by Prof. Huub Rijnaarts
12:50 pm "Water Nexus” program by Dr. Koen Wetser (Environmental Technology group)
1:00 pm “Climate Adaptation” by Dr. Saskia Werners (Water Systems and Global Change group)
1:10 pm  Building with Nature by Jakob Wallinga
13:10 Discussion: new opportunities for collaboration
13:30 Visit to the ModuTech lab  
2:00 pm Depart Wageningen
2:30 pm Arrive Nijmegen.  Discussion of the Nijmegen River Project 
4:30 pm Depart Nijmegen.  Debrief on bus back to Delft.
6:00 pm  Arrive Delft
7:00 pm Farewell Dinner at Stadsherberg de Mol  

 

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