2018 – Africa Day – Africa and Climate Change

The call for presentations is closed and candidates have been selected. We are busy with the final preparations and are looking forward to see you all in Zeist! Please order your tickets here.

Please have a look at the programme:




9.30 – 10.00

Coffee & tea


10.00 – 10.10

Welcome & opening  by Dr. Felix Ameka, chair of NVAS and Bart Geenen (WNF)



10.10 – 10.20

Introduction of the day and program by moderator

Dr. Karin Nijenhuis


10.20 – 11.00

Keynote Bart Geenen (WNF) on Fresh Water in Africa


11.00 – 11.15

Moving to panel sessions, short coffee & tea break


11.15 – 12.45

Panel 1: Climate Change and Technology (by Dr. Niels Raes)

Panel 2: Rural Communities and Livelihoods (by Prof. Marja Spierenburg)

12.45 – 14.00





NVAS Annual General Meeting (AGM)




14.00 – 15.30

Panel 3: Urban sustainability and migration (by Prof. Ton Dietz)

Panel 4: Nature conservation (by Dr. Nikhil Advani)

15.30 – 15.45

Moving to plenary session, short coffee & tea break


15.45 – 16.00

Plenary feedback session on the panels led by Dr. Karin Nijenhuis


16.00 – 16.45

Keynote Prof. Marja Spierenburg (Radboud University)


16.45 – 17.00

Wrap-up by Dr. Felix Ameka


17.00 – 18.00



Climate change is a theme that urgently needs to be addressed. The consequences of climate change are experienced worldwide, but the African continent appears to carry the heaviest burden when it comes to adapting to climate change. To explore how climate change could be addressed in Africa, the Netherlands Association for African Studies (NVAS) organizes the NVAS Africa Day 2018 entitled ‘Responding to climate change in Africa’ in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature. The NVAS Africa Day 2018 takes place on 20 October 2018 at WWF Netherlands’ climate-neutral head office in Zeist.

The Africa Day 2018 presents two key note lectures: one by Bart Geenen (WWF) on Fresh Water, and one by Professor Marja Spierenburg (Radboud University) on Nature Conservation. Four panel sessions will zoom in on the following themes: nature conservationrural livelihoods and communities; (technological adaptation and) climate change; urban sustainability and migration. These lectures and panel sessions are in English. During the entire Africa Day there will also be ample opportunities for informal discussions, a visit to the information market and taking part in workshops.

Come to the NVAS Africa Day 2018 and share your knowledge!