Upcoming seminars

Seminars at DIFFER cover a wide range of topics and are held on Thursdays at 11.15 AM in the seminar room of the institute (unless otherwise stated). Seminars are open to everybody. If you are interested in visiting a DIFFER seminar or want to subscribe to our mailing list, please follow the instructions for external visitors.

List all past seminars organized at DIFFER

Prof. dr. Wim van den Doel
December 3rd 2020
11:15 to 12:15
The end of the nineteenth century marked a golden age of Dutch science, which resulted in Nobel Prizes for Van ’t Hoff, Lorentz, Zeeman, Van der Waals and Kamerlingh Onnes. Equally famous at this time was the Dutch Orientalist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, the father of the modern study of islam. When the Nobel Prize winners of the early twentieth century are still kept in high esteem, Snouck Hurgronje has become a controversial figure as his research was linked with colonial warfare and the Dutch policy towards islam in the Dutch East Indies. At the DIFFER Seminar Wim van den Doel will present the life and times of Snouck Hurgronje and evaluate his role in history.
Dr. Heleen de Coninck
January 28th 2021
11:15 to 12:15
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN scientific panel on climate change. It produces assessment reports based on the latest science to inform policymakers. One of its recent reports, the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C (SR1.5) released in 2018, discussed whether it is still possible to limit warming to 1.5C, what would be needed, and how the impacts 2C of global warming compare to those of 1.5C. It was prepared for a dialogue between the countries in the Paris Agreement that took place late 2018. This talk discusses how IPCC reports are put together and why they are so impactful, the main results from the SR1.5, and the current state of the international climate negotiations.
Prof. dr. ir. Paulien Herder
February 4th 2021
11:15 to 12:15
Abstract pending