Knowledge Café 'The future of exploitation in the Northern Netherlands' 

On January 18th, the Knowledge Platform will hold a Knowledge Café about the future of exploitation in the Northern Netherlands. The meeting is about the societal impact of extractive industries. Can lessons be drawn from the gas extraction case in Groningen?


Three experts will talk about the social impact of extractive industries such as wind energy and salt mining. We enter into dialogue about social disruption and how this can be prevented and/or mitigated.


Frank Vanclay (Prof. Cultural Geography University of Groningen) will tell us more about the impact of large (international) projects on the local population and the environment and the role of social impact assessment. Durk van Tuinen (former director of Frisia Zout B.V.) zooms in on Harlingen, where Frisia extracts salt under the Wadden Sea. He explains what actions Frisia takes to take the wishes of local residents into account. Ron van Wonderen (Theme coordinator Knowledge Platform Integration & Society and senior researcher Verwey-Jonker Institute) explains the side effects of wind energy on land. Tom Postmes will chair the meeting. During the Knowledge Café there will be a Q&A.


The Knowledge Café is partly in English and partly in Dutch. Depending on the measures regarding COVID-19, it will be a physical or online event. Further information on this will follow at the beginning of January.