Online Science Chats


We enjoy bringing together students, researchers, and other curious people. Since the Corona pandemic hit, we were kept in houses and could not meet where we love to be most; next to the river. Therefore, we met online! We exchanged stories told through a range of scientific disciplines. We brought in scientists, river defenders, students, and other experts. After a 20-30 minutes interview, there was room for participants to ask questions, resulting in a lively discussion on the topic.

Currently, the science chats are on hold. We invite you to have a look further down this page to explore the diversity of topics of former science chats.

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Last event: Movie Night #4 | The Roar of the Marañón | 17th of September 2021, 8 pm CET

What would be the consequences of interrupting the connection between the Andes and the Amazon? Learn the stories of peoples who are protecting the Marañón and the effects that would occur if mega-dams were built on this ancient river. The Roar of the Marañón is a documentary that shows the struggle of a people in defense of their home and all that it represents. As it is available now for only 10 days, we invite you to watch and discuss this documentary with us.

Luigi Marmanillo, national coordinator of the Marañón Waterkeeper and co-founder of Marañón Experience, can often be found on and around this powerful river. He joined us to discuss what the river and the late developments mean for the people that live along this river, and that he is in constant contact with when descending the river in a raft or kayak.




Missed out on a topic? Here you can find the recordings of our past Science Chats:


We talked with Ombeline Ogier, Maike Brinksma and Constance Brouillet about their Master theses for which the Balkan Rivers Tour on the Sava was going to be the research ground. In corona times they have to adapt their research from fieldwork to online. We had a discussion on how this is possible to still grasp the Balkan context.

Our first (virtual) Science Chat was with one of our students, Zvone, about his Master’s thesis on ecopolitics. How does the political context in Croatia drive hydropower development? And what does this mean in the current crisis?