How to design and build a sustainable office-laboratory
Needs, challenges and the implementation of eco-technology
2 March 2017
Graduate School of Urbanism
Higher School of Economics
19:00 - 21:00
The lecture is of interest for:
If you study urban planning or ecology you will be interested in learning how these different fields can be merged into one interdisciplinary research project.
Researchers and professors
Join the conversation to share your knowledge and expertise with one of the leading experts in the field of circular economy.
Are you active in the fields of circular economy, environmental policies or urban planning? You will be excited to learn how Cradle-to-Cradle principles are implemented in practice.
The wider public
Are you living in a big city and concerned about the worsening ecological situation? Come and learn about a building that is not only safe for the environment but can actually improve its health!
Main lecture topics
Lecture will be in English without translation
Crises teach us to innovate: Going from the take-make-waste model towards a circular economy
Global ecosystems are endangered by rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel. Biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate by expanding economies that downplay the effects of environmental degradation. There is an increasing need to change from a linear, resource destroying, take-make-waste economic model towards a circular economy. But crises create room for innovations. Nature can teach us valuable lessons for the transition towards a different economic model. Sustainable innovations inspired by nature are the promises and challenges of the future.
Don't just talk about change, do something about it! Check out a building that positively contributes to the surrounding environment.

Louise Vet will present an overview of the eco-technological innovations she and other colleagues applied when building the sustainable office-laboratory complex of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). Inspired by the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) principles, the design and construction of the building were taken one step further than most sustainable buildings constructed to date in the Netherlands. Sustainability is generally measured by energy efficiency, but it is much more than that! The question is not what we can do to limit environmental damage, but rather how can we make a valuable contribution to the surrounding environment? This talk will conclude with a discussion of the closing of cycles, the use of solar energy and the celebration of biodiversity.
Louise Vet
Director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University.

Vet was awarded several international prizes for her research on plant-insect interactions, delivering basic knowledge for the strategic development of sustainable agro-ecosystems (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). Vet is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She published more than 200 papers in international journals.
Vet is a biologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, and devoted to stimulate a positive interaction between ecology and economy. She serves on a diversity of national and international boards and committees. Selection: Chair of the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN); the Environment Steering Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council; The Circle Economy, WWF, etc.
Vet was the driving force behind NIOO's prize winning sustainable laboratory/office complex for which she received the 2012 Golden Pyramid state prize. Linked to these building activities Vet stimulates public-private partnerships to encourage new eco-technological developments. She is active in the media and in 'science for policy' and a frequently invited speaker (e.g. TEDxAmsterdam 2009 and 2011).
March 2, Thursday, 19:00
Shukhov Lab
Graduate School of Urbanism
Higher School of Economics, National Research University
Myasnitskaya, 20
The entrance is free but the registration is obligatory. You will need to show your passport to enter the building.
The lecture is organized in cooperation with
Tilda Publishing
The lecture is organized in cooperation with
Tilda Publishing