10 October 2018
18:30 - 22:00
Library for foreign literature
"Wild Amsterdam"
film screening and discussion
Event is of an interest for
Are you studying economics,sustainable development or urban planning or environmental studies? Then come to watch the movie and talk with the world class specialist on ecology and resilient cities. Or maybe you are studying Dutch? It is a perfect opportunity to watch the movie in its original language.
Are you a working in the field ecology and sustainable urban planning? Join the event to share your experience with a colleague from the Netherlands.
Researchers and professors
Are you a researcher in the field of urbanistics or environmental studies? Join the event to watch the documentary and discussion to share your knowledge with a Dutch specialist in this area.
The wider public
We all live in a big city and sometimes forget that this is also a home to many animals and birds, that have to live in a city environment.
Programme of the event
18.30 - 19.00 Guests arriving
19.00 - 19.30 Introduction by Dr. M.Sc. Engineering Marian Stuiver
19.30 - 21.00 Film screening "Wild Amsterdam"
21.00 - 21.30 Discussion with Dr. M.Sc. Engineering Marian Stuiver
21.30 - 22.00 Reception
Genre: Documentary
Release date: March 2018
Country: the Netherlands
Runtime: 85 min.
Director: Mark Verkerk
The film will be screened in Dutch with Russian subtitles
Wild Amsterdam is a wildlife feature film with a difference — it explores one of Europe's most vibrant and dynamic cities through the eyes of its wilder inhabitants. A city is not just for people.
In fact to a host of wildlife, the streets, canals and buildings of brick, glass and steel make a home as rich and attractive as a pristine wilderness. And Amsterdam, with its reputation for nurturing its green spaces makes a perfect stage for exploring the deep and often humorous bond between people and animals. A grey heron grabbing a meal at a market fish stall, or a brown rat raising its young in a burrow under a pavement slab is as wild and extraordinary as the hawksbill turtle or giant panda.
Narrated by a wily old tomcat called Frits, Wild Amsterdam provides a unique and upbeat exploration of the city's wilder side, setting its world famed historic canal ring and harbour areas in a new light — as a diverse natural habitat, supporting a wide range of animals, birds and fish. On his daily wanderings through the city, Frits makes an ideal offbeat city guide, being as much at home in the world of people as that of animals.
Since its earliest beginnings, Amsterdam has been a magnet for traders and people fleeing persecution, drawn by a centuries old tradition for progressive and tolerant thinking. This cultural diversity is also reflected in the city's wildlife, which includes not only natives like the grey heron, the fox and peregrine falcon but a horde of exotic new arrivals, such as parakeets, freshwater crayfish and of course the brown rat.
Through Frits' eyes we see Amsterdam in all its many moods — from rare quiet moments at dawn, through the bustle of midday to the more hipper tones the city takes on at nightfall. His escapades introduce us to the lesser known worlds of it's wildlife and the challenges they face. Just like the human city dwellers, they go out each day in search of a meal, a mate and a home safe and sound enough in which to raise their young.
From the makers of the publicly acclaimed 'New Wilderness' (Golden Calf 2013) and 'Holland, The Living Delta' (Golden Film 2015), Wild Amsterdam explores the city and its wilder side from a fresh and engaging perspective.

Watch official trailer
Marian Stuiver
Dr. M.Sc. Engineering Marian Stuiver is senior researcher at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. She has ample experience in the social sciences and projects in Europe, Latin America and Africa. She has worked on projects covering a wide range of topics e.g. design, sustainability, water, energy and food. Examples are EU integral projects Mermaid, Maspnose, Building with Nature and Knowledge for Climate in collaboration with partners from UK, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany.

She is an internationally recognized expert with experience within international non-governmental organizations (United Nations, Commission on Sustainable Development) as well as academic communities and local governmental projects. She has a proven ability to manage complex, multi-stakeholder projects from definition through to completion. She developed a rich toolkit with methodologies to connect entrepreneurs, organizations and policymakers from different backgrounds and cultures for a common goal. She holds a PhD in social sciences from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands, and an MSc in agricultural science from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

She lectures on topics such as resilient cities, nature, economy and society and sustainable entrepreneurship and governance. Wageningen University & Research is a knowledge institution that develops high-quality knowledge in the field of 'healthy food and living environment', together with partners from industry and society.
10 October 2018, 18.30
Nikoloyamskaya, 1
Library for foreign literature
Participation is free of charge. Registration for the event is obligatory.