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Putting science communication into action: The Dutch peat convenant
Monday 23 January – 20:00 – 21:00 CET

In November 2022, the Netherlands became the 6th country in the world with a concrete plan to reduce the use of the fossil material peat in horticulture. In this webinar, we’ll discuss how this happened and what we can learn from this story. These take home messages should also apply to other projects beyond the world of horticulture.

Topics covered by this webinar:

  • What’s the problem with peat extraction?
  • How to tell this story to different audiences? Which of the arguments will catch on with which target audience?
  • What’s happening internationally? Which cultural and political differences influence the success chances of different approaches?
  • Top-down or bottom-up? How can you achieve more impact?

Philipp is the co-founder of Stichting Turfvrij, an NGO which uses science communication to enact real world impact. A chemist by training, he earns his money with NaturalScience.Careers, which offers workshops and talks for scientists.



  • January 23 | Philipp Gramlich | Putting science communication into action: The Dutch peat convenant



About ‘Future Scientists’

By now, most people are aware of the seriousness of climate change and the ecological crisis (e.g., see this 2019 EU Survey). However, awareness by itself may not lead to behavioral change, let alone system and cultural change.

In the Future Scientists webinar series, we explore how to go forward in this decisive decade. As scholars and scientists, what is our role in contributing towards the “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” (IPCC) required to stay below 1,5 °C of warming? What system or cultural changes need to be discussed more widely, and how to best communicate that? Lastly, taking a more introspective view, how do we cope with emotions coming from the barrage of bad news regarding the state of our planet?