Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

TEDx talks by two IBED scientists

8 December 2014

During the 2014 TEDx Amsterdam event on 28 November, two IBED scientist gave a short talk ‘beyong the wall’ in Vondel CS. Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes talked about ‘Birds on the Move’, while Dr Sebastiaan de Vet went ‘Walkabout on Mars’.

Beyond the Wall; a TEDx-first

On Friday 28 November, the 6th edition of TEDx Amsterdam took place with distinguished speakers from all over the world at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. A new format explored during this year’s event aimed at increasing the accessibility of the main TEDx event via special viewing parties which were open to the public for free on different location across the city. A ‘TEDx-first’ was pioneered at the VondelCS venue where scientists of the Amsterdam Science Park were offered a stage to share their enthusiasm for, and vision on science.

Birds on the Move, Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes

Movement is one of the basic characteristics of life on earth.  It is an integral part of the struggle for survival, how and where animals find food, shelter, a mate, safety. Movement also influences species interactions, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. When studying movement one of the most exciting groups of animals to work on are birds. We study bird movement to understand how birds adapt to their environment and to help solve conflicts between wildlife and humans.  We provide a brief glimpse of how movement research is being applied to aviation safety, and how gulls try to survive and care for their young in a world that is quickly changing.

Walkabout on Mars, Dr Sebastiaan de Vet

Ever had that feeling creep up on you, whilst walking through a desolate landscape, of standing at the surface of another planet? Chances are your feeling is more right than you can imagine. The resemblance of landscapes on Earth to those on e.g. Mars is one of the pillars in modern-day planetary exploration. This analogy is gratefully used by many scientists as it offers the opportunity to apply what we know from Earth to processes shaping the surfaces of other planets in our solar system. Using terrestrial landscapes in combination with innovative field and laboratory experiments therefore allows us to study planets without needing to travel many millions of kilometres to the planets ourselves.