Creative ‘VrijMiBo’ VI: ’Out of the shit’


Thomas Oudman

Oct 27 2023 (15:00-17:00)

BirdEyes (Zaailand 110 Leeuwarden)

In times of ecological breakdown a growing number of scientists feel compelled to speak truth to power. But the line between science and activism is increasingly blurred. How can we imagine alternate futures without compromising scientific integrity? In his book ‘Out of the shit’ Thomas Oudman – an inspiring scientist turned journalist – exposed inconvenient truths about the Dutch nitrogen crisis, and envisioned what radical changes are needed to ensure a sustainable future for nature ánd farmers in the Netherlands. Through a short presentation and an extensive Q&A, Thomas will relate his experience and struggles in writing his thought-provoking book, and we’ll reflect on the role of scientists in shaping public discourse in times of growing polarisation. 

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NB: this event was rescheduled from 3 November


In addition, we are currently organizing targeted work meetings, building on the traditions that we have developed during the Wadvogelwerk (Metawad-Waddenfonds), Kening fan ‘e Greide for many years, and the black-tailed godwit research in southwest Fryslân.

Centre for global ecological change at the University of Groningen

Birdeyes is a science and creative centre that views the world - almost literally - through the eyes of birds. More and more birds are flying around with tiny transmitters, loggers and other high technology on their backs and legs. This generates an unimaginable amount of information. By cleverly combining such data with other sources of information, and by using new ways to tell stories and share the insights with, BirdEyes strives to open up a new knowledge network. The centre aims to be an innovative part of the University of Groningen and is linked to the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development. BirdEyes, with empirical and inspirational roots in the farthest corners of the world.

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