Save the date: Lulofs Lustrum Fall 2022!
Alumnivereniging Lulofs Alumni association for Physical Geography and Earth Sciences of the University of Amsterdam
Lulofs newsletter September 2022
Lustrum: 30 years of Lulofs & board changes View online


Dear members, beste leden, 


We are very glad to invite you to the Lulofs 6th Lustrum this fall, which will take place in person at the Amsterdam Science Park! On Thursday October 27th, 2022, we will meet at 15:00 for an update about the BSc and MSc programme, and two interesting presentations, followed by drinks to catch up with your fellow alumni and current UvA staff and students. The lecture hall will be announced later. 


We have the following speakers lined up for you:


  • Emiel van Loon (programme director) will give an update on the BSc Future Planet Studies

  • Carina Hoorn (programme director) will give an update on the MSc Earth Sciences

  • Kenneth Rijsdijk (assistant professor) will talk about hedges and their role in the (cultural) landscape, based on his recent book: Heg

  • (To be announced) a MSc student of Kenneth Rijsdijk will talk about his/her work on hedges.


We look very much forward to seeing you all at the Lustrum! To give us an estimate of the number of people that will attend, we would like to ask you to register via the button below.

Register here for Lulofs 6th lustrum

How to reach Science Park

Science Park is easy to reach via public transport (bus 40 from Amstel and Muiderpoort station or via the Science Park train station). There are parking facilities as well, but these are limited. You can find more information about reaching Science park here.


We hope to see many of you in October! If you have any questions, please contact us at


With warm regards,


The board of Lulofs

Farewell of chairman Dan Assendorp


After three years we have to say goodbye  to  Dan Assendorp as  chair of Lulofs. We would like to thank Dan for the effort and work he has put into Lulofs!


Dear Lulofs members,


After 3 years of being the chairman of Lulofs I decided to resign. Due to personal circumstances and the physical and experienced distance between Duiven and Amsterdam I was not able to give this administrative task enough attention. And that is not what Lulofs deserves! Physical Geography, Earth Sciences and the Future of our Planet were and are my main motivations in work and a great part of my personal life. Therefore, my membership of Lulofs is no point of discussion and more than occasionally you will meet me at Lulofs activities. I thank the current board for our collaboration. I am confident they are able to find a suitable chairman and I wish them all the success they deserve.


Dan Assendorp

Carina Hoorn joining the Lulofs board


We are happy to announce that Carina Hoorn is joining the Lulofs board. In this newsletter she will shortly introduce herself. Welcome Carina!


Please let me introduce myself: I am Carina Hoorn, geologist, paleoecologist and paleobiogeographer. I am associate professor at the University of Amsterdam and have a MSc (1988) and PhD (1994) from this university, and an MSc (2003) in Science Communication from Imperial College London (UK). Recently I was awarded the van Waterschoot van der Gracht award (2021) the highest recognition of the Dutch geological society for achievements in the field of Earth Sciences. In September 2021 I have been appointed as interim Programme Director of the MSc Earth Sciences.


My main research interest is the interaction between landscape, climate and vegetation on a deep (millions of years) time scale. The regions I am most interested in are Amazonia, the Andes, Tibet, the Himalayas and SE Asia. I enjoy working in research teams, and together with her collaborators studies the Neogene fossil plant record of western Amazonia and the origin and stages of development of the Amazon River. I also am fascinated by the Cenozoic evolution of steppe-desert plants, even more so after spending some time as a research fellow in Xinjiang province, westernmost China. In recent years I also got involved in research on the fossil record of Myanmar and Indonesia. See here for more information.

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