Alumni Reconnect


This year is not like every year, as the Climate KIC Alumni Association celebrates its 5-year anniversary and we want to rock your world!

Together with you, we would like to celebrate and reconnect to people from every single Climate KIC programme. Over the course of 2 days, we would like to hear what have you been up to and to give you the floor to share your successes and experiences, as the Climate KIC Alumni community includes arguably some of the most amazing people in the world.

We certainly hope that this event will inspire each and everyone one of us. That is why we are putting together a great programme, including inspirational speakers, climate talks, panel discussions and of course time for networking, reconnecting...and partying. Our overarching topic is "Climate Heroes" and we cannot wait to introduce you to a broad range of them this year.

Venue and Programme (Where, When, What)

WhereCIC Rotterdam
When: 5pm, 24 - 2pm, 26 November
Programme: will be shared with you very soon.

This year we leave the accommodation choice to you, either a tent, an igloo, a house boat or a loft with fellow CKAA friends - whatever you feel like! We will reimburse your accommodation expenses up to 130 Euros for two nights (based on average hotel room prices per night in Rotterdam), once you have participated in the event. There will be delicious vegetarian and vegan food.

The Climate Heroes
First speakers are already confirming  - Rembrandt Koppelaar, writer of the book the Tesla Revolution. More information about our programme will follow soon, so stay tuned!

Be fast and reserve your spot! Be furious about all your ideas!

See you in Rotterdam!

Meet our speakers :

Rembrandt Koppelaar

Rembrandt Koppelaar is a researcher and writer on the future of energy, material resources, and technology development. He will bring to CKAA ReConnect his views on the unfolding energy and climate landscape from his latest book ‘The Tesla Revolution’ (Amsterdam University Press 2017) published in English, Dutch and Chinese ( Rembrandt has published two books selling over 8,000 copies each to present, and several academic and industry articles in established journals on solar and wind energy, the future of phosphorus, copper mining, and electricity systems, among other topics. Currently, he is working on a book on the future of the German EnergieWende. Since 2010 Rembrandt is a researcher at the Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER), where he works on modelling of resource flows in city-regions (urban metabolism), energy technology analysis, and supply chain resource efficiency. He is close to finishing his PhD in Energy Systems Modelling from Imperial College London, where he worked on the accuracy of using models for policy decisions. He holds an MSc and BSc in Economics and Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and was an editor for, which until it closed in 2013 was one of the best read energy blogs with over a million monthly visitors. He participated in the Climate-KIC Journey in the summer of 2012.


Qayum Mannan 

Having worked at leading interfaith and intercultural organisations (such as the Three Faiths Forum and Open Society Foundation), campaigned on varying issues and researched youth unemployment and social cohesion issues, Qayum has recently finished his MSc in Public Policy at UCL and is now the Programme Coordinator of the UpRising Leadership Programme, of which he is an alumnus.


Marco Masia

Marco Masia is vice chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. In this role, he has supervised many operations of the organization related to Open Science, Science Communication, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD in Physics and he has recently obtained an Master in Business Administration. He is interested in the societal impacts of research and in the policies to foster positive change.


Linda Vermaat

Linda lives together with Erik Loots in Amsterdam. She is a filmmaker / startup scout / moderator at events & talkshows. People who go above and beyond to challenge the status quo inspire Linda. Her search for these individuals has instigated the Slow Food Youth Network & Professional Rebel.
Linda has a curious mind, loves to talk and eat with her hands and dislikes indifference. In 2017 she has been working on:
• Moderator of big events on sustainability and impact.
• International startup scout for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge;
• International documentairy series Twentie Four. We follow 24 enterprenuers in 24 cities for 24 hours. All of them fix the world and make money.