Scientific Event

Embracing Chaos in Times of Transformative Change: what does it mean to you?


Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan Rotmans, the international authority in the field of transitions and sustainability, provides governments, businesses, and most importantly, you – the individual – with the solution to the chaos and crises that we all feel.
He advocates for 11 transitions to maintain a liveable society and planet, going beyond the fear of change. Instead of just talking about the doom scenario’s he shows us what can be done, and what there is to gain. Not only with your mind but also with your heart.

Day 2


19 October

09.00 - 10.30 Plenary session

  • Start: 9.45
  • Duration: 45 min 
  • Language: English
  • Translations: Italian - German - French


Jan Rotmans is one of the founders of Integrated Assessment (IA), and has outstanding experience in IA modeling, scenario-building, uncertainty management and transition management. During the past twenty years he has led a diversity of innovative projects in the field of climate change, global change, sustainable development and transitions and system innovations. He is founder and director of the International Centre for Integrative Studies (ICIS) (1998) at Maastricht University. Since 2004 he is a full professor in Transitions and Transition Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where he founded the DRIFT-institute: Dutch Research Institute For Transitions. He is vice-president of The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS), and founder and director of the Dutch Knowledge Network on System Innovations and Transitions (KSI). Jan Rotmans is founder of two scientific journals, Environmental Modeling and Assessment and Integrated Assessment, and has published ten books and more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles in journals and books in the fields of environment, sustainability, governance, transitions and system innovations.