Sustainable Amsterdam delivers compelling presentations and keynote lectures grounded in urban sustainability and tailored to meet the needs of specific audience.

 Depending on your needs you can book a standard of tailor-made presentation or lecture. Standard lectures usually last 60 minutes and include ~15minutes for Q&A.   Online talks via Zoom platform are also possible. 

 Alternatively, you can inquire about a customized lecture by emailing [email protected] 

Our most popular talks are:

1. Learning from Amsterdam how to become a bicycle-friendly city

Amsterdam was not always the bicycle paradise it is today.  The city you see today is the result of a citizen action and difficult policy choices made by the city government in the 1970s. This lectures tells the story of Amsterdam’s transformation to a bicycle friendly city to help inspire other cities to transform themselves.

2. Amsterdam’s Sustainability, Energy & Circular Economy Policies

This lecture introduces key ambitions and policies guiding Amsterdam’s transition to a low-carbon city and a circular economy by 2050.

3. Transformation of Brownfield Sites and Waterfront Areas

Since the 1980s, Amsterdam has pioneered the transformation of polluted former harbour areas into vital new city districts integrating themes such as climate change adaptation, urban prosperity, energy efficiency, participation and social cohesion. Car-light and car-free districts like GWL Terrain, Funenpark and Java Island have also inspired similar developments in Freiburg, Hamburg and Copenhagen.

4. Introduction to Amsterdam Smart City and innovation ecosystem

Amsterdam’s approach to building a smart city through stakeholder collaboration and bottom-up initiatives is widely admired in the Netherlands and abroad. This lecture introduces Amsterdam’s approach and lessons learned from its 10 years of experience building an innovation ecosystems for smart, sustainable cities.

5. City of Green Spaces

This lecture introduces Amsterdam’s long history of creating high quality multifunctional green spaces and its current “Green Agenda” for improving parks and neighborhood green space.   The lecture explains the city’s approach to using green spaces to deal with the effects of climate change such as flooding, increasing periods of hot weather and drought, and changes to biodiversity.