2019 Annual Meeting

Securing sustainable futures

Designing, planning, and making decisions on policies, practices, and infrastructures  under deep uncertainty

November 5-7, 2019

Hosts: Delft University of Technology and Deltares Venue: TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands

Venue: TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, The Netherlands

Access to venue: From Schiphol Airport, there are two train routes you can take to get to Delft Station:

  • NS Intercity to Dordrecht (Delft Station is one of the stops along this line). Approximate time: 40 minutes.
  • NS Intercity to Den Haag Centraal, stop at Station Leiden Centraal, then continue with NS Intercity to Vlissingen (Delft Station is one of the stop along this line). Approximate time: also 40 minutes.

This journey would cost 10.5euro. You can also take a taxi, but that would cost around 100-120euro.

From Delft Station you can either walk to the venue (approx. 20 minutes), or take Bus 69 (to TU Technopolis) and stop at TU Aula. Another option is to take bus 40 (to Rotterdam Centraal) which also stops at TU Aula.

If you stay at a hotel in the city center, it should be within a walking distance from Delft Station.

Useful website for public transportation in the Netherlands: https://9292.nl/en

Contact: meeting@deepuncertainty.org


Registration for this event has been closed.


You can find the meeting’s schedule, programme, and lists of accepted abstracts here.

Training Day

Prior to the two-day meeting, there will be a Training Day on 5 November 2019, designed to provide grounding in DMDU concepts and core methods. It is intended for those who wish to conduct DMDU analyses as well as decision makers who may receive the output of such analyses.

Post Conference Workshop

A Post Conference Workshop titled “The governmental challenge of anticipating the future with decisions about end-of-lifetime water infrastructure” will be held on Nov 8th, 8:30 – 13:00. You can find more details about the workshop here.

Recommended Hotels

The hotels located in the city center are within walking distance to the meeting’s venue (TU Delft). Some suggested hotels are:

Hampshire Hotel Delft Centre: https://www.hampshire-hotels.com/hampshire-hotel-delft-centre

Best Western Museum hotel: http://www.museumhotels.nl/nl/

Hotel Leeuwenbrug: www.leeuwenbrug.nl

Hotel de Plataan: http://www.hoteldeplataan.nl

Westcord hotel: http://www.westcordhotels.nl

Theme: Securing Sustainable Futures

Humanity is striving for a better and more sustainable future for all. Initiatives like the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the European Union’s focus on societal challenges or disaster-resilient societies exemplify this.

Nevertheless there remains a gap between agreeing on objectives, and translating these objectives into action. Whether the focus is on alleviating poverty, reducing hunger, promoting peace and justice, ensuring socially inclusive economic development, mitigating climate change, adapting to a changing climate, or protecting and restoring ecosystems, in moving from objectives to actions, deep uncertainty is omnipresent. Investments and policy decisions in these and other fields often have significant and often long-term consequences. At the same time, the increasing number and severity of disruptions and their cascading effects related to climate change, societal fragmentation, and instability require near-term decisions and action(s) across all scales. Making sound and coordinated near-term decisions is critical, precisely because we live in an increasingly unpredictable dynamic world governed by competing and changing beliefs and preferences. This year’s theme is ‘Securing sustainable futures’.

2019 Meeting Committee

Local organizing committee

Jan Kwakkel (Delft University of Technology)
Marjolijn Haasnoot (Deltares, Utrecht University)
Sadie McEvoy (Deltares, Delft University of Technology)
Bramka Jafino (Delft University of Technology)
Vincent Marchau (Radboud University)

Scientific advisory committee

David Groves (RAND Corporation)
Judy Lawrence (Victoria University of Wellington)
Julie Rozenberg (World Bank)
Robert Solly (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
Warren Walker (Delft University of Technology)
Pieter Bloemen (Delta Programme, IHE Delft)