Wetenschap - 20 maart 1997

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  • The coral reefs of the Indonesian island Ambon are suffering as a result of modern fishing techniques which include the use of dynamite and poison. The island's forests are also threatened by over-exploitation. Environmental organisations and scientists from the University of Pattimura hope that the traditional system of rules for conduct, called sasi, can be used set out rules for the responsible use of natural resources. Sasi rules prohibit, for example, the fishing for Lompa fish after a certain date. The environmental organisation Hualopu hopes that rights of ownership, based on sasi rules, will become recognized by the Indonesian government
  • Female students feel that there is a great divide between their personal experience and what they study. That is one of the reasons why female students with a technical background eventually tend to veer off in the direction of social studies. In her PhD thesis Bridging the Gap: Feminist Scholarship in Theory and Practice, WAU teacher Joan Wolffensperger (gender studies) is looking for ways to encourage students to use their personal experience in their studies. She stresses that students should take responsibility for their own choices
  • The tropical study programmes of Rural Development and Tropical Land Use are drifting apart. They are scheduling fewer and fewer interdisciplinary courses, thus narrowing the outlook of these students. Relevant departments do not co-operate and communicate enough, critics claim. Teachers and students disagree about the extent in which courses should be confined to their own discipline. A debate held last March 13 did not bring them any closer together
  • Lovers of jazz from all over the Netherlands converged on Wageningen last March 15 for the Doctor Jazz Reunion in the Junushoff. Twice a year Hot Club de France Nederland, a society for jazz lovers, organises a jazz festival with music and sales of CDs, records and all kinds of memorabilia. Special honours went to the legendary Dutch jazz musicians, violinist Frans Poptie and guitarist Eddie Christiani

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