Orange Sessions

As co-host of Geospatial World Forum 2019, the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency will be organizing Orange Sessions on 3-4 April 2019 to give attendees the opportunity to get acquainted with the Netherlands as an innovative location-minded country. Two important themes will be discussed in the Orange Sessions: Energy and Climate, along with their associated issues. Listen to unique and inspiring stories from Dutch guest speakers, representing various perspectives on the relevance of data, the need for cooperation and the power of location within the two domains.



Saartje van der Made graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology in 2008. She started working at Benthem Crouwel Architects in the same year. She has worked on different projects, like museums, the Amsterdam Central Station, the Amsterdam North/South area and the new head office of the National Postcode Lottery.

Head office of the National Postcode Lottery

The building on the Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam has been awarded the highest attainable sustainability label: BREEAM Outstanding. In order to comply with this sustainability certificate, not only the sustainability aspects in the design, but also aspects such as the use of recycled materials and sustainable choices in the construction process, had to be considered. For example, during the entire process, the CO2 emissions of all components, including the logistics chain, were measured.


Entrepreneurship, politics, sustainability. Ruud Koornstra knows everything about it, from his own experience. He volunteered to be hired by Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte as an unpaid 'Energy Commissioner'. Koornstra brings innovators and policy makers together in this role. That there is still work to be done for a successful energy transition is his motive.

‘The Netherlands must be world champion energy transition in 2010’ (BNR – newsradio)



Van Leur studied at the Wageningen UR Soil, Water and Atmosphere. In addition to her work for television, she writes articles and columns about her knowledge and experiences and gives lectures about weather, climate and sustainability.

She has gained some special experiences, including camping on the (melting) ice sheet of Greenland, multi-accents with the World Solar Challenge in Australia (cars powered by solar energy), researching the primal forces of Iceland, hunting tornadoes in America and sailing with the largest Dutch scientific expedition ever around Spitsbergen.

Emotion sets people in motion, says 'climatic ambassador' Helga van Leur. "Stop with: yes, but. Ask rather: okay, how? Make it tangible and start small. For example with isolating. This is quickly recouped and also provides extra comfort. "

Tessie Hartjes is board member of the Dutch start-up Lightyear. Lightyear aims to enable sustainable affordable mobility anywhere in the world. They do this by developing a commercial solar car. The first model, the Lightyear One is produced in Helmond (NL, Automotive Campus) and will be presented in 2019.

Tessie is also co-founder of Team Blue Jay Eindhoven, a student team of the Technical University in Eindhoven. The team has developed an interactive, autonomous indoor drone that can support those in need in their daily lives. The unique project has attracted worldwide media attention and was shown on Discovery Channel in Canada and RTL2 in Germany.

"Innovation is not about a linear path, it's investing, taking risks and sometimes eating some proverbial glass."