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Event Conservation science for the future - Symposium

Public symposium on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Prince Bernhard Chair at Utrecht University

The symposium is intended for professionals active in international conservation as well as students interested in this topic. The symposium aims to review past achievements of conservation science and provide an outlook for the future. Attendance is free after registration ( Seats available for students are limited.

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Period 03/12/2012
Event location Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht Domplein 19, Utrecht
Host Universiteit Utrecht
Contact person M. van Kuijk
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Theme(s) Ecosystems
Target group(s) Adults
Type Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival) Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival)


13.15 Welcome by chairman, Prof. dr. Gerrit van Meer (dean Faculty of Science, Utrecht University), Prince Bernhard and conservation science

13.25 Role of Prince Bernhard in international nature conservation - Drs. Johan van den Gronden (director, WWF)

13.35 Achievements of the Prince Bernhard Chair - Prof. dr. Marinus Werger (Utrecht University)

Hot themes in international conservation and conservation science

13.45 Short presentations and discussion on threats, opportunities and dilemmas in conservation and the changing role of conservation science. Prof. dr. Jeffrey Sayer (Prince Bernhard Chair 1994-2003) & Prof. dr. William Laurance (Prince Bernhard Chair

2010- present), led by Drs. Johan van den Gronden

14.30 – tea & coffee break –

Tropical forest management

15.15 Logging and conservation in rainforests - Prof. dr. Francis Putz (Prince Bernhard Chair 2004-2009)

15.35 The future of forest certification - Drs. Liesbeth Gort (director FSC Netherlands)

Conservation and financing

15.50 Perverse subsidies and habitat destruction - Prof. dr. Norman Myers (Prince Bernhard Chair 1987-1992)

16.10 Responsible financing mechanisms and international conservation - Ir. Georges Beukering (Senior investment officer FMO)

A new agenda for conservation science

16.25 A compilation of visions of the four Chair holders, presented by Prof. dr. William Laurance (Prince Bernhard Chair 2010- present)

16.40 Closure by chairman, prof. dr. Gerrit van Meer

16.45 – drinks –