Hoboken Lecture 2017
On Wednesday 8 November 2017, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, in partnership with the British Council, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen and Codarts, presents the seventh Hoboken Lecture, by the renowned British palaeoclimatologist Professor Dame Jane Francis DCMG:
‘From Greenhouse to Icehouse: history and future of Antarctica’s climate’
Musical prelude (Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis) by students of Codarts - (Rotterdam) University of the Arts.
The venue of the Hoboken Lecture is the auditorium of the Kunsthal, right next to the museum. We will use only 200 seats, so sound and view will be excellent for all.
About the Lecture: Although the polar regions are now covered in ice and snow, fossil plants preserved in rocks in Antarctica show that the continent was once covered in lush green forests that flourished in warm humid climates, even though the continent was situated over the South Pole. Professor Jane Francis studies fossil plants from the Arctic and Antarctica, fossils that contain a rich store of information about past polar environments. She will illustrate her Hoboken Lecture with pictures of Antarctic fossil plants and reconstructions of the forests and landscapes in Antarctica. The fossils show how the climate cooled from tropical warmth about 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs lived in Antarctica, to cold climates with ice sheets 30 million years ago. The last small trees survived on the continent until about 10 million years ago when Icehouse conditions set in and glaciers covered both poles. Now scientists see evidence of warming climates and melting ice sheets in Antarctica. Professor Francis will demonstrate the fossil plants may thus provide us with a window into life at high latitudes in our future warm world.
17:30 Refreshments and supper for VIPs, speaker, partners and sponsors
18:00 Museum open: get your vouchers, drink coffee and see the exhibitions
19:00 Auditorium Kunsthal open (next to the museum)
19.25 All seats taken
19:30 Welcome: Kees Moeliker, director Natural History Museum Rotterdam
19:35 Musical prelude: Codarts
19:50 Introduction of the speaker and her topic
20.00 Hoboken Lecture: ‘From Greenhouse to Icehouse: history and future of
Antarctica’s climate’ by Professor Dame Jane Francis DCMG
21:00 Q&A, moderated by Martijn van Calmthout, science editor De Volkskrant
21:15 Closing remarks
21.20 Short walk to the museum
Drinks, reception in the museum
22:30 Museum closes, end of the programme