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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, presented 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’

The musical prelude (Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis) was done 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 used only 200 seats, so sound and view was excellent for all. Here is a photographic report.

About the LectureAlthough 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.

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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 Agathe Ensemble [Iván Nogueira (Cello),
                Aleksandra Kwiatkowska (Violin I), Ella van der Mespel (Violin II)
                and Estela Briceño (Viola)] plays Haydn's String Quartet in D Major
                op. 17 no. 6 (Hoboken Verzeichnis III: 30), 1st mov. (Presto)
                and 4th mov. (Finale Allegro)

19:50 Introduction of the speaker and her topic, by
                Professor Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Head of the Department of
                Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, NIOZ Royal Netherlands
                Institute for Sea Research

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, by the Honourable Peter Wilson CMG, British Ambassador
                to the Netherlands

21.20       Short walk to the museum

        Drinks, reception in the museum

22:30 Museum closes, end of the programme

Professor Dave Goulson was our 2016 speaker.
Lord Martin Rees was the first Hoboken Lecturer, in 2011.