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Hoboken Lecture 2018

On Wednesday 12 December 2018, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, in partnership with the British Council, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen and Codarts, presents the eighth Hoboken Lecture, by the renowned British writer, traveller, veterinarian, taxidermist, barrister and philosopher Professor Charles Foster

'Being a Beast'

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, directly opposite the Natural History Museum. We make use of only 200 seats, so sound and view is excellent for all.

About the Lecture: soon to be announced

What is the Hoboken Lecture? Other FAQ


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 (opposite 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 his topic

20.00 Hoboken Lecture: ‘Being a Beast’ by Professor Charles Foster

21:00       Q&A

21:15 Closing remarks

21.20       Short walk to the museum

        Drinks, reception and book signing in the museum

22:30 Museum closes, end of the programme

Professor Professor Dame Jane Francis was the 7th Hoboken Lecture speaker, in 2017.
Lord Martin Rees was the first Hoboken Lecturer, in 2011.