Hoboken Lecture 2023

On Wednesday 28 June 2023, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, in partnership with the British Council and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, presented the 10th Hoboken Lecture, by the British ecologist professor Kate Jones

'Nature of Cities - building happier, healthier and more resilient urban environments'

Musical prelude (Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis) was by graduates of Codarts - (Rotterdam) University of the Arts.

About the Lecture
Most of the human population now lives in cities, leading to significant environmental challenges. In her Hoboken Lecture, professor Jones will discuss how building nature back into cities is an important step to creating happier, healthier and more resilient areas for everyone to thrive. She will demonstrate how nature-based solutions could help both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change in cities and how citizen science and new technologies can help to create better data-driven management of our environments.

The venue of the Hoboken Lecture was the auditorium of the Kunsthal, directly opposite the Natural History Museum. We only used 200 seats, so sound and view was excellent for all.

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17:30 Refreshments and supper for VIPs, speakers, 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: L'Aire String Quartet plays selected parts of
    Joseph Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis

19:50 Introduction of the speaker and her topic: Kees Vink, 
Endowed professor, Department of Life Sciences, Erasmus University College
             and Natural History Museum Rotterdam

20:00 Hoboken Lecture: professor Kate Jones (University College London)

21:00    Musical intermezzo: L'Aire String Quartet plays a surprise

21:05 Q&A: moderated by Maarten Keulemans, science editor de Volkskrant

21:25 Closing remarks: Lucy Ferguson,
     Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, The Hague

21:30 Short walk to the museum
     Drinks and reception in the museum

22:30 Museum closes, end of the programme

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