Hoboken Lecture 2019

On Wednesday 11 December 2019, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, in partnership with the British Council, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen and Codarts, presented the ninth Hoboken Lecture, by the British conservation biologist Dr. Amy Dickman


Money, Myths & Man-Eaters: Big Cat Conservation in Tanzania and Beyond
Musical prelude (Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis) by students of Codarts - (Rotterdam) University of the Arts.


About the Lecture
 Dr Amy Dickman established the Ruaha Carnivore Project in southern Tanzania in 2009, one of the most important areas in the world for lions, leopards and cheetahs. This remote landscape had been largely ignored by researchers, but suffers the highest rate of lion killing documented in East Africa, as lions and other carnivores impose high costs on poverty-stricken local people. Amy and her Tanzanian team are researching the ecology of these vital populations and working to develop conservation plans and reduce human-carnivore conflict. The project focuses on reducing carnivore attacks on livestock, providing local communities with real benefits from carnivore presence, and training the next generation of local conservation leaders. It has been a challenging endeavour, given the remote location and the initial hostility of the secretive and little-known Barabaig tribe responsible for most lion killing. During the Hoboken Lecture, Dr Dickman will discuss the significance of this project, the difficulties of working in an area where witchcraft and mythology abound, and the conservation successes that are emerging from this important work.

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.

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Programme (download here)

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: Codarts Gentileschi String Quartet (Sònia Benavent
    Romaguera [violin], Manuel Jesús Muñoz Martínez [violin], Marta Ocete
    Montoro [viola], Jorge Municio Corcho [cello]) plays selected parts of
    Joseph Haydn's Hoboken Verzeichnis

19:50 Introduction of the speaker and her topic by Professor Hans Bauer
    (Lion Conservation Coordinator West, Central and Horn of Africa,
    Wildlife Conservation Unit, University of Oxford)

20.00 Hoboken Lecture: ‘Money, Myths & Man-Eaters’ by Dr. Amy Dickman

21:00 Musical intermezzo: Codarts Gentileschi String Quartet

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

21:25 Closing remarksby the Honourable Peter Wilson CMG,
    British Ambassador to the Netherlands

21.30 Short walk to the museum
    Drinks and reception in the museum

22:30 Museum closes, end of the programme