KNAW Heineken Lecture 2018

Paul Hebert: A Mission to Preserve Planetary Biodiversity

26 September 2018 from 15:00 to 16:30 hrs
Leidse Schouwburg, Oude Vest 43, 2312 XS Leiden
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Lecture by Paul Hebert, laureate of the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Photo Paul Hebert by Jussi Puikkonen

We share this planet with millions of multi-cellular species, the offspring of lineages which have survived and diversified for half a billion years. They now confront an unprecedented situation – a mass extinction event driven not by a physical cataclysm, but by a species. Humans have become the dominant agent of biotic change; extinction rates are now at least 100 times above background levels. We are burning the books of life.

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  • 2.30 p.m.: Registration
  • 3.00 p.m.: Lecture
  • 4.00 p.m.: Announcement Start-up
  • 4.30 p.m.: Drinks

Louise Vet will be the chair of the programme.

This lecture will be in English.

Paul Hebert

Paul D.N. Hebert, Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity at the University of Guelph (Canada),is receiving the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for his pivotal contribution to developing a genetic barcode capable of classifying every biological species on Earth.

Read more on Paul Hebert, winner of the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences.


This lecture is organized by the KNAW and Naturalis Biodiversity Center.