On 12 June, Professor Jaboury Ghazoul gave his inaugural lecture as holder of the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation. In honour of the 30-year anniversary of the Chair, Prince Constantijn visited the Seminar that was held before Ghazoul’s inaugural lecture, and took part in the discussion session about the history and future of nature conservation. An important theme was the connection between science, practice, and policy. "The Prince Bernhard Chair strives to link science and practice by educating students, by stimulating conservation research, and by asking attention for urgent matters in conservation," said Marijke van Kuijk, coordinator of the Prince Bernhard Chair at Utrecht University.
Kirsten Schuyt, CEO of WWF Netherlands, gave a presentation on the different views on conservation work, and illustrated this with examples from all over the world. Pieter Zuidema, Professor in tropical forest ecology at Wageningen University, spoke about developments in the history of conservation science. He observed that the complexity and scale of nature conservation have been becoming larger since the 1960's, and the status of conservation science has also increased, with publications in high-ranked scientific journals.