Biodiversity Festival - 22nd of May 2023

The Netherlands is unfortunately one of the world’s leaders in biodiversity loss. Researchers across Utrecht University are improving the science base for effective protection and recovery of biodiversity. Insight into effective measures is vital: greater biodiversity makes ecosystems more stable and can help mitigate the consequences of climate change.

On International Biodiversity Day we organize a Biodiversity science and impact Festival to connect stakeholders, active on the theme of biodiversity, and UU scientists from different disciplines. This way, we can find cooperation and strengthen each other on our way bending the curve of biodiversity loss.


In the Botanical Gardens at Utrecht Science Park


From 1 p.m. to 6 pm

Will you join us?


@Greenhouse (serre)

12.30  Registration and coffee and tea
13.00  Welcome by Anton Pijpers and Merel Soons
13.15  Detlef van Vuuren ‘Bending the curve of biodiversity loss’
13.45  Kathryn Barry ‘Zooming in to better understand the consequences of biodiversity loss’
14.15  Harriet Bulkeley ‘Governing nature with and for the city’

@Wachendorff room

15.10 & 16.10 Speakers corner
4-minute pitches on new results representing UU research
16.00 posters
Exchange of knowledge and networking

@Educational lab

15.30 & 16.15 Speed dating with UU academics and stakeholders

@The Terrace

15.15 & 16.00 Tour Biodiversity and Climate Variability Experiment, UU BioClive

@Greenhouse (serre) & the Terrace

Until 18.00 Bites, drinks and music