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Annual Biodiversity Lecture

The GGBC hosts one major lecture on biodiversity every autumn. This event is intended for both GGBC members and the general public. The aim is to bring a high-profile biodiversity researcher or researchers to Gothenburg to engage the public and encourage enthusiasm for the natural world. 

This event is partially funded by the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate (BECC).


Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre Annual Biodiversity Lecture 2021, "Rewilding: revitalising conservation for the 21st century", was delivered by Dr Paul Jepson.

The term rewilding was coined in the 90's and while most of us are familiar with the terms conservation or restoration, rewilding has only relatively recently begun to receive broader attention. Paul is author of ‘Rewilding: the radical new science of ecosystem recovery’ which has been well received in the field.

During the lecture Paul explained not only what rewilding is and how it has been implemented, but also how it creates eco-enterprise opportunities. 

Paul worked for the School of Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford before moving to Ecosulis, a conservation organisation specialising in rewilding. He was furthermore contributing his expertise as a former member of supervisory board for Rewilding Europe. 

The lecture was streamed live from the Oxford Museum of Natural History and can be watched on GGBC's YouTube channel


In 2020 the GGBC and the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award hosted the GGBC Annual Biodiversity Lecture featuring IPBES! Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES and Prof. Sandra Diaz, Co-chair of the IPBES Global Assessment spoke about biodiversity, humanity’s threat to it and what is needed to shift current trends.


In 2019, Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, spoke together with Prof. Susanne Eriksson from Lund University. Their two lectures revolved around the Ig Nobel prize and the research that Susanne Åkesson was awarded the physics prize in 2016. 


In 2018 the GGBC held its inaugural biodiversity lecture. It was delivered by Peter and Rosemary Grant, famed evolutionary biologists working on “Darwin’s finches” in the Galapagos. The event took place on November 20 at the Wallenberg Conference Centre. 

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May

At the GGBC we always celebrate the international day for Biological Diversity, or Biodiversity Day. Our partners host an array of events to increase the generals publics knowledge and understanding of biodiversity.