The International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was established in 1919 as a non- governmental and non-profit organization of National Academies and international scientific Associations and Societies. Since then IUBS has functioned as a global platform of scientists from all disciplines and nationalities for cooperation, interaction and collaboration to promote research, training, and education in biological sciences.

To commemorate completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, IUBS has launched a Webinar Series bringing the best of all disciplines to discuss evolution, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, and other topics that represent unified biology and the topics of prime importance to address contemporary problems such as climate change, endangered species, food and nutrition, health etc.

The first lecture of the webinar series was delivered by Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate on “Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” on 2nd October 2020. The second lecture of the series “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity” is scheduled for 10th March 2021 and will be delivered by an award-winning biologist, educator, film producer, author and science communicator, Sean B. Carroll.

The third lecture in the IUBS Webinar Series will be delivered by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. The title of the webinar is: “Gombe and Beyond”. An ethologist and environmentalist, with ongoing research spanning more than six decades, Dr. Goodall is a pioneer in studying the behavior, social organization, and cognitive abilities of chimpanzees. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace.

Third Lecture of Webinar Series

Gombe and Beyond

Date: 27th April 2021
Time: 1:30 PM GMT

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(Photo: Jane Goodall Institute)

About the Speaker

Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world's most famous and foremost conservationists and scientists known globally. Dr Goodall is known as a woman with a love for animals but no formal background in research when she began her journey. She navigated the male-dominated worlds of science and media and contributed enormously in her field and went on to become a world-famous figure of the conservation movement. She later did Ph.D. at Cambridge University, has written many books for adults and children, mentored new generations of scientists, promoted conservation in the developing world, and established several sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees.

Her pioneering study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees began 60 years ago in Gombe, Tanzania and revolutionized how we think about both chimpanzees and ourselves. She gave the animals, names, unlike the prevalent practice of numbering them, and observed them have unique and individual personalities, an unconventional idea at that time. Her work challenged the two long-standing beliefs of the day that only humans could construct and use tools, and that chimpanzees were vegetarians.

She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and there are currently JGIs established in 25 countries. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots global humanitarian and environmental programme empowers young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for the community, animals and the environment and is active in more than 60 countries. Dr. Goodall has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project and is an honorary member of the World Future Council.  In April 2002, she was appointed as  a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Secretary General Kofi Annan. She was named a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2004. Among her many honours Dr. Goodall has received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honor, The Medal of Tanzania, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence, and the Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award. In 2019, Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr Goodall is an outspoken environmental advocate. She is a vegetarian and advocates the diet for ethical, environmental, and health reasons.

About the Lecture

In this webinar, Dr. Jane Goodall will talk about the research that she began more than 60 years ago, which is ongoing today into the lives of the wild chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. Her pioneering work has changed the way we look at wildlife and conservation activities across the world. The TACARE programme has empowered the communities living around Gombe to become JGI’s partners in conservation and is being replicated in other African countries. Dr Goodall will speak about her early work, how it changed the way we think about both chimpanzees and ourselves and about the many programmes established by the Jane Goodall Institute that are working to sustain both wildlife and human communities. 

Goodall observing chimpanzee behavior at Gombe National Park in Tanzania

(Photo: National Geographic)

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