Species, dragonflies, and freshwater: discovering, appreciating, and preserving life


Guest Professor Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra will hold a one-week seminar (9. – 13.11.) on the origins and value of freshwater biodiversity with readings that reflect on the interaction between science, conservation, and the public.

Guest Professor Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra will hold a one-week seminar with the title “Species, dragonflies, and freshwater: discovering, appreciating, and preserving life” at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management in November 2020 (9. – 13.11.)

KD (Klaas-Douwe) B. Dijkstra is a world-leading expert of dragonflies and damselflies, who focuses on Africa and Europe. Dijkstra had to adopt many roles to popularize these insects among the public, in conservation, and in science: from explorer to curator, taxonomist to field guide author, and evolutionary ecologist to environmental consultant.
 
With Dijkstra’s experience as example, and dragonflies and freshwater as metaphors, the course aims to inspire students to explore why they study species and how their ambitions fit science and society. The course combines lectures on the origins and value of freshwater biodiversity with readings that reflect on the interaction between science, conservation, and the public. Subsequently, discussions and exercises will challenge the participants to formulate their own perspectives on life on Earth and its future.


For further information visit: https://sites.google.com/view/kddijkstra


14.10.2020