2017 Rutherford Memorial Lecture: Dame Georgina Mace

Nature conservation has traditionally focussed on preservation and protection. However, this approach is increasingly challenged as the impact of human activities on land and in the sea continues to spread and intensify. At the same time, people depend on nature for material goods, as well as for health, recreation and inspiration. Dame Georgina Mace will show how the focus of conservation has shifted from preserving biodiversity (primarily species & habitats and their spatial patterns), to maintaining form and function, adaptability and resilience for the future. But this requires new tools and techniques for measuring and conserving nature.

How should we value nature in a human-dominated world?


The slideshow used during the presentation is available to download here: Dame Georgina Mace – Rutherford Memorial – slide presentation Feb 2017 (PDF, 5.1 MB)


Dame Georgina Mace, British ecologist and conservation scientist, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL (University College London) Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research


AUCKLAND |  Event Centre, Auckland (War Memorial) Museum | Tuesday 21 February, 6pm

WELLINGTON | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand | Thursday 23 February, 6pm

DUNEDIN | St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago | Tuesday 28 February 6:15pm

The 2017 Rutherford Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand in partnership with the The Royal Society, London.

Views expressed during this talk are those of the speaker, not the Royal Society of New Zealand.