The Foundation Chair Prince Bernhard

The Foundation Chair Prince Bernhard (Dutch: Stichting Leerstoel Prins Bernhard), hereinafter referred to as the PBC Foundation, was established on the occasion of the birthday of H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands on 16 September 1987.

In accordance with its articles, the objective of Foundation is to promote, in the broadest sense, the activities of a special chair on international aspects of nature conservation.

Currently seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of chairholder

The Foundation Chair Prince Bernhard and Utrecht University are currently seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of chair holder of The Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation for a five-year period, starting September 1 st , 2021.

Application deadline: June 25th, 2021

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Goals of Foundation Chair Prins Bernhard

The Foundation Chair Prince Bernhard supports the activities of the Chair. The Chair serves international nature conservation through strengthening the link between conservation science and practice, while opening new avenues for multidisciplinary approaches.

It is doing so by:

(1) stimulating innovative interdisciplinary research and driving science-based international conservation/restoration efforts,

(2) training Dutch and international students (BSc, MSc and PhD) and supervising researchers (including postdocs) in international aspects of nature conservation,

(3) raising awareness of pressing conservation issues and research and establishing policy priorities.

The activities of the chair are carried out in close contact with the University of Utrecht (UU) and external partners.

Recent achievements and activities

Prince Bernhard

The Prince Bernhard Chair was founded by the Foundation Chair Prince Bernhard in 1987 at the occasion of the 75th anniversary of His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard and has been associated with Utrecht University ever since. The Chair was initiated in honour of Prince Bernhard’s crucial role in international conservation efforts. Prince Bernhard (1911-2004) dedicated over 40 years of his life to nature conservation, from the early 1960s until his death, playing a crucial role in this field at an international level. Prince Bernhard was the founder and first president of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund, later World Wide Fund for Nature) and initiated the Peace Park Foundation. The Prince was President of WWF the Netherlands (hereafter WWF-NL) for over 30 years. He closely followed the activities of the Prince Bernhard Chair at Utrecht University.

Initially the activities of the Prince Bernhard Chair were paid for by interest income of a donation that was related to the 75th birthday of the Prince. In addition, new forms of cooperation (funding) have been successfully establised. Currently, WWF-NL is the main donor of the Foundation.


• The Prince Bernhard Chair is a member of IUCN (,
the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
• The Chair is affiliated to the Academy of Ecosystem Services (