Prince Bernhard Chair Foundation

The Prince Bernhard Chair (Dutch: Stichting Leerstoel Prins Bernhard), hereinafter referred to as the PBC Foundation, was established on 16 September 1987, on the occasion of the birthday of H.R.H. Prince Bernhard. Of the interest income from the initial donation, most of the expenses for the chair were provided for. In addition, new forms op cooperation (funding) have been successfully sought. The World Wildlife Fund Netherlands (hereinafter referred to as WWF-NL), is an example of this.

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The Prince Bernhard Chair Foundation has two goals

Objective

In accordance with Article 2 of the Articles of Association, the object of the PBC Foundation is to ensure the continuity of the Chair's activities:

Goal 1

To promote, in the broadest sense of the word, the activities of the special chair "international aspects of nature conservation" at Utrecht University, because of the Prince Bernhard Birthday Foundation.

Goal 2

Fundraising and fund management for the purpose described under a. of this article

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 The Prince Bernhard Chair - forest
 The Prince Bernhard Chair - forest

The policy

The PBC foundation's policy is to work together with the WWF-NL and the UU to facilitate the activities of the chair holder. Activities related to the chair include: teaching, organising seminars, conducting field research, writing publications and possibly supervising a Postdoc.

Through the chair, students at the UU are made aware of and educated in the importance of international nature conservation, its scientific foundation and the dilemmas surrounding international nature conservation. For scientists at the university, the Prince Bernhard Chairholders are important interlocutors and stimulate more research into international nature conservation issues.

Professors who have held the chair are: Norman Meyers (1987-1992), Jeffrey Sayer (1994-2003), Jack Putz (2004-2009), Bill Laurance (2010-2014) and Jaboury Ghazoul (2015-2020).

Composition of the board

Dr. Tim B. Boekhout van Solinge, member (Independent geographer-criminologist & (UN) consultant) 2019-
Prof. Dr. René G.A. Boot, member (Professor UU, Director Tropical Forest) 2013-
Prof. Dr. George A. Kowalchuk, Chairman of the Curatorium (Professor at UU) 2013-
Dr. Kirsten D. Schuyt-Tresierra Unzaga, member (director WWF) 2013-
Prof. Dr. E.B. (Annelies) Zoomers, member (Professor UU) 2017-
Prof. Dr. Pieter A. Zuidema, member (Professor Wageningen University) 2011-

Chairman:
Alex P.J.M. van Hooff (director of Koninklijke Burgers'Zoo) 2016-

Treasurer:
Mr Saskia A.C. Cox-Steenbergh (board member various environmental foundations) 2019-

Secretary:
E.F. Fleur Baroness van Voorst tot Voorst- van Heek (board member of various private land management foundations) 2019-

Board members can be reappointed every five years

Every year we assess our progress in the annual report

Annual report 2019

The report of the activities and financial affairs for the financial year of 2019.

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Annual report 2018

The report of the activities and financial affairs for the financial year of 2018.

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Annual report 2017

The report of the activities and financial affairs for the financial year of 2017.

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Annual report 2016

The report of the activities and financial affairs for the financial year of 2016.

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Annual report 2015

The report of the activities and financial affairs for the financial year of 2015.

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Curatorium

The customary UU procedures for renewing the special Chair apply.

When a new chairholder is recruited, the curatorium will make a nomination proposal to the UU Appointments Advisory Committee (BAC).

Prof. Dr. George A. Kowalchuk is Chairman of the Curatorium (Professor at UU).

Contact us for more information

The Chair
For questions concerning the Chair, please contact the Chair Coordinator. The coördination rests with Dr M. van Kuyk (E-mail: m.vankuijk@uu.nl), who may be contacted at her office at the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Science of the UU, where the activities of the chair are carried out in close contact with the Faculty of Geosciences of the UU.

The PBC Foundation
For questions concerning the PBC Foundation, please contact Mr Alex P.J.M. van Hooff on the following telephone number: 026 3537210.