Special chair

The PBC foundation's policy is to work together with WWF-NL and UU to facilitate the activities of the special chair. Activities related to the chair include: teaching, organising seminars, conducting (field) research, writing publications and supervising students and researchers (including postdocs).

Currently seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill the position of chairholder. Application deadline: June 25th, 2021

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. The Chair aims to stimulate innovative research in the field of nature conservation and restoration, while contributing to inclusive and sustainable development. Nature conservation and restoration are global top-priorities given the combined challenges of climate change mitigation and adaption, biodiversity restoration and developing nature based-solutions for the future.

Application deadline: June 25th, 2021

See candidate profile (PDF)

Through the chairholders, students and researchers (including postdocs) are made aware of and educated in the importance of international nature conservation, its scientific foundation and the dilemmas occurring in international nature conservation. For scientists, the Prince Bernhard Chairholders are important interlocutors, and they stimulate more research into international nature conservation issues.

Previous chairholders are: Norman Meyers (1987-1992), Jeffrey Sayer (1994-2003), Jack Putz (2004-2009), Bill Laurance (2010-2014) and Jaboury Ghazoul (2015-2020) https://www.uu.nl/en/research/ecology-and-biodiversity/prince-bernhard-chair/prince-bernhard-chair-holders


The customary UU procedures for renewing the special Chair apply.

When a new chairholder is recruited, the UU Appointments Advisory Committee, also called Constitution Committee, which includes members of the UU curatorium, will make a nomination proposal to the Board of the UU.
This committee consists of:

  • Prof. Dr G.A. (George) Kowalchuk, UU Biology, chairman
  • Prof. Dr H.A.B. (Han) Wösten, UU Biology/ Director of Education
  • Prof. Dr R.G.A. (René) Boot, UU Biology/Tropenbos International
  • Prof. Dr E.B. (Annelies) Zoomers, UU Geosciences
  • Prof. Dr P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema, WUR, Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • Drs A.P.J.M (Alex) van Hooff, chairman Foundation Prince Bernhard Chair
  • Ms M. (Monique) Grooten, Director science and learning WWF Netherlands
  • Dr M. (Marijke) van Kuijk, UU Biology, coördinator Prins Bernhard Chair

The curatorium is supervising the Special Chair. The curatorium consists of:

  • Prof. Dr G.A. (George) Kowalchuk (chairman)
  • Prof. Dr R.G.A (René) Boot
  • Prof. Dr E.B. (Annelies) Zoomers
  • Prof. Dr P.A. (Pieter) Zuidema