Monday, 29 November 2004
The Ball Room, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 3 Connaught Road, Central
Drinks 12.00 pm; Lecture 12.30 pm
Luncheon and Q&A 1.00 pm
Dr. Dame Jane Goodall is one of the world's most distinguished naturalists. In 1957, Dame Jane, aged 23 years and with no formal academic qualifications, saved up enough money to travel to Africa. There she met the famed anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey. He became her mentor, proposing that she undertake a pioneering field study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. In 1960, she arrived at what is now the Gombe National Park and began the field study that has made her one of the best known scientists in the world. Five years later, after earning her doctorate at Cambridge, Dame Jane returned to Tanzania and established the Gombe Stream Research Centre. Over the next twentyfive years, her groundbreaking work has transformed our understanding of human evolution, animal behaviour and the importance of environmental conservation. Today, over 35 years later, Dame Jane and her staff continue to contribute significant findings on chimpanzee behaviour. Her profound scientific discoveries have laid the foundation for all future primate studies. One of the many observations that amazed the world was when she documented chimpanzees making and using tools. This behaviour was previously believed to separate humans from all other animals. Though best known for her research on the Gombe chimpanzees of Tanzania, Dame Jane Goodall now spends more than 300 days a year travelling the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, environmental activist and teacher. Her lessons learned, about environmental sustainability, political leadership and community activism have wide implications for all leaders and citizens today. In 1977, Dame Jane founded the Dr. Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, with offices worldwide, to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Roots & Shoots, her humanitarian and environmental programme for young people, is now active in more than 80 countries. Dame Jane Goodall has received numerous awards for her work, appears regularly on television and radio and writes for numerous publications. In 1995, she received the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal and in 2003 was made a Dame Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this luncheon lecture. Please note that bookings must be made in advance for this event but payment should be made at the event. member ticket(s) at $320 each
members' guest ticket(s) at $370 each
public ticket(s) at $420 each.