Biodiversity: Discovery, conservation strategies and services

23 - 24 October 2013, The University of Queensland


Celebrating 200 Years After Leichhardt

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, The University of Queensland (UQ) held the Leichhardt Symposium on Biodiversity and Conservation on 23-24 October 2013.

The symposium brought together researchers, students, decision makers and the general public interested and engaged in the work on biodiversity and conservation from two sides of the world, with Australia and Germany at centre stage. Given Australia and Germany’s unique contributions to these ongoing and global efforts, the Symposium showcased recent progress in all aspects of Biodiversity, including Discovery, Conservation Strategies and Services. The discussions forums and workshops centred around the question of ‘What do we know about biodiversity and what do we want the world to look like?’ and ‘The Value of Biodiversity in a World of Global Change’.”

With support from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and the Australian Embassy in Berlin, the symposium followed the first general colloquium of the Humboldt Foundation in Australia held on 17 October 2013. The symposium was designed to initiate a series of conferences on these central themes to be alternated between Australia and Germany annually.

The media release following this event can be accessed here.


Public Lecture

Academic Symposium Program


The Organising Committee

  • Professor Peer Schenk, UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and UQ Centre for Marine Science (Humboldt Fellow)
  • Professor Dr Gert Wörheide, GeoBio Centre LMU Munich
  • Associate Professor Rod Fensham, UQ School of Biological Sciences and the Queensland Herbarium
  • Professor Hugh Possingham, Director UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science
  • Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director UQ Global Change Institute

German Partner Organisations

  • Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
  • Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen (LMU)
  • Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB)
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Australian Partner Organisations

  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Queensland
  • ARC Centre for Excellence for Environmental Decisions Environmental Decision, The University of Queensland
  • Queensland Museum


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 Images courtesy of Queensland Museum

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