The Kristine Bonnevie Lectures 2017 1 september

Welcome to the Kristine Bonnevie lectures! Open for all!

"Milestones in the story of us – why and when did we come to be?” by MEAVE LEAKEY. Leakey is a British paleoanthropologist, currently working at the University of Stony Brook in New York and as director of Plio-Pleistocene research for the Turkana Basin Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.


"Getting beyond a blind date with science" by ALAN ALDA. Alda is an Emmy Award-winning actor; director, screenwriter and author. He is also the founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, New York.

Day: Friday 1 September 2017

Time: 10:15-12:00

Venue: Aud. 1, Helga Engs hus, Blindern


No registration, but you can let us know on Facebook that you are going!


10.15-10.25: Opening remarks, vice-rector Per Morten Sandset.

10.25-11.10: Milestones in the story of us – why and when did we come to be? Meave Leakey, Research Professor, Stony Brook University, New York and Director, Turkana Basin Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract: The question of our own identity – “who are we and why did we evolve the skills that we have?” is a fundamental one. Over the past 50 years, research in Africa, and in particular in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, has led to many advances in our understanding of our past. We can now identify key milestones in our evolutionary history, and when and why these occurred, making an intriguing story. Much of this story has been filled out through discoveries in the Turkana Basin northern Kenya, where Meave Leakey has carried out field research annually since 1969. The history of this research, the excitement and the challenges is the subject of her talk.

11.10-11.40: Getting beyond a blind date with science. Alan Alda, Chief Executive Officer at Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University, New York.

Abstract: The public’s relationship with science is all too much like that of someone on a blind date. "Can this person be trusted? Is there a hidden agenda?” Worse, in some areas, science is actually under attack. The question is how to move past this wariness, fear and mistrust to a comfortable, beneficial relationship with science. This kind of relationship is essential for science to be supported by the public, by funders and by policy makers. In addition, more and more breakthroughs are occurring through collaboration between scientists in diverse fields. It seems clear that collaboration and teamwork improve as communication improves. In his talk, Alda will outline some innovative methods that have been used to train over 8,000 scientists and medical professionals over the past eight years.

11.40-12.00: Debate and closing remarks by Nils Chr. Stenseth, Chair of CEES

Organised by Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Dept. of Biosciences, UiO ( <> ). This event is part of the University's annual celebration.