Biodiversity Tue, 6th December 2022, 8:00 pm Species extinction, climate change, pandemics Josef Settele Geist Heidelberg, Lecture How are species extinction and ecosystem destruction related to the current pandemic and the increasing likelihood of future pandemics? What are the systemic as well as human causes of Covid-19 and how can we counteract them? And is international transformative change essential for a sustainable future, or can we be effective on a small scale? Josef Settele reveals the complex interrelationships and actors in the partnership of humans and nature, focusing at the same time on ecological and economic aspects and explaining how biodiversity can be an insurance policy for our future. The environmental researcher and agricultural biologist Prof. Dr. Josef Settele works at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ) and has been dedicated to researching and maintaining biodiversity for decades. He has been a member of the German government’s Expert Council on the Environment since 2020 and was Vice President of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES) until 2019. In the context of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg Hint The event will be postponed to Wednesday, February 1, 2023, as Josef Settele will be sent to the World Conference on Nature in Montreal on the originally scheduled date in his capacity as the German government's "Environmental Advisor."