Darwin & Drinks

Lecture series by Norbert Peeters, botanical philosopher

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Would you like to know more about the plant world? Then come join us at Darwin & Drinks, a special series of lectures by botanical philosopher Norbert Peeters at the Greennest Gallery in the Botanic Gardens Utrecht.

 While enjoying a drink, let Norbert take you on a breathless journey to the plant world of Darwin with his rich storytelling.  You will learn more about the role of insects in flower pollination, the fertilization of orchids, and the eating habits of carnivorous plants.  By the end of the lecture, you will most certainly be enthusiastic about the plant kingdom as Darwin himself!


Thursday 21st March | Greennest Gallery
Introductie Darwin & Drinks op herhaling (in Dutch!)
19.00 walk in | 19.30 uur lecture | 20.30 uur drinks
Free admission (but please sign up)


Thursday 28th March | Greennest Gallery
Introduction Darwin & Drinks (in English)
19.00 walk in | 19.30 uur lecture | 20.30 uur drinks
Free admission (but please sign up)


Thursday 25th April | Greennest Gallery
Flowers & pollinators
19.00 walk in | 19.30 uur lecture | 20.30 uur drinks
Ticket: € 11,00 p.p. | students: € 8,50 p.p.


Thursday 8th May | Greennest Gallery
Seeds
19.00 walk in | 19.30 uur lecture | 20.30 uur drinks
Ticket: € 11,00 p.p. | students: € 8,50 p.p.


Thursday 27th June | Greennest Gallery
Plant intelligence
19.00 walk in | 19.30 uur lecture | 20.30 uur drinks
Ticket: € 11,00 p.p. | students: € 8,50 p.p.


Background

We often associate the name Charles Darwin with his journey with the HMS Beagle, his stay in the Galapagos Islands, and his publication of On the Origin of Species (1859), in which he explains his theory of evolution. But did you know that Darwin is also a pioneering botanist? Indeed, with publications of various books and dozens of articles about plants, Darwin has brought on a real landslide in botany.

About Norbert Peeters

‘I am not a botanist. I do not stay in research laboratories, I do not hug trees and I do not own a botanical drum with a magnifying glass and a scoop.’ This is how Norbert Peeters describes himself on his website botanischefilosofie.nl.

Norbert's interest in plants arose from the philosophy lectures of professor Th.C.W. Oudemans at Leiden University. "In his lectures, man fell off his pedestal. Man turned out not to be a crown on creation because he is equipped with rationality, language, art and morality, but rather just a cousin of the chimpanzee and a distant cousin of the amoeba." Professor Oudemans ánd Charles Darwin's findings about the plant kingdom taught Norbert to look at plants in a different way, which eventually led to the publication of the book Plantaardig in 2014.

However, the intrigue continued to grow, and the plant peculiarities that Norbert encountered during his research for this book ultimately led him to conceptualize the plant theory of Darwin in a unique way - Botanical philosophy (2016). Norbert argues for a different view of the plant world. Rather than seeing plants anchored at the bottom ranking of living nature, we should take pleasure in knowing that plants actually use cunning techniques to multiply, send distress signals to peers and are highly tempting. It’s high time for a different look at all the greenery around us!  

Practical information

Location:
Greennest Gallery, Botanical Gardens Utrecht (Budapestlaan 17)

Reading:

This lecture series was presented previously in 2018, but due to success we are showcasing it a second time. You can follow the lectures as a series, but they can also be followed separately.

Drinks:

At the pop-up bar you order your drinks at the most friendly rates. So while enjoying a nice beer or another (mixed) drink, you can learn new insights and enjoy great company. Of course, non-alcoholic snacks such as juices and lemonades are also provided. At 10 p.m. the drink ends and wisdom begins.

Access to the Greenest Gallery at the Botanical Gardens:

You can find the Greennest Gallery in one of the tropical greenhouses of the Botanical Gardens, which is a five-minute walk from the entrance if you follow the signs ‘Tropische kassen’. The reception is closed at the time of the lecture, but from 18.55 you can enter through the gate next to the reception.