Renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall is heading to Australia for a lecture and conversation series in May 2019, with stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Goodall is best known for her almost 60-year study of chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Beginning in 1960, her work with the Kasakela chimpanzee community documented the familial and social interactions of the group and in the process drew comparisons to human behaviour. Goodall suggested the gestures she witnessed the chimpanzees performing – such as hugs, kisses, pats on the back and tickling – were evidence humans shared similarities with primates that go beyond genetics. Her early research also challenged the ideas humans were the only primates to use tools and chimpanzees were vegetarian – both of which were longstanding beliefs at the time.
Alongside her work with chimpanzees, Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. The organisation now has 19 offices around the world and works to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Goodall now dedicates the majority of her time to advocating for improved animal conservation.
Goodall’s speaking tour will involve a 40-minute lecture followed by a 40-minute conversation with the evening’s host.
May 8, 2019 – Darling Harbour Theatre, Sydney
May 11, 2019 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Warf
May 14, 2019 – Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide