Koos Biesmeijer

Scientific director Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Nature is my passion and that is why my work never feels like work. In order for non-biologists to understand the relationship between nature and human activities, it makes sense to view nature as our natural capital. It provides ecosystem services that have great economic value. But biodiversity is also decisive for our survival: for food supply, medicines and a healthy environment.

Knowledge of nature is therefore essential for our future. Biodiversity is beautiful and fascinating, but thanks to millions of years of evolution it is also a treasure chest full of smart solutions, valuable processes and innovative chemistry. I consider it an important task to make our knowledge of these treasures come to the benefit of society.