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University of South Australia awards Honorary Doctorate to Dame Jane Goodall during visit


FAMED primatologist Jane Goodall will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia during her visit to Adelaide this weekend.

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The award, recognising her enormous contribution to science, primatology and conservation, will be presented by UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd at a public lecture hosted by Zoos SA.

The event will take place on Saturday June 7 between 10am and 12.30pm as part of her 80th birthday speaking tour.

Prof Lloyd says Dr Jane Goodall is one of the most inspirational figures of our times.

“From her earliest years she has been drawn to animals and a quest to understand more about the way they live and the connections between people and animals – what makes us the same and sets us apart,” Prof Lloyd says.

In her 80th year Dr Goodall still travels an average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

She has been acknowledged globally for her work receiving the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, the UNESCO Gold Medal Award, the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002 she was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and the following year was invested as a Dame of the British Empire.

“It is a great privilege to add our award to the global recognition Dr Goodall has received and in conferring this honorary doctorate acknowledge a person who has changed the way we think, who has in her own way challenged traditional academic knowledge and practice, and continues to encourages us to change the way we act in the world,” Prof Lloyd says.

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