Rewilding symposium

How does rewilding contribute to ecosystem restoration, how does it match European and national laws and policies, how to include people and how to communicate rewilding science? During this event, rewilding scientists and experts will address these questions by taking a multi-disciplinary perspective. With a mix of presentations, imagery, an on-site exhibition and the formal inauguration of Europe's first chair in Rewilding Ecology, the event will be packed with inspiration for scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and people interested in the field of rewilding.

Organised by Rewilding Europe, Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology

Thu 29 September 2022 09:00 to 18:00

Venue Omnia Auditorium (Wageningen campus) as well as online


For more information about the programme and the speakers, visit the Rewilding Europe website or read the brochure.

10:00-10:05 Opening - Liesbeth Bakker

10:05-10:30 A fascination for nature - Ruben Smit

10:30-11:00 Restoration, rewilding and the search for common ground - Eric Higgs

11:00-11:30 Coffee & Tea break

11:30-12:00 Megafauna restoration as obligation: rewilding law and policy to rehabilitate Europe's large mammals - Arie Trouwborst

12:00-12:30 Rewilding opportunities under the EU Nature Restoration Law - Sofie Ruysschaert

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-13:50 Rewilding landscapes in Europe – a people’s perspective - Frans Schepers

13:50-14:05 Short movie Zimbrul: Re-introduction of European bison in the Southern Carpathians

14:05-14:30 On the European bison's rewilding hooves: how to visualize it? - Lisa Sánchez Aguilar

14:30-15:00 The nature and necessity of human rewilding - Koen Arts

15:00-16:00 Coffee & Tea break

16:00-17:00 Inaugural lecture Rewilding Ecology Liesbeth Bakker: The ecology of rewilding landscapes