The Hidden Universe: Adventures in Biodiversity

In Conversation with Alexandre Antonelli

Julia Knights


Julia Knights

is the

Ecology & Conservation Editor for Panorama.

A soil and climate scientist, Julia has over 20 years experience in ecology, climate change, sustainable agriculture and conservation as a writer, policy maker, diplomat, and in public engagement. Previously Julia spent 12 years working in China, Russia, and Latin America overseeing major research funding programmes including for UK-Brazil research for new plant species in the Amazon rainforest. Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the Royal Society’s Committee on Public Engagement.

Alexandre Antonelli

is a

Guest Contributor for Panorama.

Prof Alexandre Antonelli is the Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK, where his goal is to strengthen and further develop Kew as a global centre of excellence in plant and fungal knowledge and to promote evidence-based solutions to major challenges. A botanist by training, he is a professor of Biodiversity at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, a visiting professor at the University of Oxford, founder of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, co-founder and president of the Antonelli Foundations for Biodiversity Research and Conservation, and one of the world's most cited scientists. Alexandre's research to date has encompassed the study of the formation, extinction, and migration of species, identifying the roles of abiotic (e.g. climate, landscape) and biotic (e.g. competition, adaptation) drivers of biodiversity change through space and time. He is also engaged in interactions with society and scientists across disciplines, with the main goal of increasing the knowledge, awareness and protection of biological diversity around the world. In 2022 he was awarded the Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research.