Ernst Mayr Lecture

The Ernst Mayr Lecture is devoted to the life sciences and was created in 1997 by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in tandem with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). The lecture series was named after the honorary member of the BBAW, evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr (1904-2005), who inaugurated the eponymous series in the fall of 1997. Consistent with the title of its namesake’s chief work – "The Growth of Biological Thought" – the Ernst Mayr Lecture is designed to transmit current biological views. 


  • 2001
    Lewis Wolpert (Biology, University College London)
    Biology of Belief
    Introduction (Rüdiger Wehner)
  • 2000
    Charles Weissmann (Molekularbiologie, Universität Zürich)
    Krebs – Evolution des Bösen
  • 1999
    Michael F. Land (Neurobiology, University of Sussex)
    The Evolution of Eyes
  • 1998
    Jared Diamond (Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Geography, UC Los Angeles)
    Arm und Reich
  • 1997
    Ernst Mayr (Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University)
    Philosophie der Biologie

The lectures are published in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities's yearbook "Berichte und Abhandlungen".