School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

The UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Role of Chemistry


Prof Thisbe K. Lindhorst


Erskine Visitor with UC’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences from the Department of Organic Chemistry, Kiel University

Time & Place

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:00:00 NZDT in Room 701, West

All are welcome


On September 2015, the UN Summit in New York adopted the 2013 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda’s 17 goals are designed to help all people around the world live in dignity. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it’s important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.


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Thisbe Lindhorst is full professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science of Christiana Albertina University of Kiel since 2000. She studied chemistry at the Universities of München and Münster, received her diploma in chemistry/biochemistry in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1991 at the University of Hamburg (with Prof. J. Thiem). After a postdoctoral stay at the University of British Columbia (with Prof. S. G. Withers) she worked on her habilitation and became Private Docent in 1998 at the University of Hamburg. In 1997 she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada (Prof. R. Roy) and in 2014 and 2015 Visiting Professor at the University of Orléans in France. In summer 2019 she stays at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ, as an Erskine Fellow. Since 2000 she holds a chair in Organic and Biological Chemistry in Kiel. Her scientific interests are in the field of synthetic organic chemistry and in biological chemistry, especially in glycochemistry and glycobiology. Current research is focussed on the study of glycosylated surfaces and control of cell adhesion. She is the author of over 150 publications and of the text book “Essentials in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry” amongst others. Her activities and professional responsibilities comprise of several positions in advisory and editorial boards. She has been an elected member of the DFG Forschungsforum through 8 years (2008-2016) and in 2016 and 2017, Thisbe Lindhorst served as elected president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). Thisbe has two grown-up children.