Each year, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle organizes its Gala Dinner, called “Biodiversité en danger” (Biodiversity in Danger), in order to raise funds to support the work of its scientists to better understand and protect biodiversity. By gathering personalities, foundations, companies and individual donors committed to the future of the planet, this philanthropic event also aims to raise awareness about the increasing threats to nature.
“Biodiversité en danger” Gala Dinner – 2021 Edition
Due to the health crisis, the 3rd edition of the “Biodiversité en danger” Gala Dinner was postponed in November 2021 at the Musée de l’Homme. Hosted by journalist Chloé Nabédian, this event was an opportunity for the 240 guests to enjoy a meal designed by Chef Guillaume Gomez, former chef of the kitchens of the Palais de l’Élysée and ambassador of French Gastronomy, and to enjoy exceptional musical moments performed by cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton.
The funds raised during this philanthropic dinner were allocated to the Muséum’s research on the theme “Environment and adaptation” in order to better understand how species adapt to environmental changes. Muséum’ scientific studies will focus on the territory of Madagascar were endemic wildlife has exceptional matching characteristics.
“Biodiversité en danger” Gala Dinner – 2019 Edition
In 2019, the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Great Gallery of Evolution) welcomed 200 guests for the 2nd “Biodiversité en danger” Gala Dinner organized by the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. During this philanthropic event, several personalities were committed alongside with the Muséum, including journalist Sophie Davant who animated the evening. The Michelin-starred Chef Julien Dumas, accompanied by the crew of Les Cuisiniers de la Mer and the Ethic Ocean association, designed a menu around sustainable and seasonal seafood. The cellist Gautier Capuçon and the pianist Samuel Parent performed two musical moments. To close the evening, the auction house Artcurial gracefully hosted an auction sale.
The funds raised were allocated to the Research Program “Fonds marins” (Seabed), which combines two scientific expeditions in order to inventory marine biodiversity in the deep seabed of southern Papua New Guinea and in the coral reefs of a protected marine area in New Caledonia.
“Biodiversité en danger” Gala Dinner – 2018 Edition
Organized in partnership with the Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, and hosted by journalist Mathieu Vidard, the first edition of the Gala Dinner took place in 2018 in the majestic setting of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Great Gallery of Evolution) on the site of the Jardin des Plantes. The chefs of the Table de Cana, who promote social and solidarity economy, designed the menu. To close the evening, the auction house Aguttes gracefully hosted an auction sale.
The funds raised were allocated to the Research Program “Grands Singes” (Great Apes), aiming to preserve these primate populations through actions carried out by Muséum’s researchers in Uganda. The Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes also benefited from these donations, allowing the launch of a major project to renovate and extend the current orangutan enclosure.