The British primatologist Jane Goodall has made significant scientific contributions based on the study of the behavior of chimpanzees in the wild that have revolutionized the way we think about ourselves. It is also a campaigner for the protection of the environment, education and the promotion of peace and sustainability in the world. The University of Alicante named her Doctor Honoris Causa on May 11, 2009 (http://web.ua.es/es/protocolo/eventos/honoris/goodall-jane-2009/doctora-honoris-causa-jane-goodall.html) joining the more than 30 universities that he has been awarded this recognition around the world.
Jane Goodal founded the Institute that bears his name in 1977, and the "Instituto Jane Goodall Spain" was created in October 2006, as part of the network of delegations of the parent Institute around the world. The "Instituto Jane Goodall Spain" and the University of Alicante signed an agreement framework of collaboration in September 2009 and a specific agreement for the creation of the AU chair Jane Goodall was signed in June 2010.
The new Chair was presented to the media on September 21, 2010 (http://www.ua.es/es/servicios/comunicacion/notas/10092102.html ) in a ceremony presided by the Chancellor of the University of Alicante, Ignacio Jiménez Raneda, and the territorial President of Caja Mediterráneo, Armando Sala, with the intervention of the director of the Instituto Jane Goodall Spain, Federico Bogdanowicz, and in which the director of the Chair, Germán López Iborra, presented the program of activities that began its journey.