Every year the Reinwardt Academy organizes the Reinwardt Lecture. These lectures are given by thinkers, practitioners and innovators from the Netherlands and abroad who are making significant contributions to the way we think about heritage and heritage institutions. In the past years these have included Linda Malherbe, Salvador Muñoz-Viñas, Margriet Schavemaker, Marcos Buser, Kavita Singh, and Birgit Donker.
Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt (1773-1854) was a well-respected Prussian-Dutch scientist, professor and director of various botanical gardens. During his stay in the former Dutch East Indies he assembled sizeable collections which eventually found their ways to numerous museums in the Netherlands. The academy was named for him because he was everything a museologist should be. He assembled and documented collections systematically and with broad interest, and he advised others and facilitated their research.