Innovation in Conservation – Fundamental science as a basis for sustainable conservation

What do you do when you are an established ecological organization who organizes a symposium and you want to reach more students? Collaborate with the Future For Nature Academy! Together with NERN, the Future For Nature Academy organized the symposium “Innovation in Conservation – Fundamental science as a basis for sustainable conservation” in Lunteren on the 29th of November 2017. A unique chance for FFN Academy members and followers to get an insight in Ecology & Conservation research! The FFN Academy enhanced promotion by creating quote posters to introduce the speakers in the week before the event and shared it with our network. The symposium was a big success, over a 120 people were present. Most of them were students, eager to learn more about the work of the seven guest speakers. The speakers came from different disciplines and the day was hosted by the executive director of IUCN-NL Dr. Coenraad Krijger. It was a great day with lots of interesting discussions and ample network opportunities for FFN Academy members among researchers and NGO’s such as WWF and IUCN. For the Future For Nature Academy it was an extra surprise when we were given the opportunity to interview two of the international speakers. Videos of these interviews will follow soon!

Thank you all for being there!

List of speakers and their topic:

Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul – Ecological Theory and Conservation Practice

Dr Robert Kraus – Whole genome sequencing: Panacea for Conservation?

Dr. Frank van Langevelde – Preventing wildlife crime with progress in ecology and technology

Ir. Bart Geenen – Evolution in governance of conservation

Prof. Eric Higgs – Innovations in restoration ecology: Fortress Restoration, or a flexible, adaptable approach?

Dr. Marijke van Kuijk – Meta-analysis as a tool for revealing overarching patterns

Prof. Bram Büscher – Towards convivial conservation: radical ideas for saving nature in the Anthropocene

By Pauline Buffing