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Conservation Optimism Summit
20 - 22 April
London, UK
The Conservation Optimism Summit, a joint initiative of the University of Oxford, ZSL, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), will celebrate progress in conservation and how it has benefited peoples lives. The summit aims to reframe the conservation movement, in which progress is often overshadowed by negativity. The summit will seek to inspire budding and perennial conservationists to continue their important work and to help us all learn from conservation success stories moving forward.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative: EarthOptimism
22 April 2017
Cambridge

Given the crisis facing nature, it is all too easy to give up hope. Yet, around the globe we are winning the fight to protect the natural world. Deforestation is slowing down. Wetlands are being rebuilt. Numbers of some of our rarest creatures are on the rise. People are making this change happen. Stand with us on Earth Day 2017 to celebrate what is working and why. Discover how every one of us can become more involved in winning the fight – come to #EarthOptimism Cambridge.
The day will be filled with inspiring talks by leading conservationists, popular naturalists, and celebrity figures. We will find out what is happening in the Cambridgeshire countryside and in pioneering British schools, and we will journey from the Amazon to Madagascar’s mangroves. Our experts will explain how people are bringing critically endangered species back from the brink, restoring forests and removing waste from our oceans.

Wild fish of Wales: Threats and opportunities
24 April
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

This seminar is an opportunity for all those involved in managing and maintaining the health of freshwaters including charities, statutory bodies, river keepers and fisherman to come together to debate the future direction and management of our freshwater habitats in Wales, particularly the challenges facing sustainable land management.

Workshop on Ecology and the National Climate Change Adaptation Programme
4 May
Charles Darwin House, London

This meeting is organised in partnership between the British Ecological Society, Defra, Natural England and the RSPB with the following aims:

  • To review recent developments in the science of climate change impacts and adaptation and emerging understanding from practical experience
  • To draw together key messages from science and practice to inform adaptation priorities in the UK, as a contribution towards NAP2
  • To promote knowledge exchange between scientists, policy makers and practitioners

Wildlife of the West African Savannah: unfamiliar and under threat
9 May
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

The savannah of West Africa extends from the Atlantic coast eastwards across to Chad, bounded by the Sahel to the north, and merging into the forests of upper Guinea, the Cameroon highlands and Congo basin in the South.

Historically this region was renowned for its wildlife and teemed with large fauna that is more typically associated with East and Southern Africa. Significant populations of African elephant, West African giraffe, West African lion, North West African cheetah, African wild dog and ungulates were once found across this region.

Today, the wildlife of West Africa is restricted to isolated pockets that face massive ongoing pressures leading to the threat of extinction. African elephant numbers are in the low thousands and the West African lion population, genetically closer to the Asian lion than lions in East and South Africa, now numbers less than 500. African wild dogs are thought to be confined to a few individuals in one protected area in Senegal.

This meeting will celebrate the amazing biodiversity of the savannah systems of West Africa, still relatively unknown in the anglophone world. It will discuss the ecological history of the region, the threats being faced, and the work under way to conserve it.

Engaging with Parliament and responding to inquiries: a BES/ZSL workshop
26 May
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

This one day event, aimed principally at established scientists (post-doctoral and above), will review key knowledge and processes involved in engaging with Parliament and responding to Select Committee inquiries relevant to ecology, conservation and environmental management. The day will be structured around a series of talks and tasks, designed to promote active learning experiences and maximise individual networking opportunities for all. Topics to be discussed include the structure and function of Parliament, introduction to Select Committees, the nature and purpose of parliamentary inquiries, as well as practical tips for producing written and oral submissions.

An epidemiologist's life on the edge (of the science-policy interface)
7 June
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

Ebola, MERS, pandemic influenza, SARS and Zika have all posed serious threats to our health and economic wellbeing in recent years. In each of these cases, statistical (and more broadly mathematical) epidemiologists contributed to top-level policy discussions of diseases control policy development, implementation and contingency planning. The methods build upon foundations of epidemiological modelling and analysis of both human and animal diseases (HIV/AIDS, BSE, vCJD, bovine TB and foot-and-mouth disease, among others). The potential impact of such analyses is enormous, but it can be challenging to provide robust answers to key scientific and policy questions. In the midst of an epidemic response effort, it really does feel like living on the edge.

The State of the Thames
11 July
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

Estuaries are one of the world’s most productive ecosystems but their biological value is often over looked. Due to their complexity, they remain poorly understood and are rarely recognised for their importance for wildlife. The historical dependency of man on estuaries has largely resulted in them becoming environmentally impoverished. The Thames, however, is seen as a global success story of a recovering urban estuary. Find out more about how far the Thames has come since being declared ‘biologically dead’ in 1958 and learn about some of the species that live in the estuary and how they use it.

SAHFOS 4th International Marine Phytoplankton Workshop
3 - 14 July
Plymouth

The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is delighted to announce they will be running this popular workshop again from 3rd July - 14th July 2017 in Plymouth, UK. This is an introductory workshop aimed at all those working in the marine phytoplankton field. Classification and taxonomy of the major marine microalgal groups will be covered in this interactive workshop. Practical elements using a variety of methodologies and techniques will cover sampling, settling and slide preparation, cell counting, isolation, microscopy and culturing. A team of specially selected international experts will deliver the programme through a combination of seminars and hands-on practical sessions.
In order to keep a small and focused workshop, places are limited to 20. The costs of the workshop are £1,750 per participant and this includes the course fee, including tuition and all materials, accommodation for the complete period, an icebreaker event, breakfast and lunch on weekdays, a social event and two course dinners. The fee does not include travel arrangements, visa requirements and other meals. Successful participants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 by 31st March 2017 to secure their place on this popular course.

Unknown Wales Conference 2017
28 October
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

The 2017 Unknown Wales Conference, run in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales, will celebrate the unknown aspects of Welsh wildlife.