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Department of Zoology


This year’s Student Conference on Conservation Science has been another wonderful event that has brought together conservation students and practitioners from around the world.  This year, for the very first time, the conference welcomed students from Saudi Arabia, putting the total up to 64 nations who have attended the conference over the years.

As usual, the conference covered a range of issues currently facing conservation scientists and organisations. Students provided papers for sessions on "Applying new technologies", "Signs of success" "Lessons from Listening" to name a few.  Inspirational plenary lectures were given by a number of leading practitioners including Paula Kahumu (WildlifeDirect, Kenya) on "Rethinking the future of Africa's wildlife"; Rahsid Sumaila (University of British Colombia, Canada) on "The conservation and fair sharing of ocean fishery resources: contributions from fisheries economics"

The conference also had more student posters than ever before – over 100.  The posters even inspired one of our PhD students to write some haikus.  

The conference drew to a close with the award of prizes and the announcement that next year would see the conference celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  The conference organisers are already busy making special arrangements for that conference so so keep an eye on the website: over the next few months to find out what is happening.