We are celebrating 10 years of the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management with an all-day reunion event in Oxford on Friday 4 October 2013. There will be plenty of time for catching up on each other's movements as well as for discussing the current and future issues of conservation, and how BCM and its alumni all over the world can continue to contribute to it. Last but not least, we also want to enjoy being back together in Oxford again, spending time among friends, old and new.
Change of venue!
We had hoped to be able to welcome you back to the School on South Parks Road, but due to the delayed building works we have got to branch out for the workshop day. Luckily, we found a very grand room at our dinner venue LMH, so we will spend the day together in Talbot Hall.
|9.30||Begin "Check-in" at Lady Margaret Hall (Talbot Hall)|
Tea & coffee, meet & mingle
|10.30||Welcome and scene-setting:|
The past and present course and academic directors will share their reflections on 10 years of BCM from genesis to the future!
|11.00||Introductions & catch-up:|
a series of facilitated activities to help you get to know BCMers from different years.
|12.00||World Café Set-up:|
Agreeing topics for the afternoon discussions.
|14.00||World Café Discussions:|
The six course leaders will each chair a discussion on a key theme or concept in contemporary biodiversity science and management.
|15.45||World Café Presentations and Conclusions|
|16.15||Networking Open Space|
|19.00||BCM 10th Anniversary Dinner at Lady Margaret Hall (Deneke Dining Hall)|
and vote on "BCM's species mascot for 2014"
|21.30||BCM 10th Anniversary Party at Green Templeton College|
Booking is now closed.
Start re-connecting and getting to know each other before October and participate in our 10th anniversary initiatives:
The BCM Atlas of Action
As Geographers we shouldn't let a 10th anniversary pass without an effort to map our collective engagements over the years in biodiversity research, policy and management.
Where have BCMers gone on to study and conserve biodiversity? Have we got all countries and ecoregions covered and what have we been doing where? Let's map it and watch our BCM Atlas of Action appear.
Please complete this short form to locate where in the world you worked on
Biodiversity (or whatever else you went on to do).
Joining the dots
Are you hooked by one particular dot? Would you like to know who has worked there and what the project was he or she worked on?
Just post in the Oxford MSc BCM Facebook group and try to find out!
The BCM Mix
Sounds - whether field recordings, environmental soundscapes, songs or stories - are rich descriptors of the environments in which we live, providing inspiration and information about the natural world.
We collected and collated a selection of sounds which have inspired or motivated your outlook, thinking and work on the environment, and Rob St John (Class 2010/11, musician and writer) has edited your submissions together into an online mix hosted on MixCloud, allowing us all to hear, share and discuss the sounds which have shaped and inspired our relationship with the natural world.
Do share your thoughts, and claim back "your" tracks using the comment field on the web version! (Just click through via the headline "Sounds of the BCM 10th Anniversary" in the widget below).
The BCM Mascot
We would like to take the opportunity of our 10th anniversary to find a species mascot for BCM. This idea was inspired by the popularity of the recent vote for the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society . We would like you to propose and promote a BCM species mascot on the Facebook page (Panda is vetoed!). (If you're not on Facebook send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll post on your behalf). We will identify a candidate list of 4-6 species and nominate someone to champion each of these at the dinner. For expediency only those at the dinner will be allowed to vote, but lobbying is of course allowed and encouraged!
"Wish I were here!"
If you can't make it to Oxford on 4 October, there is yet another way (on top of the BCM Atlas and the BCM Mix) how you can be part of the event. Just write us a "Wish I were here" message using this template and send it to email@example.com as soon as possible! We will display all messages that reach us before 5pm on the 3rd of October on a big board for everybody to read and enjoy on the day, and will also make it available online!
Take the lead on compiling other collections:
- course photos of BCMers
- interesting readings
- people and projects that have inspired our work
Just let us know and we will include your "project" on this web page.
The BCM LinkedIn Group
LinkedIn is a great way to explore the BCM alumni community, share CVs and initiate discussions ahead of the event.
Please join our closed University of Oxford, MSc Biodiversity Conservation and Management Group and help to grow our online network.
A special contribution
Thanks to Emma Burnett (2009-10) fresh, local, organic produce will feature in the BCM Anniversary Reunion Dinner! A co-founder of Cultivate, a co-operative social enterprise which grows, sells and promotes people-powered food in and around Oxford, this is her way to put her BCM interests into action and help improve the local food-system and community engagement.