A day to think about shaping the future of our profession and passion

11am - 6pm, Thursday 26 January 2017
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, UK

Aims of the day

These are simple, the purpose of the day is to:

  1. bring together cohorts studying conservation Masters courses to generate a greater sense of collective identity and empowerment;
  2. explore the ideas and drivers that suggest a transformation in the science, policy and practice of conservation; and
  3. facilitate and encourage 'new generation' conservationists to voice and reflect upon the values, issues and practices which they would like to see at the centre of conservation 20-years hence.

Preparation for the day

Information forthcoming.


11am - 11.40am

Welcome: Linnaean Society

11.40am - 1pm
Session 1

Conservation past, present and future

This session will comprise 4x 15 minute presentations on big themes by established conservation thinkers. The aim is to help position the present so we can think ahead.

Session Chair: Dr Andrew Knight

From where can you make a difference and how?

Sir Graham Wynne will talk about how the organisational landscape of conservation has changed over time and likely directions of travel.

The ecological basis of conservation

TBC will discuss attributes of nature that have shaped conservation science and institutions and identify new attributes that are gaining profile in conservation science and that may transform or unsettle future policy and practice.

Technology-empowered conservation

Dr Paul Jepson will take stock of the influence of new technological forces on conservation science and practice and outline a vision for how these could be harnessed to empower and widen the conservation movement.

The changing face of the conservation movement

Ruth Davies will consider how the human make-up of the conservation profession has changed over time and identity and discuss trends for the future.

Q & A
Meeting Room
1pm - 2pm
Lunch break

Participants will forage for themselves in the many cafes and sandwich shops nearby. This is because the Linnaean Society lacks the space to host lunch and set up for the afternoon.

2pm - 3.30pm
Workshop Session

Our conservation, our future

In this session participants will to reflect on two themes: 1) what values and ethics they want to work to uphold and promote in their future conservation careers and society more generally; and 2) what key issues and/or agendas they want to address and take forward.

Participants will be organised into cross-course groups of eight and asked to debate these themes (above) and formulate key points to report back to the assembled company.

Prior to the day each course will nominate 2 rapporteurs who will prepare statements/positions on the two questions for presentation in the evening session. These will be based on a) their own thinking and prior discussion with course mates and b) the views discussed and represented in this workshop.

3.30pm - 3.45pm
Comfort break
3.45pm - 5.45pm
Session 3 Panel Discussion

Conservation 2037: Empowering Future Conservationists

Session Chair: Dr Paul Jepson

A panel of four conservation CEOs will first briefly outline their vision for Conservation in 2037. Each of the student rapporteurs will then present the conservation issues, agendas and/or visions they want to uphold, shape and/or work for. The audience will be invited to amplify these points leading to a discussion with the panel on things they can, or are willing to, do to support the conservation visions and aspirations of the assembled company.

  • Patricia Zurita, CEO BirdLife International (ex CEP)
  • Debbie Tann, CEO Hampshire Wildlife Trust (ex UCL MSc)
  • Craig Bennett, CEO Friends of the Earth
  • TBC
Meeting Room

Participating Courses