Conferences

In 2012, we held our first Rufford Small Grants conference in Nepal. Due to the success of this the trustees felt that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. Very often researchers work in isolation and these conferences provide a forum to discuss ideas, problems, issues and create invaluable networking opportunities.

Generally they are 2 or 3 days long. Each recipient talks about their project and then takes questions from their fellow RSG recipients. The chair person leads a debate and it is hoped that solutions to key conservation issues are addressed. In some instances Government ministers attend so that a link between the 'field' and the 'decision makers' can be built. The chair person is generally the organiser of the conference for that particular country.

To make these worthwhile we need a minimum of 20 previous grants recipients, with at least one of these who is able to organise the event. This entails finding a venue, liaising with grantees, providing an agenda and a report, arranging accommodation and food and generally overseeing the smooth running.

In the future, we are looking to hold small, in country conferences with past recipients (particularly in Ukraine (Kiev), Uruguay, Cambodia, Russia, Botswana, Philippines, Serbia, Costa Rica and Ecuador).

If you would like to organise one please contact: josh@rufford.org

In this section you can read the report from the previous conferences written by the organiser’s themselves.

Conference Reports

Grant Recipients Conference, Tanzania 2017

Date: 15 -16 February 2017
Venue: African Flower Hotel, Kilimanjaro

The Rufford Foundation Small Grants (RSG) Conference for grant recipients in Tanzania was co-organized by RSG and Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania as a local host. Participating organizers are; Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania National Parks and University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The conference was held from 15-16th February 2017 in Kilimanjaro Tanzania. The conference was organized in the time when Tanzania biodiversity resources are at high risk of extinction caused by environmental pollution, habitat degradation, introduction of species and climate change. The sustainability of these resources requires proper management strategies. In view of supporting biodiversity conservation, the Rufford Foundation has funded 71 biodiversity conservation projects in Tanzania. The projects outputs have been reported to the Foundation as per contract and foundation guidelines. However, in the view of supporting sustainable biodiversity conservation through management oriented researches, it has been noted that, the information gathered through this funding is scattered and likely unavailable to biodiversity management authorities in Tanzania. Thus the need to gather, share and disseminate these findings for biodiversity management is of great concern. Therefore, this conference was geared towards knowledge sharing and dissemination of information to the wider and broader stakeholders. The forum will provide a room for exchange of knowledge and experiences on the management of biodiversity in Tanzania, noting that the nations biodiversity contribute significantly to socio-economic development.

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Grant Recipients Conference, Brazil 2017

Date: 30, 31 January - 1 February 2017
Venue: Recife, Pernambuco

The first Rufford Conference in Brazil was an amazing opportunity to share information and integrate all the projects supported by RSG. The conference was held in Recife, Pernambuco State during 30, 31 of January and 01 de February 2017. The main aims were completely achieve with a total of 30 lectures and more than 20 Rufford grants from Brazil. Most important proposed and achieved aims were: * Exchange knowledge, ideas, and experience in doing research * Discuss about current research issues/challenges; * Create invaluable networking opportunities; and * Increase communication and information between Rufford Foundation and its grant recipients.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Sri Lanka 2016

Date: 14 - 16 November 2016
Venue: Oak Ray Regency, Kandy

The Rufford in-country conference - Sri Lanka under the theme of “Let’s Protect Sri Lankan Biodiversity” was held between November 14th to November 16th at Oak Ray Regency, Deveni Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka. This is the first Rufford in-country conference held in Sri Lanka to share the project experience of Rufford grantees among them and also make known to general public. Apart from the grantees some non- grantees also invited to present their reports on research and conservation works. Altogether, 65 participants attended the conference including Mr. Josh Cole, grant director of the Rufford Foundation and several presenters from three south Asian countries (Bangladesh, India and Maldives; one from each country - see Annex 1 in PDF document for full list of participants).

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Ghana 2016

Date: 29 - 30 October 2016
Venue: Erata Hotel, Accra

With all the success stories of the small grants it was felt by the Rufford Small Grants Trustees that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. Very often researchers work in isolation but these conferences provide a forum to discuss ideas, problems, solutions, issues at hand and create invaluable networking opportunities. It is in that respect, the Rufford Small Grants funded the Regional Conference of the Grantees of the Rufford Small Grants in Ghana. The Rufford Conference in Ghana took place at the Erata Hotel in Accra, the Capital City of Ghana, from 29th to 30th October 2016. This conference aimed at enhancing the direct communication and partnership between the regional RSG recipients by providing a forum for them to discuss ideas and issues; share the best practices and promote the regional RSG Partnership (network). This two-day conference brought together 40 Rufford Small Grants Recipients from 6 different west-African and east-African countries, for a weekend of relationship building and mutual learning. 21 RSG recipients came from Ghana, 8 from Benin, 5 from Nigeria, 3 from Cote d’Ivoire, 2 from Rwanda, and 1 from Togo. This conference was officially launched by Mr. Japhet Roberts from Ghana Wildlife Society, on behalf of Dr Erasmus Owusu the CEO of Ghana Wildlife Society.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016

Date: 21 -22 March 2016
Venue: Hotel Palace, Banja Luka

The Rufford Small Grants Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina “Nature knows no boundaries” was held on 21st – 22nd March, 2016 in Banja Luka. This is one of many RSGF conferences held all over the World with main reason to share our experience during the projects and to connect RSGF winners. The RSG Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also the first conference held in Europe. In Balkan region, including Turkey, Rufford Small Grants Foundation has supported more than 85 nature conservation projects from applicable countries. In year 2016 Banja Luka was host of seven countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Albania and Turkey) with 33 researchers participating the Rufford Small Grants Foundation conference.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Peru 2016

Date: 18-19 January 2016
Venue: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

The Rufford grantees conference in Peru was organised by Renata Leite Pitman and Miryam Quevedo. It brought together 53 attendees including grantees from the region, representatives of the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and local university professors.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Bhutan 2015

Date: October 2015
Venue: Royal University of Bhutan

The RSG Bhutan conference was held at the College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan, Lobesa from October 29 to 31, 2015. With the theme "Bringing Together Field Researchers in Bhutan" the conference was attended by 35 participants from two countries - Bhutan and Nepal.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Chile 2015

Date: May 2015
Venue: Quintay

The Rufford Small Grant Conference South America was held by Costa Humboldt and the Centro de Investigaciones Marina de Quintay (CIMARQ) of the Universidad Andres Bello sponsored by The Rufford Foundation. The coastal town of Quintay was the perfect place to host grantees from diverse countries in the continent.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, South Africa 2015

Date: April 2015
Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

The 2015 Southern African Rufford Small Grants Conference was held in Cape Town from the 16th to 17th April. The conference was kindly hosted at the South African national Biodiversity Institutes Colophon Room within the conservation wing, a building which was suitably constructed through sponsorship from the Rufford Foundation.

Read more >

Upcoming conferences

May 2017 - Turkey - Contact Okan Urker: naturader@gmail.com

October 2017 - Argentina - Contact Sofia Nanni: sofiananni@gmail.com

November 2017 - Belize - Contact Louise at Blue Ventures: louisejasper@gmail.com

November 2017 - Namibia - Contact Rachel Cooper-Bohannon: rachael@batswithoutborders.org

January 2018 - Cambodia - Contact Matt Linkie: Mlinkie@wcs.org

Conference Reports

Grant Recipients Conference, Tanzania 2017

Date: 15 -16 February 2017
Venue: African Flower Hotel, Kilimanjaro

The Rufford Foundation Small Grants (RSG) Conference for grant recipients in Tanzania was co-organized by RSG and Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania as a local host. Participating organizers are; Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania National Parks and University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The conference was held from 15-16th February 2017 in Kilimanjaro Tanzania. The conference was organized in the time when Tanzania biodiversity resources are at high risk of extinction caused by environmental pollution, habitat degradation, introduction of species and climate change. The sustainability of these resources requires proper management strategies. In view of supporting biodiversity conservation, the Rufford Foundation has funded 71 biodiversity conservation projects in Tanzania. The projects outputs have been reported to the Foundation as per contract and foundation guidelines. However, in the view of supporting sustainable biodiversity conservation through management oriented researches, it has been noted that, the information gathered through this funding is scattered and likely unavailable to biodiversity management authorities in Tanzania. Thus the need to gather, share and disseminate these findings for biodiversity management is of great concern. Therefore, this conference was geared towards knowledge sharing and dissemination of information to the wider and broader stakeholders. The forum will provide a room for exchange of knowledge and experiences on the management of biodiversity in Tanzania, noting that the nations biodiversity contribute significantly to socio-economic development.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Brazil 2017

Date: 30, 31 January - 1 February 2017
Venue: Recife, Pernambuco

The first Rufford Conference in Brazil was an amazing opportunity to share information and integrate all the projects supported by RSG. The conference was held in Recife, Pernambuco State during 30, 31 of January and 01 de February 2017. The main aims were completely achieve with a total of 30 lectures and more than 20 Rufford grants from Brazil. Most important proposed and achieved aims were: * Exchange knowledge, ideas, and experience in doing research * Discuss about current research issues/challenges; * Create invaluable networking opportunities; and * Increase communication and information between Rufford Foundation and its grant recipients.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Sri Lanka 2016

Date: 14 - 16 November 2016
Venue: Oak Ray Regency, Kandy

The Rufford in-country conference - Sri Lanka under the theme of “Let’s Protect Sri Lankan Biodiversity” was held between November 14th to November 16th at Oak Ray Regency, Deveni Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka. This is the first Rufford in-country conference held in Sri Lanka to share the project experience of Rufford grantees among them and also make known to general public. Apart from the grantees some non- grantees also invited to present their reports on research and conservation works. Altogether, 65 participants attended the conference including Mr. Josh Cole, grant director of the Rufford Foundation and several presenters from three south Asian countries (Bangladesh, India and Maldives; one from each country - see Annex 1 in PDF document for full list of participants).

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Ghana 2016

Date: 29 - 30 October 2016
Venue: Erata Hotel, Accra

With all the success stories of the small grants it was felt by the Rufford Small Grants Trustees that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. Very often researchers work in isolation but these conferences provide a forum to discuss ideas, problems, solutions, issues at hand and create invaluable networking opportunities. It is in that respect, the Rufford Small Grants funded the Regional Conference of the Grantees of the Rufford Small Grants in Ghana. The Rufford Conference in Ghana took place at the Erata Hotel in Accra, the Capital City of Ghana, from 29th to 30th October 2016. This conference aimed at enhancing the direct communication and partnership between the regional RSG recipients by providing a forum for them to discuss ideas and issues; share the best practices and promote the regional RSG Partnership (network). This two-day conference brought together 40 Rufford Small Grants Recipients from 6 different west-African and east-African countries, for a weekend of relationship building and mutual learning. 21 RSG recipients came from Ghana, 8 from Benin, 5 from Nigeria, 3 from Cote d’Ivoire, 2 from Rwanda, and 1 from Togo. This conference was officially launched by Mr. Japhet Roberts from Ghana Wildlife Society, on behalf of Dr Erasmus Owusu the CEO of Ghana Wildlife Society.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016

Date: 21 -22 March 2016
Venue: Hotel Palace, Banja Luka

The Rufford Small Grants Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina “Nature knows no boundaries” was held on 21st – 22nd March, 2016 in Banja Luka. This is one of many RSGF conferences held all over the World with main reason to share our experience during the projects and to connect RSGF winners. The RSG Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina is also the first conference held in Europe. In Balkan region, including Turkey, Rufford Small Grants Foundation has supported more than 85 nature conservation projects from applicable countries. In year 2016 Banja Luka was host of seven countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Albania and Turkey) with 33 researchers participating the Rufford Small Grants Foundation conference.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Peru 2016

Date: 18-19 January 2016
Venue: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

The Rufford grantees conference in Peru was organised by Renata Leite Pitman and Miryam Quevedo. It brought together 53 attendees including grantees from the region, representatives of the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and local university professors.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Bhutan 2015

Date: October 2015
Venue: Royal University of Bhutan

The RSG Bhutan conference was held at the College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan, Lobesa from October 29 to 31, 2015. With the theme "Bringing Together Field Researchers in Bhutan" the conference was attended by 35 participants from two countries - Bhutan and Nepal.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, Chile 2015

Date: May 2015
Venue: Quintay

The Rufford Small Grant Conference South America was held by Costa Humboldt and the Centro de Investigaciones Marina de Quintay (CIMARQ) of the Universidad Andres Bello sponsored by The Rufford Foundation. The coastal town of Quintay was the perfect place to host grantees from diverse countries in the continent.

Read more >

Grant Recipients Conference, South Africa 2015

Date: April 2015
Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

The 2015 Southern African Rufford Small Grants Conference was held in Cape Town from the 16th to 17th April. The conference was kindly hosted at the South African national Biodiversity Institutes Colophon Room within the conservation wing, a building which was suitably constructed through sponsorship from the Rufford Foundation.

Read more >