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 Bolivia, Mongolia, Tibet, China, Russia, and Peru.

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

7-8 December 2019
Alphonse Karenzi

Very often Conservationists and Researchers work in isolation. Thus, the Rufford Foundation organises conferences to create direct communication between the Grant Recipients and enable them to share knowledge and create partnerships. It is in that respect that the Rufford Foundation organised this regional conference that brought together 25 conservationists and decision makers from 8 countries. The Zambia Conference was held on 7th and 8th December 2019, at Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, in Livingstone, the tourism capital of Zambia.

15-18 November 2019
Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

The Rufford Foundation’s Small Grants Programme enables numerous researchers in various developing countries to carry out nature conservation projects. In India, the foundation has supported 695 projects. In 2012, the first Rufford Conference was held in India, and since then, the Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning (FERAL) has organised six conferences for grantees to present their work, discuss ideas and form collaborations

25-26 October 2019
Adrián B. Azpiroz and Susana González

The overall goal of the meeting was to share Rufford experiences and set the stage for the creation of a new conservation initiative that would take advantage of two key elements of Uruguay’s RGS conservation work: hands-on practice and scientifically-sound approaches. The main objectives of the meeting were: 1) to gain insight regarding conservation work in our country on the basis of exchanging lessons learned from the wide range of Rufford projects carried out in Uruguay; b) identify barriers (proximate and ultimate causes) that limit the effectiveness of current tools and strategies that aim to conserve our national biodiversity; c) create a national network to enhance synergies and cooperation among Rufford past and current grantees.

11-13 July 2019
Dr Emma Stone

Hosted by African Bat Conservation and Conservation Research Africa and supported by the University of the West of England. A total of 19 delegates attended the conference representing the following African countries: Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi and
Rwanda.

27-28 April 2019
Alphonse Karenzi & Sustaining Africa Youth Organization

In 2012, Rufford Foundation had its first conference in Nepal. And due to the success of this, the trustees felt that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. They recognised that 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 that the Rufford Foundation funded this East African Regional Conference of the RSG Recipients which held at the Beshale Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27th to 28th April 2019.

16-17 March 2019
Svetlana Baskakova

The Conference held in the main office of Aksu-Jabagly Biosphere Nature Reserve in the comfortable and modern Conference hall equipped with relevant technical facilities as computer and projector, big screen and tribune. The venue is situated in the Village of Zhabagly in Turkestan Province of Kazakhstan.

The personal invitations were sent to the 92 Rufford Foundation grant’s recipients in 12 countries. We have got the positive feedback from 46 people and finally 29 experts from 6 countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan did attend the event and 46 authors have submitted 23 manuscripts to the Proceedings of the Conference book.

8 - 11 February 2019
Rajat Ramakant Nayak

The Rufford Foundation has played a crucial role in the field of nature conservation in developing countries worldwide. Its small grants have offered immense opportunities to young professionals and amateurs to explore and contribute to wildlife research and nature conservation. The Rufford Foundation has supported more than 1000 research and conservation projects in the Indian sub-continent. Since 2012, The Rufford Foundation has been holding conferences in collaboration with local organisations in different parts of the world with the aim to facilitate direct communication between their grant recipients. These conferences have been providing a forum to discuss ideas, problems, and issues and create invaluable networking opportunities.

21-25 January 2019
Robert W. Lamb, Maximilian Hirschfeld & Javier Oña

The conference was co-hosted by the two leading research and conservation institutions in the Galapagos Islands. The conference opening and days 2 and 3 took place at the Galapagos Science Center, a joint research station operated by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on San Cristobal Island. Conference days 4 and 5 took place at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island.

6-7 January 2019
Semillas del Océano

“Stronger Together” was the theme of this conference, which focused on connecting RSG-recipients from Mesoamerica, facilitating them with a place to present the work they do for conservation and the impact that the RSG has had on their personal and professional careers.

1-2 December 2018
Alphonse Karenzi

In 2012, Rufford Foundation had its first conference in Nepal. And due to the success of this, the trustees felt that there was a need for more direct communication between the grant recipients. They recognised that 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 that the Rufford Foundation funded this East African Regional Conference of the RSG Recipients which held at the National Museum of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1st to 2nd December 2018.

Future conferences

February 2020 - Philippines - Contact Gonzalo Araujo: Ulibc@gmail.com

February 2020 - Tanzania (Zanzibar) - Contact Alphonse Karenzi: karenzilife@gmail.com

March 2020 - Honduras (Roatan) - Contact Alerick Pacay: apacay@semillasdeloceano.com

April 2020 - Mexico (La Paz) - Contact Agnese Mancini: agnes@grupotortuguero.org

April 2020 - Comoros Islands - Contact Alphonse Karenzi: karenzilife@gmail.com

May 2020 - Turkey - Contact Ana Ćurić: rufford.conference@gmail.com or visit www.turkey2020con.com

May 2020 - Brazil - Contact Pedro: pedrohcp2@yahoo.com.br

September 2020 - India (Udipur) - Contact Rajat Nayak: rajat27404@gmail.com

October 2020 - Russia (Moscow) - Contact Svetlana: baskakova2008@mail.ru

October 2020 - Mozambique - Contact Alphonse Karenzi: karenzilife@gmail.com

November 2020 - Myammar - Contact Jasmine: jassie.jasmine@gmail.com