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 Russia, Malaysia, Peru, and Madagascar).

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

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.

19-20 October 2018
Le Khac Quyet and L Manh Hung

In 2015, the Rufford Small Grants conference was firstly held at the VNUHCM - University of Science. This conference had received 40 participants from 4 universities, 3 research institutes, 6 organizations, and 3 countries (Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam), including young researchers, lecturers, and undergraduate students.

In order to improve exchanges of communication between Rufford’s recipients in South- east Asia countries and information between Rufford Foundation and its grant recipients as well, the 2nd RSG conference is held in Hanoi, Vietnam with generous financial support from Rufford Small Grants Foundation, and kind administrative and logistic support of the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences (IIBES) and the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR)-Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).

18-21 September 2018
Rajat Ramakant Nayak, Foundation for Ecological Research Advocacy and Learning

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 1046 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.

27-28 September 2018
Ana Ćurić, Slavica Vaselek, Jelena Šeat & Miloš Popović

“Explore and protect the natural beauty of Balkans” conference provides an ideal scientific platform for researchers to present their latest research findings, to share their experience, ideas and knowledge, as well as to establish new connections and collaborations. Main aim of this conference is to gather recipients (past and current) working in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Republic of Macedonia in order to improve networking among grantees and emphasize importance of collaboration in scientific world and nature conservation in the Balkans.

26-28 November 2018
Damián Martinez-Fernandez

RSG Costa Rica Conference was the first Costa Rican Marine Conservation meeting to date. The Costa Rican government, through the Vice-Minister of Water and Seas Ms. Haydée Rodríguez Romero supported the RSG Costa Rican conference in order to create a space to share experiences on marine conservation issues. We called the conference MarColab, which is a combination of words in Spanish that refer to the Sea and Collaboration. The Conference was aligned with the historical interest of Costa Rica to consolidate itself as a country that seeks sustainability and biodiversity conservation. It seeks to support government authorities in generating analysis that results in a concrete proposals. So, our main objective was to propose collaborative strategies based on solutions and synergies that allow Costa Rica to get closer to achieving national and international goals in conservation issues.

2-4 August 2018
Dilek Sahin

Ilia State University (ILIAUNI) is a leading institute in research and conservation studies in Georgia. Almost every researcher of ILIAUNI have links and collaborations with other universities across the Caucasus region and not only. Nevertheless Rufford Conference was the most important event in conservation studies that brought together young conservationists in Kazbegi, Georgia to share the experience and make new connections and trans-boundary collaborations for the first time. So, our objective was to begin new collaborative research and to born new ideas for wildlife conservation between the countries within Caucasus region.

23-25 July 2018
Wilson Novarino

It was our great honour that Biology Department of Andalas University having the chance to organized the Rufford Conference for Indonesia from 23-24 July 2018. The main objectives of the conferences which titled “Strengthening Collaboration for Biodiversity Conservation” is to encourage more young researcher from Sumatra to improve their knowledge and ability by sharing their field experience with previous grantees of Rufford Small Grants. This conference was held as part of “Tiger Week” an inauguration for Global Tiger Day which held annually on 29th July.

Future conferences

April 2019 - Ethiopia - Contact Alphonse: karenzilife@gmail.com

July 2019 - Malawi - Contact Emma: emma@conservationresearchafrica.org

August 2019 - Madagascar - Contact Onja: onjarh@gmail.com (A follow on from the Association of Tropical Biology)

October 2019 - Uruguay - Contact Adrian: pampasbirds@gmail.com

November 2019 - India Andaman) - Contact Rajat: rajat@feralindia.org

December 2019 - Zambia - Contact Alphonse: karenzilife@gmail.com

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