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 Uruguay, Russia, Georgia, Mexico, Botswana, Philippines, Costa Rica, Paraguay 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, 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.

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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.

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Grant Recipients Conference, Vietnam 2015

Date: January 2015
Venue: University of Science

The Rufford Small Grant Recipients Conference has been held during 31st January & 1st February 2015, at the University of Science, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City. It was organized by the Rufford Foundation, the University of Science in collaboration with Vietnam Wildlife Tours & Research.

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Grant Recipients Conference, Madagascar 2015

Date: January 2015
Venue: Eulophiella Lodge

Blue Ventures and the Rufford Foundation held a two day mini-conference for a selection of Rufford Small Grant (RSG) for Nature award winners who are undertaking or have finished undertaking conservation work in Madagascar. The theme of the workshop was ‘Sharing Experiences in Conservation’.

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Grant Recipients Conference, Bali 2014

Date: December 2014
Venue:

The beautiful tropical island of Bali provided an inspiring location to hold this second Indonesia RSG conference, which was attended by 24 participants (18 Rufford grantees, 4 young Indonesian conservationists, 1 trainer and 1 conference organiser).

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Grant Recipients Conference, Myanmar 2014

Date: April, 2014
Venue: Natural History Museum, Yangon Zoo

Yangon Zoo and the Rufford Foundation held a two day mini-conference for a selection of Rufford Small Grant (RSG) for Nature award winners from Asia.

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Future conferences

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

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

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

January 2018 - Cambodia - Contact Jeanne McKay: jeanne.e.mckay@gmail.com

January 2018 - Uganda - Contact Alphonse: karenzilife@gmail.com

January 2018 - Nepal - Contact Krishna Prasad Dahal: info@iofhc.edu.np

February 2018 - Montenegro - Contact Dr Aylin Akkaya Bas: akkayaaylinn@gmail.com
or visit the conference website

April 2018 - Ukraine - Contact Oleks: oleksandrzinenko@gmail.com

January 2019 - Galapagos - Contact Robert Brown: robert_lamb@brown.edu