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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Future conferences

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

December 2020
Rwanda
Contact Alphonse Karenzi:
karenzilife@gmail.com

February 2021
Costa Rica
Contact Damian:
damian.martinezcr@gmail.com

February 2021
Honduras (Roatan)
Contact Alerick Pacay:
apacay@semillasdeloceano.com

April 2021
India (Udipur)
Contact Rajat Nayak:
rajat27404@gmail.com

September 2021
Nicaragua
Contact: Joelle:
eliscientific@gmail.com

October 2021
Russia (Moscow)
Contact Svetlana:
baskakova2008@mail.ru or https://rufford-conference.nethouse.ru/page/1346195

November 2021
El Salvador
Contact: Melissa:
melissa.rg784@gmail.com

Brazil
Date to be finalised
Contact Pedro:
pedrohcp2@yahoo.com.br

Myanmar
Date to be finalised
Contact Jasmine:
jassie.jasmine@gmail.com

Mozambique
Date to be finalised
Contact Alphonse Karenzi:
karenzilife@gmail.com

Comoros Islands
Date to be finalised
Contact Alphonse Karenzi:
karenzilife@gmail.com