CT 2017 - Innovation in Conservation

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Current Themes in Ecology 2017

Innovation in Conservation
Fundamental science as a basis for sustainable conservation

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Conference Centre "De Werelt", Lunteren, The Netherlands


Loss of our natural surroundings - and the biodiversity it harbours - has become such an issue that we are currently in the first era of mass extinction caused by man. For many years now, scientists have studied trends of degradation and biodiversity loss, providing essential insight the consequences of these trends ecosystem functioning. Yet, how much of this fundamental scientific insight has directly led to innovations approaches in conserving our natural surroundings and the biodiversity within?

This edition of Current Themes in Ecology addresses the role of fundamental science in contributing to the sustainable conservation of nature, where various points of entry are used:

  • Insight in behaviour and responses of systems, animals, and plants; opening innovative roads to conservation
  • Methodology; with meta-analyses revealing patterns that individual studies do not show
  • Technology; such as drones, satellite imagery, 3D scans of organisms and even whole ecosystems
  • Theory; with paradigms shifting the view on conservation, or debates like land sparing/land sharing, or the effectiveness of the ecosystem services approach

We aim to address these different points of entry at which innovation in conservation can occur and present examples of how these have changed the way individual species or even complete ecosystems are being conserved.

Provisional programme
09:00 - 10:00 Registration & Coffee / Tea
10:00 - 10:20 Welcome by the Chair of the Day
Dr Coenraad Krijger, executive director @ IUCN NL, Netherlands
10:20 - 11:00 How advances in ecological theory can lead to innovation
Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation @ Utrecht University, Netherlands / Professor of Ecosystem Management @ ETH Zürich, Switzerland
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee / Tea
11:30 - 12:10 Whole genome sequencing: Panacea for Conservation?
Dr Robert Kraus, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Genetics @ University of Konstanz, Germany
12:10 - 12:50 Preventing wildlife crime with progress in ecology and technology
Dr Frank van Langevelde, Associate Professor of Animal Movement and Population Biology @ Wageningen University, Netherlands
12:50 - 13:50 Lunch
13:50 - 14:30 Meta-analysis as a tool for revealing overarching patterns in nature
Dr Marijke van Kuijk, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Biodiversity @ Utrecht University, Netherlands
14:30 - 15:10 Innovations in restoration ecology: Fortress Restoration, or a flexible, adaptable approach?
Prof Eric Higgs, Professor of Restoration Ecology @ University of Victoria, Canada
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee / Tea
15:40 - 16:20 Towards convivial conservation: radical ideas for saving nature in the Anthropocene
Prof Bram Büscher, Professor of Sociology of Development and Change @ Wageningen University, Netherlands
16:20 - 17:00 Innovation in governance of conservation
Ir. Bart Geenen, Head Freshwater Programme @ WWF Netherlands, Netherlands
17:00 - 18:00 Wrap-up of the day, followed by drinks in the bar

This edition of Current Themes in Ecology is organised by:

  • Marijke van Kuijk (Assistant Professor in Tropical Forest Ecology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
  • Ignas Heitkönig (Assistant Professor in Resource Ecology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
  • Claudius van de Vijver (Netherlands Ecological Research Network)
  • Lennart Suselbeek (Netherlands Ecological Research Network)
General information
Target Group Everyone interested in ecology
Event duration 1 day
Number of credits 0.3 ECTS
Location Conference Centre "De Werelt", Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren, The Netherlands


Fees 1
MSc students / PhD candidates € 50,- €   75,-
All other participants € 75,- € 100,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea, lunch, and drinks.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 8 NOVEMBER 2017

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NERN Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 50,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 75,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)

More information

Dr Claudius van de Vijver (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116
Email: claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl


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