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UCCRI Early Career Programme for Conservation Researchers


From October 2016, the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) will be offering a regular programme of activities for Early Career Researchers working in conservation across the University of Cambridge. The programme is designed to encourage collaboration across a wide range of disciplines through shared skills workshops, seminars, talks and other activities. 

Pre-registration is required, but all events are open to any Early Career Researcher within the University whose research is conservation-related or who would like to meet other researchers working in conservation. 

All events will take place on Thursday mornings throughout the academic year in the David Attenborough Building, in the Garfield Weston Room (room 2.49). There will also be some opportunities for informal networking after the sessions over lunch.


Early Career Programme for Conservation Researchers

UCCRI Introduction to Early Career Research Network

This introductory meeting will bring together conservation researchers within the David Attenborough Building and also invite other conservation-related researchers from across the University.  The first half will be a speed networking event, followed by an informal lunch

11am – 11.15am introduction to UCCRI

11.15am - 12pm Speed Networking

12pm - 12.45pm lunch

6th October

Please pre-register

Research and Career Development Workshop

11am to 12pm: Careers Services talk provided by Anne Ford and the Careers Service Team to advise what support they can offer you as a graduate or a postdoc looking for the next step


12.45pm to 1.45pm: A Skills Analysis Workshop run by the Research and Development Team (Hannah Clements and Mary Beth Benbenek) 


12pm to 12.45pm Lunch and a chance to meet fellow conservationists



13th October


Please pre-register

Office for Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA)
11am to 12pm 


Speaker: Karina Prasad

Meet the Head of the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs to hear their range of services available and also discuss issues relating to those working within conservation-related research.


Followed by coffee and cake and a chance to meet other conservation researchers

20th October

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Pathways to Impact Workshop (BioScience Team)

11am to 1pm


Convenors: Dr Kate Parsley and Dr Claire Higgett


Impact is of ever-increasing importance and all Research Councils now request a Pathway to Impact in their research applications.  This interactive workshop will help you understand what Impact is and how you can achieve it from your research.  Claire and Kate will also give advice on how to write your Pathways to Impact and highlight resources and other sources of support available.

There will be coffee and cake from 10.30am and a lunch provided following the workshop

27th October

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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) 

11am to 12pm


Speakers: Dr Jake Reynolds (Director, CISL), Dr Gemma Cranston, Dr Martina di Fonzo

Learn about CISL’s vision of a sustainable economy and how it could be achievable; their work on ecosystems and resources and how they are supporting the natural capital protocol; and why they are looking to build stronger research relationships to understand the investment case for soil, water and biodiversity conservation with a view to unlocking private capital.

Followed by a lunch and an opportunity to meet other conservation researchers


3rd November

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The Living Laboratory for Sustainability

11am to 12pm 


Speaker: Emily Dunning

The Living Laboratory for Sustainability provides opportunities for students to improve sustainability on the University estate, through projects, internships and research. The idea behind the Living Lab is to provide opportunities to make the most of research being done here to use on our own Estate for improving environmental sustainability, linking operations with teaching and research, and supporting collaborations between the different communities of students, academics and support staff. 


Followed by a lunch and chance to talk with other conservation researchers

10th November

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Cambridge Enterprise Workshop

11am to 1pm


This exciting workshop will focus on commercialisation and enterprise within the University and how support in these areas can be provided with a particular focus on conservation.  There will be speakers from a variety of areas within Cambridge Enterprise including those from the seed funds, consultancy, Physical Sciences, and i-Teams, which combines multi-disciplinary teams of students with industry mentors and real University inventions to assess the commercial viability of new technologies and product designs. Even if you don’t have any new inventions, it is an area that is both fascinating and valuable to learn about.


Followed by a lunch and an opportunity to talk one to one with the Cambridge Enterprise Team, as well as meeting other conservation researchers

17th November

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Research Grant Workshop 

11am to 1pm


Convenors: Dr Juergen Wastl, Danielle Feger

The first half of this interactive workshop will focus around finding appropriate grant funding and how to write a proposal, using various case studies.  The second half will be convened by the Head of Research Information, and focusing on the various tools and sources of support available to Cambridge’s research community at all stages; whether you need to find potential collaborators, sources of funding or get to grips with reporting outcomes and measuring impact.

 This workshop will last two hours with a coffee break and followed by a lunch.

24th November

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Leadership Talk – Dr Jonathan Hutton, Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, followed by informal drinks and a College dinner (venue to be confirmed)
Dr Jonathan Hutton is a global leader in conservation, with a strong academic record in ecology, natural resource management and rural development. He is an ecologist by training, with 25 years of experience in nature conservation and rural development issues in Africa. His experience includes a major body of work in southern Africa where he took on a range of leadership positions directly linked to nature, natural resources and rural development in government, NGOs and the private sector. He was Director of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge between 2005 and 2016, and has recently taken up the position of Director at the Luc Hoffmann Institute.

1st December

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