Making effective connections between academia and conservation NGOs

Organizer: Rebecca Weeks, James Cook University

Many conservation scientists, and students in particular, seek opportunities to make their research relevant and useful to practitioner organisations, but are unsure how best to make those connections. Once a connection has been made, conducting collaborative research presents additional challenges, for example in the need to produce both academic outputs and real-world outcomes. This session will comprise a panel discussion with conservation scientists experienced in conducting research within an applied context. Facilitated questions to the panel will draw upon their extensive experience in managing collaboration between conservation practitioner organisations and researchers. For example:

  • How can scientists/students looking to engage with real-world conservation projects initiate that collaboration?
  • What has been really effective in achieving both parties’ objectives, and what didn’t work so well?
  • What are the benefits and challenges associated with tying your research into applied projects? and How can students position their work so that they are competitive for NGO jobs upon graduation?

There will then be time allocated for questions from the audience and general discussion.

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Location: Room P6 Date: July 6, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:20 pm