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The Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS) at the University of Oxford, Stirling Conservation Science (STI-CS) at the University of Stirling, and the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University, are pleased to invite PhD students and early-career researchers (up to five year post-graduation) in the field of conservation science to apply to participate in a three-day workshop to be held on 4-6th July at the University of Oxford, UK.
The aim of this workshop is to provide PhD students and early-career researchers with an opportunity to collaborate with other researchers from around the world, including leading conservation scientists, and to learn key skills for the development of their careers.
The workshop will be structured into three research themes, which will be complemented with plenary presentations by leading researchers in applied conservation biology, and two sessions on key transferable skills.
The research theme sessions will give delegates the opportunity to collaborate in small groups to produce a paper on one of the three topics listed below:
– Ethical conflicts in interdisciplinary research
There is little consensus within the conservation community on what is ethically appropriate when conducting conservation research. A multitude of institutions from different fields are involved, each with different priorities, which influence their stance on what is ethically acceptable. Additionally, a push for interdisciplinary work in conservation means biologists with no formal social science training are increasingly using social science methods to research often illegal and/or sensitive topics.
Aside from the potential harm to participants if ethics are not properly accounted for during fieldwork, a failure to adequately report ethical considerations in peer-reviewed literature means that researchers new to social sciences will not easily find the ethical guidance required for this type of work.
Mentor: Jerome Lewis, Reader in Anthropology, UCL.
– Measuring and predicting conservation conflicts
– Indicators for monitoring and predicting conservation policy interventions
Mentor: Derek Tittensor
Working in Conservation Sessions:
- Conservation pathways – Guest speakers: Professor Lord John Krebs and Professor EJ. Milner-Gulland
- How our biases affect our research
Transferable Skills Sessions:
- Communicating science
- Peer reviewing