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GLP Poster Session

Global Land Programme Open Science

[Poster] Ford, S (2019) Prevalence of Deforestation Leakage Surrounding Tropical Forest Protected Areas. Global Land Programme Open Science Meeting 2019. University of Bern, Bern Switzerland.

On 24 April 2019, Scott Ford presented a poster, on which he had worked with his supervisors Martin Rudbeck Jepsen and Ole Mertz. His poster entitled Prevalence of Deforestation Leakage Surrounding Tropical Forest Protected Areas is an integral part of his global PhD research on Protected Areas dynamics.

(photo: Martin Rudbeck Jepsen)


2nd Inspire4Nature Training Session

The 2nd Training Session – “Theory and practice of identifying globally important sites for biodiversity conservation” – was dedicated to training fellows on the process of identifying Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), using the Global Standard for the identification of KBAs.

Besides the 15 fellows, the session brought together external scientists specialised in different taxonomic groups of the Greek biota as well as KBA experts.  The programme included:

  • Criteria for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas, and guidelines for the implementation of the criteria and the delineation of KBA sites;
  • Background to the biodiversity, important sites and conservation areas of Greece;
  • A visit to a NATURA 2000 site in Rhodes Island;
  • A workshop on the practice of identifying KBAs for Greek species;
  • Fellows’ joint project work.

The training session took place at the beautiful Hydrobiological station of Rhodes (Greece), a historic landmark and a research unit of our host organisation, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).


I4N fellows at the Student Conference on Conservation Science

Three Inspire4Nature fellows – Shawn Dove, Gonzalo Albaladejo, Joe Kelly – attended the 20th Student Conference on Conservation Science, in Cambridge, and met a very special guest: Sir David Attenborough!

Photo by Jamie Gundry, showing Sir David and all the conference participants, in front of the building named after him. The David Attenborough Building (DAB), at the Department of Zoology of the University of Cambridge, is home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the hub of the largest cluster of conservation organisations in the world. Most of the Inspire4Nature fellows will spend a few months at the DAB, in secondments to BirdLife International, UN Environment WCMC and IUCN.

Inspire4Nature Scientific Coordinator, Ana Rodrigues, chaired the Questions & Answers session in which conference delegated put their questions directly to Sir David.


Science & Policy to address threats to Afro-Palearctic migratory birds

[Oral Presentation] Guilherme, JL (2019) Maximizing the conservation value of existing tracking data. Science and Policy to Address Threats to Afro-Palearctic Migratory Birds: new research and future policy. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK).

This presentation was part of a workshop organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds dedicated to discussing how science and policy can address threats to Afro-Palearctic migratory birds, which took place on the 12-13 March 2019 in Cambridge.  João Guilherme gave a presentation on the objectives of his PhD project to an audience of experts in the field, i.e. migration scientists, conservationists and professionals involved in linking science and policy.

(photo: @RSPBScience)


1st Inspire4Nature Training Session

The Inspire4Nature training sessions are cross-project opportunities to learn about key concepts related to the science-policy interface in biodiversity conservation, to develop new skills and for establishing collaborations between the fellows. The First Inspire4Nature Training Session took place from the 31st October to the 7th November 2018. The agenda covered:

  • The international biodiversity conservation organisations of Inspire4Nature
  • International biodiversity conservation: global and local perspectives
  • Two global conservation standards: Red List of Threatened Species and Key Biodiversity Areas
  • What does it actually mean to be an Inspire4Nature Fellow?
  • Webdesign in WordPress
  • Gender issues in research and in Inspire4Nature
  • Fellows’ project work

The meeting took place in Montpellier, France, hosted by the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, a research unit of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier.


1st Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board Meeting

The Supervisory Board is the decision-making body governing the Inspire4Nature Consortium, responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the project. Its first meeting took place on the 19 October 2019 in Montpellier.

The Supervisory Board is composed of one member of each participant organisation, as well as two representatives of the fellows as observers. The agenda of the first meeting covered: progress on recruitment, data management plan, financial management, discussion of the future training sessions and future management meetings, upcoming project deliverables.

The meeting took place in Montpellier, France, hosted by the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, a research unit of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier.


Information session on European funding sources

[Oral Presentation] Rodrigues, ASL, Roger, P (2018) Inspire4Nature – International  training  at  the  Science-Policy  Interface for  Researchers  in  Europe,  for  Nature. Atelier Présentation des possibilités de financements européens. Ecole Doctorale Economie Gestion (Faculté d’Economie, Montpellier)

This presentation was part of an information session on European funding sources, for researchers of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montpellier, organised by the Doctoral School on Economics and Management . It took place in Montpellier on the 21 June 2018. Ana Rodrigues (scientific coordinator) and Pauline Roger (project manager) presented the Inspire4Nature project as an example of a successful ITN application, illustrating the process underpinning the consortium creation and project construction.


1000+ applications received!

We have received over 1000 applications to our 15 PhD positions – many thanks to all who have applied!

If you have applied and are wondering what happens next, check this page! We will keep it updated, so check back regularly.

Note that we are no longer accepting applications for any position.