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4th Inspire4Nature Supervisory Board Meeting

We had planned 4 Supervisory Board Meetings over the entire project, today we had the 8th! This was the 4th ordinary SB meeting, (in addition to 4 extraordinary meetings) and it had been predicted to take place during the summer in Kigali, Rwanda, associated with the International Conference on Conservation Science. Instead, it was again remote.  We sure miss meeting in person, but have to recognise that technology allowed us to keep in touch frequently. Very important, in this complicated period.

We discussed how each fellow is doing, now that they are getting progressively close to finishing their projects. Exciting but also stressful times! Also reviewed the 5th and final training session, upcoming deliverables and decided on next steps in the project.

 

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Training module: preparing for job interviews

The final chapter of the 5th and last Inspire4Nature training session was dedicated to preparing fellows for successful job interviews, as they continue their career path in either academic or non-academic organisations.

After preparing mock applications to one of three real job offers, fellows staged mock interviews, taking turns in the role of applicants or of members of the selection committee, coming up with really challenging questions. Even if nobody got a job today, real jobs will certainly be coming soon – this lot will not stay in the job market for long!

This training module was co-organised by the CNRS and UNEP-WCMC, with the participation of Ana Rodrigues (senior researcher at the CNRS), Matt Jones (Head of Programme Business & Biodiversity at UNEP-WCMC) and Elise Belle (Senior Project Portfolio Officer at WCMC-Europe). It took place remotely, as meeting in person was still not possible.

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Training module: job-searching skills for a career at the science-policy interface

The 5th and last training session of Inspire4Nature has now started, with the aim of improving the fellows’ job-hunting skills as they continue their career path in either academic or non-academic environments. We began with a course on the 1st June 2021, by Ana Rodrigues (senior researcher at the CNRS), Matt Jones (Head of Programme Business & Biodiversity at UNEP-WCMC) and Elise Belle (Senior Project Portfolio Officer at WCMC-Europe).

The course focused on how to read a job offer (academic and non-academic) and how candidates can tailor their CV and cover letter to best demonstrate their fit to the position. Next: fellows will be practising on real job offers and get personalised feedback on their CVs and cover letters.

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Youth Takeover of the UN Biodiversity Instagram

Inspire4Nature fellow Marie Morgane Rouyer was interviewed live on the United Nation’s Biodiversity Instagram account, as part of its takeover by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. The takeover started on the 17th of May as part of the celebrations around the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), and included sharing of youth-led actions, activities, events, and live interviews. Continue reading “Youth Takeover of the UN Biodiversity Instagram”