Asian, African conservation scientists' meet

doi:10.1038/nindia.2013.127 Published online 23 September 2013

Young conservation biologists from around 20 Asian and African countries will get together with leading scientists and conservationists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore on September 25, 2013 to discuss the latest trends in wildlife and conservation science.

The four-day event called the Students Conference on Conservation Science is co-organised by IISc, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT). It is a sister event to an annual conference of the same name held in Cambridge University, UK.

The organisers of the conference say that the meet, apart from discussing case studies such as bustards and floricans in India and lemurs in Madagascar, would also look at ways to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts in Asia and Africa as both continents face similar conservation challenges. The conference will see more than 80 original research presentations ranging from invasive species in the forest reserves of Sri Lanka, forest dynamics of Himalayas, foraging ecology of bats in Ghana to the behaviour of Lorises in Java.

Over 45 workshops will teach the students hard and soft skills of conservation science such as basic GIS and remote sensing, study techniques in various ecosystems, data analysis, graphical visualisation of data, science writing and basic photography.

Ornithologist Nigel Collar, lemur conservation expert Patricia Wright, ecologist Nirmal Kulkarni and herpetologist Romulus Whitaker will be among the noted speakers at the conference.

Asian elephant ecologist and lead organiser of the conference Raman Sukumar hopes that bringing the Cambridge University conference to India would provide a great opportunity to conservation scientists in the country.