Event: Conservation Tools: New Platforms & Technologies

Join us on the 15th June 12.30 - 16.00 (BST) to hear from and question conservation technology leaders from around the world and discover new innovations to take your project to the next level - Registration is now OPEN!

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Keeping up with the ever evolving field of conservation technology can be a challenge. This session is a great opportunity to hear from conservation technology leaders who will discuss a variety of topics including; their application of technology in the field, online community engagement platforms and artificial intelligence. After the informative presentations you will be able to have your questions answered by the panellists. Check out our fantastic panellists below.

This event is part of the 4 day online WildHub Festival (15th - 18th June) celebrating community, innovation and our conservation achievements!

Register here for this event it's now open, numbers are limited to 100 members so don't miss out on hearing and getting advise from this expert panel, REGISTER TODAY! Submit your questions for our panellists between now and 11th June 5pm.

Format: 25 minute presentations per panellist, 30 minute Q&A with all panellists to end.
Target audience: Conservationists
3 hours 30 minutes

Organiser & Moderator: Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Panellists are:

Professor Serge Wich, Primate Biology, Liverpool John Moores University

Serge is a biologist who focuses on great apes and particularly their conservation. For his research he uses a mixture of technologies of which drones are a major aspect. To analyse the large amount of drone data he has teamed up with computer scientists and an astrophysicist to develop a free web platform ConservationAI that uses machine learning to detect and classify animal species in images from drones and camera traps. 

Tommy Gaillard, Founder & Coordinator Human-Wildlife Interaction Projects: ENCOSH & COFEEL

Tommy of the association HISA has co-created with an interdisciplinary team the ENCOSH Platform as a result of the increasing human-wildlife interactions worldwide which calls for greater engagement between stakeholders and for more readily available and accessible information on initiatives to tackle such issues. As such the ENCOSH platform aims to foster knowledge-sharing on such initiatives, and ultimately inform, inspire and empower people to achieve positive interactions with wildlife at their home. Based on this solidarity approach among multi-stakeholders, such an international collaborative tool could thus be a great way to better tackling challenging social and conservation issues, locally and globally. 

Dr. Debbie Saunders, Wildlife Drones Founder & Conservation Ecologist, Australian National University

Debbie is a Founding Director of Wildlife Drones, and a Conservation Ecologist at the Australian National University.  Her extensive conservation research experience focuses on improving our understanding of threatened migratory birds and the complex ecosystems they depend on.  She recently succeeded in translating her long-term research into a $1 million habitat restoration project for a diversity of threatened species. She has also been instrumental in the development of the world’s first robotic radio-tracking drone for remotely locating tagged animals. Currently she is taking this drone technology to next level with the creation of Wildlife Drones, a commercial-ready product for researchers, pest species managers and conservation NGOs internationally.  She has received an ACT Innovation Award as well as an ACT Government Innovation Connect grant for her creative business solutions for challenging research problems.  Debbie believes that drones are a highly valuable and flexible tool that provide unprecedented opportunities for new insights into the world’s most complex and fascinating natural ecosystems.

Benjamin Barca, Regional Coordinator West Africa, NatureMetrics

Benji is a field conservationist and practitioner with experience spanning multiple organisations working in tropical habitats, from Central America to South-East Asia and more recently West Africa. After living and working for the past 4 years in Sierra Leone as an RSPB Technical Advisor for research in the Gola Rainforest he moved back to the UK and joined NatureMetrics as the regional coordinator for West Africa. He is interested in environmental DNA applications to biodiversity monitoring, community and citizen science, and capacity development in West Africa and beyond. 

Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, Co-Chair of Communications and Outreach Wildlife Insights

Stephanie is a wildlife biologist, science communicator, and Co-Chair of the Communications and Outreach committee on Wildlife Insights. Wildlife Insights is a ground-breaking initiative between seven major conservation and science organisations and Google to aggregate camera trap data from all over the world, breaking down data silos, and creating the largest open-access wildlife image database. The goal of Wildlife Insights is to use AI to identify species and provide automated data analysis tools to stakeholders to better understand wildlife in near real time. 

Priscillia Miard, PhD Researcher, Universiti Sains Malaysia Primate Research and Conservation Lab

Priscillia is a PhD candidate in zoology from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. She is studying nocturnal mammal distribution, abundance and behaviour. Priscillia is also the founder and lead researcher of Night Spotting Project, an outreach platform from the Malaysian Primatological Society. Priscillia's background comprises an MSc in Primate Conservation and eight years of experience in the field of research and biodiversity conservation. She aims to bring new technologies for enhanced research method on nocturnal mammals as well as welfare of the animals.     

Jaco Mattheus, Technical Advisor and Telemetry Consultant, Global Supplies

Jaco started his career in Kruger National Park, South Africa working in all aspects of wildlife management, capture and research. Jaco went on to work in the private game capture industry, where he gained vast experience in the capture of wildlife. He was most notable involved in the capture and relocation of Roan antelope from Botswana to South Africa, a landmark cross border conservation project. In 2003, he became the Wildlife Manager at Phinda Private Game Reserve, KZN, South Africa. During this time, he was one of the few private individuals asked to assist in the formulation of a government elephant management plan. Over the eight years as wildlife manager Jaco was involved in numerous long-term research projects where he gained valuable insights into the various telemetry options that are available to the industry. He is now the Technical Advisor and Telemetry Consultant for Global Supplies which is a one-stop company for all products and services relating to wildlife management, research and veterinary care. 





Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Dean, African Leadership University, School of Wildlife Conservation

I have nineteen years of international experience in the field of conservation both in situ and ex-situ. From an early age, I have been passionate and intrigued by the natural world. My love of African wildlife and the continent they live in has shaped the person I am today and in turn the direction my professional career has taken. From my first visit to Tanzania to my current work in Namibia, I have come to understand the multifaceted relationship between wildlife and people. It cannot be denied that people are the root cause of a species decline but they are also the key to a species survival as well; this is my focus. Every one of my projects has grown my understanding of this relationship. I do this by taking the time to sit and talk to the people who are impacted by wildlife to generate real-world solutions. As a conservation scientist, I believe we should always be asking the key question ‘How can people and wildlife coexist?’ In 2016, I realised that to establish practices which affect real conservation results in time frames that address challenges before they become irretrievable, conservationists need to be more innovative, flexible and collaborative in their approach than we have traditionally been. My solution to this was to become an independent ecological consultant, able to work where and when I was required and, crucially, with all stakeholders and not just the ones my views were aligned with and in 2017 I started LRC Wildlife Conservation. In November 2020 I became the Dean for the School of Wildlife Conservation at the African Leadership University based in Kigali, Rwanda. As Dean, I am responsible for designing and implementing the School’s academic curriculum for undergraduate, MBA, and professional development programmes. Strengthening the faculty team and providing academic leadership for the School’s growing student body. The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is an initiative of the African Leadership Group established to catalyse innovation and growth in Africa’s conservation sector. This is because we recognise Wildlife Conservation as one of Africa’s great opportunities and competitive advantages. We see the sector’s potential to drive sustainable ecological and economic development on the continent.
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