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New Conservation Evidence projects launched

The Conservation Evidence Project has launched two new flagship projects, Evidence Champions and Non-English Language Evidence Gathering. Evidence Champions are organisations that have made a commitment to work with the project to integrate scientific evidence into their decision making. The Non-English Evidence Gathering Project is an ambitious effort to collect conservation science in multiple languages, with collaborators from all over the world.

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Are universities ready for a new kind of science?

Is the knowledge and scholarship that universities produce relevant to the problems the world faces? In a new essay co-authored with an international group of researchers, Dr Bhaskar Vira of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) and the Department of Geography argues that in order for science to best serve society and the planet, universities and researchers need to adjust their focus and take responsibility for institutional innovation in five key areas.

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Dr Hannah Mumby is awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

Dr Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow at the UCCRI, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to enable her to research at Colorado State University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world. Hannah has been selected to conduct research on male African elephant sociality under different levels of poaching impact.

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UCCRI New Funding Calls Web Page

UCCRI has a new funding page showing the latest calls available in the UK and the EU. This is a continuously updated page and you can find all information by clicking on any one of the calls that interests you.

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Making conservation decision-support tools more user-friendly

A recent, joint-funded workshop by UCCRI and the Luc Hoffmann Institute, highlighted ways developers can make decision-support tools more user-friendly. These tools (typically apps or computer programs) help policy makers and practitioners make choices based on scientific evidence by providing simple processes that draw relevant information from data sets. The workshop found that developers can encourage people to use these tools by making them simple to use, engaging users in design and testing, and making business plans to keep tools going.

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