Optional Extras 

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Pre-conference short courses | Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 March 2020 

Several short courses (one-day & half-day) courses are offered to conference delegates before the conference, on 30 and 31 March 2020. These will take place in central Oxford and have limited availability. Course costs for conference delegates are £20-£35. To attend the courses, please select the option when making your booking. We have a few spaces remaining on one course on Tuesday 31st March

  • “How to design insurance schemes for human-wildlife co-existence”

Delegates who have already registered for the conference can add these by logging to their delegate account and following these steps:

  • Select manage, under 'your next event'

  • Select registration in the top right, which will take you to the registration page where you can purchase new courses 


Available course 

Title: How to design insurance schemes for human-wildlife co-existence

Led by: Paul Steele (Chief Economist, International Institute for Environment and Development) and Barbara Chabbaga (Actuary and Partner, AB Consultants, Kenya)

Description: Insurance offers exciting potential for human wildlife co-existence. This training will provide interactive learning on insurance design drawing from experience in Kenya and Sri Lanka. This will include actuarial expertise on how to design an insurance scheme in your country.

Date and time: Tuesday 31st March, 2pm– 5pm (half-day course)


Other courses (sold out)

Title: Planning for human-wildlife coexistence: linking situation assessment to decision-making (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Dr Silvio Marchini (University of São Paulo; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force; IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group) and Dr Jenny Glikman (San Diego Global; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force)

Description: The key to turning HWC into large-scale coexistence is good planning. Through a series of practical activities, participants will be exposed to the process of planning for coexistence: how to properly assess the situation, make better decisions based on a sound theory of change, and monitor & evaluate the results.

Date and time: Monday 30 March, 9am – 5pm (full-day course)


Title: An introduction to facilitation skills for conservation managers (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Jamie Copsey (IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group)

Description: From planning through to the implementation of species conservation projects, managers will have to manage multiple stakeholder needs and interests, concerns and influences. Such navigation requires the honing of a combination of interpersonal and process design skills to ‘facilitate’ a way through. In this workshop we introduce the concept of facilitation along with several core facilitation skills. The workshop is designed to be a ‘taster’ session for much deeper training in the topic available both online and in person through the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group. 

Date and time: Tuesday 31 March, 9am – 5pm (full-day course) 


Title: Social research methods for assessing and monitoring human-wildlife conflict (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Dr Jenny Glikman (San Diego Global; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force)

Description: This course will cover the key elements of designing and implementing a social science research for human-wildlife conflict projects. It will focus on identifying clear study objectives in order to apply appropriate quantitative or qualitative research methods, including questionnaires and other commonly used survey instruments. After the course, attendees will be ready to get started with their own social science research and able to critique existing instruments.

Date and time: Tuesday 31 March, 9am – 12pm


Title: Social marketing and behaviour change for human-wildlife conflict mitigation projects (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Dr Diogo Verissimo (Oxford Martin School; IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force) and Amy Fitzmaurice (WildCRU, University of Oxford)

Description: Understanding and influencing human behaviour is key to addressing human-wildlife conflicts. Social marketing focuses on the use of concept and theories originally developed in the business sector to influence people and achieve social good. This course will use a case study involving tigers and communities in Nepal.

Date and time: Tuesday 31 March, 2pm – 5pm


Title: Working with the media on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence issues (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Virat A Singh (IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force)

Description: As media has the power to change the way people perceive wildlife issues, it is increasingly crucial to have a better understanding of how to engage with the media in innovative ways. This workshop explore how continuous engagement with the media plays a key role in conservation, and focussing on aspects such as crisis communication, media management, and effective usage of social media.

Date and time: Tuesday 31 March, 2pm – 5pm



Title: Mapping the risk of human-wildlife conflict (SOLD OUT)

Led by: Żaneta Kaszta (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford)

Description: A spatial understanding of current and emerging human-wildlife conflicts is essential for decision-making for prioritising mitigation and the allocation of limited resources. This short course will show participants how to use tools from spatial analysis and landscape ecology to map patterns and hotspots of quantifiable conflicts between wildlife and people at local or regional scales. An understanding of Geographic Information Systems is advantageous for participants but not required.

Date and time: Tuesday 31st March, 9am– 12pm (half-day course)

Conference dinner 

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday 2nd April 2020 at Balliol College, one of the oldest colleges of Oxford University. Join us for a pre-dinner reception and three-course vegetarian dinner in this iconic dining hall. Places are limited. Price: £60. To attend the dinner, please select the option when making your booking. (SOLD OUT)

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