Scientific Writing and Publication: an online course

25 October – 3 December Midnight (East Africa Time) Thursday 7 October 2021

This course is designed to help conservation scientists communicate the importance and impact of their work  to the wider scientific community. Participants will learn how to structure a scientific paper, how to write engaging content, and how to present results.  The course will include modules on how to select scientific journals, and how the publication process works.  Conservationists from tropical countries have relatively low publication rates and this course is designed to address this issue.   The course is based on our in situ training workshops that TBA has run for young African conservation scientists who have been able to publish their work as a result of these workshops.

Taught by the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)

Sponsored by MAVA Fondation Pour la Nature

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Designing Conservation Projects and Measuring Impact

13 September to 22 October Applications have closed

Join like-minded practitioners and academics in our expert-led training courses.

The need for well-designed conservation projects that will create impact has never been more acute as we confront the global climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

That is why TBA has developed a pathway to successful conservation project design and impact measurement. The online course will be dynamic, interactive, and provide a rich opportunity for sharing ideas and mutual learning. Teaching has been designed by TBA and will draw on the inspiration and challenges associated with many years of working in Africa.

You will learn tools and approaches that you can apply to your own project, while gaining real life examples of best practice and common pitfalls to avoid.

Upon passing the course, you shall receive a certificate of completion.

Taught by the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)

Sponsored by MAVA Fondation Pour la Nature (MAVA)

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ONLINE COURSE: Designing Conservation Projects and Measuring Impact

31 May to 16 July 2021 midnight (East Africa Time) Friday 14 May 2021

The need for well-designed conservation projects that will create impact has never been more acute as we confront the global climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

That is why TBA has developed a pathway to successful conservation project design and impact measurement. The online course will be dynamic, interactive, and provide a rich opportunity for sharing ideas and mutual learning. Teaching has been designed by TBA and will draw on the inspiration and challenges associated with many years of working in Africa.

You will learn tools and approaches that you can apply to your own project, while gaining real life examples of best practice and common pitfalls to avoid.

Taught by the Tropical Biology Association (TBA).

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Citizen science in Africa

Citizen science is changing conservation efforts across the world. This rapidly growing approach is revolutionizing how environmental data is gathered and shared, and normalizing the engagement of citizens in contributing to science. The potential for Africans to use citizen science as a tool for protecting and managing biodiversity is huge, and one way to help boost its engagement is through capacity building. However conservation managers in Africa often lack skills needed to engage with citizen scientists and design protocols for the effective collection of data. Equally important, people need the capacity to analyze and use citizen science data so that it can be used to inform conservation policy and management. The TBA’s training courses provide these skills.  TBA is looking for partners to scale up this training within and beyond Africa.

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Boot Camp for Conservation Changemakers

26 November – 3 December 2019 15 October 2019

Tropical forests are fascinating and dynamic; they are part of Earth’s life support system.  They are refuges for an incredible number of plants and animals as well as the main source of mitigating climate change.  There is a pressing need to manage these precious ecosystems sustainably and raise awareness of how everyone can play a role in their conservation.

This is why we have developed our pioneering conservation Boot Camp.  This course will equip aspiring changemakers with the skills, knowledge and inspiration they need to work at the frontline of conservation: to ensure that our precious natural resources are maintained for generations to come.

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Making an impact with citizen science projects

21-25 October 2019 27 September 2019

There is a real appetite to use citizen science for advocacy to save Africa’s immense biodiversity wealth. However, update is hindered by a lack of capacity to effectively manage citizen science projects, and to translate citizen science data into effective decisions and actions. Building the capacity of scientists in Africa is therefore paramount if their citizen science projects are to succeed and benefit people and biodiversity.

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Site exchange & learning visits for capacity building

27- 29 May 2019 16 April 2019

Across the Madagascar and Indian Ocean biodiversity hotspot (MADIO),  Civil Society Organizations (CSO) deliver conservation projects that often require the involvement of local communities and other relevant stakeholders. These CSOs therefore need the right skills for effective stakeholder engagement for successful project implementation. The TBA site exchange & learning visit is designed to provide these CSOs with an opportunity to share knowledge and skills, and gain practical experience in engaging local communities and in joint management of protected areas while also exploring new opportunities for collaboration.

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Citizen science in Africa – making it work for conservation

8 – 12 April 2019 31 January 2019

Across Africa, citizen science is producing a growing body of data and inspiring significant numbers of people to connect with local and national conservation issues. This exciting development has led to an urgent need for training to enable African scientists to analyse and interpret these data in order to generate useful outputs to inform practice and policy.

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Developing sustainable civil society organisations

4 - 9 February 2019 28 December

Civil society organisations (CSO) working in the Madagascar and Indian Ocean biodiversity hotspot (MADIO) need to respond effectively to counter growing threats to biodiversity and to help develop sustainable livelihoods. This Master class is designed to give key staff  the skills they need to deliver well-designed projects that will have measurable impacts on the ground.

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Mangrove restoration

31 July - 4 August 2018 Applications are now closed

Globally, mangroves are being lost at a rate that is three to four times higher than the average rate of forest loss.

This TBA course – developed in collaboration with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and the Kenyan community initiative, Mikoko Pamoja – addresses the urgent priority to give African conservationists and project managers the skills they need to restore and manage mangroves sustainably.

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Developing the impact of civil society organisations

9 - 13 April 2018, Madagascar Applications are now closed

This TBA Master Class is designed to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations working in conservation and sustainable development in Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands: the so-called MADIO biodiversity hotspot.

With a focus on designing impact-based projects, the Master Class will also provide an opportunity to share ideas and experience on managing CSO’s sustainably, and to strengthen the value of networks in enhancing conservation actions in the hotspot.

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Build your communication and publishing skills

13 - 18 August 2018, Cambridge UK Applications are now closed

Publishing scientific research widens access to information and thus influences future research and conservation. It also adds credibility to research because papers must be peer reviewed. However, publication rates of scientists from African countries are low compared to the amount of research they do.

 

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