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UCCRI Conference

We look forward to welcoming you to the UCCRI conference, on 24 September 2019, in the David Attenborough Building. This will be an excellent event at which we will feature some of our collective work in relation to conservation, focusing on the value of interdisciplinarity, and offering opportunities to colleagues from across the full range, especially our Early Career Researchers. 


24 September 2019, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm plus evening drinks and canapes

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, CB2 3QZ 

Please click here to register for the conference


We are now inviting various formats for submission, these being:

These submissions should fall into one or more of UCCRI’s Themes. Please indicate which one when submitting.

These can be submitted in the format of a written abstract of 200 words max or in a one-minute video clip. Please send us your abstracts by completing the link below by 22 August 2019. ** EXTENSION DEADLINE ** 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Delivering the Blueprint: Advancing integration of nature’s values into public policy.

CCI conference, DAB, September 19-20th. 

The argument that nature plays a fundamental role in societal wellbeing and economic prosperity is now broadly accepted. The argument that the values of nature therefore need to be better reflected in policy, planning and decision making is also broadly accepted. Blueprints, commitments and high level plans to do this abound, from the seminal Blueprint for a Green Economy three decades ago to the OECD’s own advice to the G7 nations this year. Yet nature continues to be lost at unprecedented rates. 

This conference, hosted by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative with support from the OECD CRP, focuses on practical examples of putting theory into practice. Day 1 focuses on a range of examples of how the barriers to integrating nature’s values are being tackled from across the OECD and beyond whilst Day 2 focuses on crystallising the lessons learned and how these can feed into future policy development, with a particular focus on the unique experience and opportunity presented by the UK.

The conference represents an excellent opportunity for policy makers, academics and conservation practitioners to hear from those making practical progress in the field and to discuss how best to apply this to their individual contexts.

For more information and registration:

CambPlants Policy Lunch

Do you want to know more about how you can get politicians and policy-makers to hear about your research? CambPlants Policy Lunch, will deliver an informal and informative discussion about different ways that researchers can get involved in science policy, while enjoying a delicious free lunch!

19th September, 12.30 - 13.30

Tom ap Rees Lecture Theatre, Plant Sciences Building, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EA

Lauren Milden, Centre for Science and Policy

Franziska Fischer, Plant Sciences and on The Royal Society of Biology's Education and Science Policy Committee; and

Erin Cullen, Plant Sciences and former intern at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST).

Please find the event link at:

Please register beforehand with Karen Hlaba at to secure your free place.

Rewilding Workshop, 7th and 14th September
This workshop is being held for people who have a serious interest in rewilding and are keen to make that a focus of practical work in their lives.
Rewilding workshop at Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands you will gain in-depth practical experience of rewilding at one of Scotland's most beautiful glens.

RSPB Science Awards and lecture

RSPB are hosting the Science Awards and lecture on 9th October. This event will include a lecture from Prof. Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Societal of London, as well as the presentation of an award recognising excellence in a PhD student and the second for a scientific paper of high conservation importance.

Annual Public Health@Cambridge Network Showcase 2019: Planetary Health, 15 November, DAB
Jointly hosted by UCCRI and Public Health. Sir David King will deliver the keynote speech on the topic of Planetary Health “Safeguarding both human health and the natural systems that underpin it”. Click here to register

Annual Meeting of Minds Symposis, 22 November, Cripps Court, Cambridge
Cambridge Infectious Diseases are putting together a wide-ranging programme, highlighting areas where working closer together can make an impact in human and animal health. Read more here


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UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, with a network of over 150 researchers from all 6 Schools of the University of Cambridge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It works from a base in the David Attenborough Building, which is designed to enhance collaboration and the sharing of perspectives across organisational and disciplinary boundaries. Find out more...

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