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Early Career Researcher Programme 2018-2019

UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme at UCCRI is designed to provide skill development and support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers within an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment.

The ECR programme is targeted at those whose research addresses conservation in the broadest sense which appeals to researchers across UCCRI’s network across all six Schools.

The programme is delivered through a variety of learning approaches and formats, emphasising the importance of interactive experience to promote active engagement for a deeper and enhanced cross-disciplinary understanding. By participating in these workshops, and the associated informal networking events, we provide participants opportunities to meet conservation-related researchers from other disciplines, creating the potential for closer collaboration in research.

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Please click here sign up in advance Please let us know if you book and need to cancel your place, to free up space for other attendees. 


Friday 3rd May, room 2.49, 12.30 pm to 2pm, lunch included

The Cost of Conservation

James Vause

It is important to recognise that both the scale of financial costs, and where they fall across society is not fixed and can be influenced by policy choices. It is also important not to view costs in isolation but to understand what they deliver in terms of benefits. This session will examine the balance of costs and benefits to different groups in society, and how this might be changed, helping to understand where protecting biodiversity can be made more incentive compatible.


Friday 10th May, lunch included
R Codes and Remote Sensing

Dr Ruben Valbeuna

We are delighted to welcome UCCRI’s Dr Ruben Valbuena, a Lecturer in Forest Science at Bangor University, who will be providing a four hour practical exercise with R codes related to the role of remote sensing in reducing emission from deforestation and forest degrada-tion (REDD). This will be an intensive and interactive session and will provide first-hand experience in the application of R stats


Friday 17th May, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included
Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement

Dr Lucinda Spokes

This session will be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and will introduce researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project.


Friday 24 May, room 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch included

Martin Lucas-Smith

This will be an introductory training session on WordPress, a popular system for creating professional-looking websites. The two-hour session will introduce you to the process of creating a website, and consider issues such as ensuring a good structure, writing style, and accessibility. By the end of the session you will have created a simple website on a theme of your choice, and will know where to look to take it further. You will need to bring your laptop.


Friday 31st May, room 2.49, 11pm to 1:00pm, lunch included
Conflict management

Sara Calçada

The objectives of this session are to experience a conflictual situation in a safe environment. Reflecting on the feelings that arise, causes of conflict and the importance of communication. It will explore the types of conflict that arise when the behaviours and/or goals of different stakeholders are incompatible; share experiences of the common categories of conflict in conservation; and increase knowledge of conflict analysis tools.

Friday 14th June, Gecko room, 10.30 am to 12.30pm, snacks included

Q Method

Dr Rachel Carmenta and Karen Wong-Perez

‘Q method’ allows systematic semi-quantitative analysis of perspectives (interpretations, feelings, understandings). Q involves qualitative methods to identify the broad gamut of perspectives existing around a topic of interest, and the use of quantitative data analysis to assess the multi-dimensional perspectives held by groups of people. In this workshop we will give a brief history of Q and its application in conservation and discuss the strengths and limitations of Q. The content will be brought to life through case studies of its application and a mini-Q sort conducted with participants.


Please click here sign up in advance Please let us know if you book and need to cancel your place, to free up space for other attendees. 

Past Events

Friday 12th October, Meet the Researcher

Friday 19th October, Grant Writing Workshop - Professor Bhaskar Vira

Friday 26th October, Community and Social Diversity, Helen Anthem and Rob Small, Fauna and Flora

Friday 2 November, Facilitation Skills Workshop - Dr Mary Beth Benbenek, Researcher Developer

Tuesday 13 November,  Leadership Talk: Charlotte Payne in conversation with Professor Julia Jones. Professor Jones selected key moments from her research career, following the Desert Island Discs format

Friday 16 November,  Visual Data - providing a visual impact with your research - Mr Toby Smith, Environmental Photojournalist. Workshop on how to get the best visual impact for your research

Friday 23rd November, Policy Analysis, Professor Laura Diaz Anadon. Workshop on how to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals generated by government policies and policy makers. 

Friday 30th November, Publishing for an Academic Audience, Dr Aiora Zabala. An intensive workshop around the key aspects of writing for an academic journal and audience.

Friday 18th January, Introduction to Governance, Fauna & Flora International- Laura Owens and Sara Calçada. The objectives for this session are to improve understanding of the basic components and principles of governance in a conservation context

Friday 25th January, Science and Policy- Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, Dr Jonny Wentworth. POST’s main interest is in evidence based scrutiny and how academic research can support this.

Friday 1st February, Project Management Skills for Early Career Researchers, Hawa Sydique, UCCRI. Key project management skills - the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.

Friday 8th February, Writing for a non-academic audience, Workshop provided by online journal, The Conversation . The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. 

Friday 26 April, Modelling Policies for the Global Power Sector, Dr Pablo Salas


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