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The Conservation Research Institute Early Career Researcher Programme 

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Programme at University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute 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 the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute'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.

These events are only available to all staff, post-docs and students across the University of Cambridge.


Fri 16 Oct
2pm - 3pm 
Meet the Researchers
Part of the CRI Conference, presentations from key academics followed by an overview of the research including: Professor Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor David Coomes, Dr Andrew Friend, Dr Leo Zhaoyang Liu, Professor Bill Sutherland, Dr Chris Sandbrook and Professor Bhaskar Vira. Please register for this event through the CRI Conference event page here.
Fri 30 Oct 
11am - 12.30pm 
Grant Writing Workshop - Professor Bhaskar Vira

Professor Vira will provide an overview for those of you thinking about writing grant applications or wanting to prepare yourself for when the time comes. 

Fri 20 Nov
12pm - 1pm
Doing Research from a Distance: Part 1 - Charlotte Milbank
In light of the travel restrictions under the COVID-19 pandemic many research fieldwork plans have been disrupted. The uncertainty of future travel means that researchers are having to re-think their fieldwork plans and adjust their research accordingly. This session will hear from a variety of panellists covering how to conduct remote research, build off adversity and seize opportunities to explore novel insights and methodologies.
Fri 22 Jan
12pm - 2pm
Conservation and Human Behaviour - Dr Claudia Schneider

This session will explore the psychology underlying human behaviour generally as well as applied to the context of conservation, such as barriers that prevent and levers that can motivate pro-environmental action.

Fri 5 February 12pm - 1pm
Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis - Dr Phil Martin
Evidence synthesis is vital for informing decisions on the environm. This interactive workshop will show you how to conduct a robust systematic review, synthesise evidence, and assess different types of biases. We will use case-studies to show how synthesis can address major global questions and explore cutting-edge tools to improve and speed up systematic review
Fri 19 Feb
12pm - 1pm
Doing Research from a Distance: Part 2 - Charlotte Milbank
A more in depth discussion on one of the ways of doing research at a distance discussed in the first session on 13 November. You will have the opportunity to vote for which one will be discussed.
Fri 5 Mar
11am - 1pm
User-Centred Design - Alice Lawrence

This session will give an overview of user-centred design (UCD): a process whereby the enduser is involved in the design of an interface or document. We will use a case study from the field of medical communications to explore the different steps of UCD, and how it has been applied within conservation.

Thur - Fri 11 - 12 Mar
Media Workshop

This is a two half-day online Media Workshop designed specifically for ECR's to build their research profile in the non-specialised media. The training will be given by ex-BBC journalists with decades of experience. In this hands-on-course you will prepare exercises and interviews tailored for your research. There is a maximum of 15 attendees for this workshop. Please register through Eventbrite.

Fri 30 Apr
11am - 1pm
Moving Methods Online - Lucy Goodman
Learn more about how to do social science research when travel and face-to-face are limited during the pandemic. From ethical to logistics issues, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and take a deep dive into one case study that uses zoom to facilitate a Q methodology study done entirely online.  
Fri 14 May 12pm - 1pm

Policy Analysis - Professor Laura Diaz-Anadon

Professor Laura Diaz-Anadon will lead this workshop on how to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals generated by government policies and policy makers.

Fri 28 May 12pm - 1pm

R-Shiny - Dr Tom Swinfield

Shiny is an R package that makes it easy to build interactive web apps straight from R. You can host standalone apps on a webpage or embed them in R Markdown documents.

Fri 11 June 12pm - 1pm

Creative Communication - Carmyn de Jonge

This workshop is designed for those looking to explore effective communication through versatile designs of poster, booklets and presentations.