SAC Research Conferences – Register NOW!

Research is at the heart of who we are as a School.  We are therefore excited to announce some of the forthcoming research conferences.  These are open to staff and students and attract a impressive array of speakers. Make sure you book soon as places are limited.

People-talkingTowards a Sustainable and Legal Wildlife Trade

18th & 19th June

The conservation of flora and fauna is in crisis. Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife are pushing a number of iconic species towards extinction. In the legal trade there is a mixed picture of successful trade models combined with unsustainable harvesting levels of animals, plants and timber, and poor animal welfare and governance.

In this international 2 day symposium we aim to enhance understanding on how to support a trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives are to:

  • foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines.
  • provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy.
  • establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.

External contributors to this event include:

  • Dr. Rosie Cooney, Chair, IUCN CEESP/SSC (SULi): Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group
  • Dr. Alexander Kasterine Head, Trade and Environment Unit at the International Trade Centre (UN/WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr. Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation, KERING
  • Professor Jon Hutton, UNEP-WCMC and Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resource Use at DICE
  • Professor Nigel Leader Williams, Director of Conservation Leadership in the Department of Geography, and a Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • Professor EJ Milner Gulland, Professor in Conservation Science, Division of Biology, Imperial College, London
  • Michael ‘tSas Rolfes, Independent natural resource economist

More information.

handsThe Anthropology of Hands

24th – 26th June

This three-day event will explore how the hands of humans and other primates function as interactive links to the world around us. The conference will bring together a wide range of scholars to examine how hands serve life: to feed, to communicate, to nurture. We aim to map what is known of hands from multiple perspectives, including human evolution, biology, ecology and psychology. Speakers include:

  • Prof. Mary Marzke (Arizona State University, USA) on the evolution of the human hand and tool use
  • Prof. Carel van Schaik (University of Zurich, Switzerland) on hand use in our closest living relatives, the great apes
  • Prof. Jean Clottes (Ministry of Culture, France) on the use of hands in European and Indian cave art.
  • Dr. Gillian Forrester (University of Westminster, UK) on the development of handedness and cognition in human children and great apes.
  • Prof. Daniel Hutto (University of Hertfordshire, UK) on how the human hand (and the activities it makes possible) is responsible for our awakening to agency out of mechanism.
  • Prof. Sotaro Kita (University of Warwick, UK) on the development of gesture and language
  • Prof. David Napier (University College London, UK) the role of handedness by relation to symbolic anthropology.
  • Prof. Christina Toren (University of St Andrews, Scotland) on touching and being touched; how we shape the world.

More information

Registration (closes 1st June 2015)

 

 

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