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.
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
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.
Registration (closes 1st June 2015)