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Educating future professionals in conservation science: The challenges of an interdisciplinary field

Golfomitsou, S; (2015) Educating future professionals in conservation science: The challenges of an interdisciplinary field. Studies in Conservation , 60 (Supp 2) pp. 39-47. 10.1080/00393630.2015.1117864. Green open access

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Abstract

Training and education paths in conservation science have been the subject of ongoing debate over the last two decades. A key issue is that conservation science, although not a new field, is not adequately defined, which leads to a lack of consensus regarding the competencies needed. During the ICCROM Forum 2013 on Conservation Science, education for conservation scientists was discussed, with a particular focus on those necessary competencies which exceed the scientific domain. This paper reflects on the outcomes of these discussions as well as the results of surveys carried out by ICCROM in preparation for the Forum on education, job advertisements, and the relationship between conservation professionals and science. Challenges identified included current professional paths, dissemination of scientific findings, use of specialized terminology, and the need for professionals who serve more than one area of specialization. These challenges could be viewed as an opportunity to revise and modify educational programmes. New interactive platforms could be used to facilitate participative science projects, and could change the way projects are carried out in the near future.

Type: Article
Title: Educating future professionals in conservation science: The challenges of an interdisciplinary field
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2015.1117864
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2015.1117864
Language: English
Additional information: Distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 International License (CC-BY-NC), as described at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. This license permits non-commercial use, including reproduction, adaptation, and distribution of the article provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Conservation science, Education, Interdisciplinary research, Transdisciplinarity, Participative science, ICCROM
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: International
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: International > UCL - Qatar
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474946
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