Noreen Mutoro, TBA alumna (Segera, 2013) shares her experience at this years’ SCCS conference in Bangalore
The 6th edition of the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) was held at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore – India, from 8 to 11 September 2015. The four-day event attracted over 1000 of Africa and Asia’s brightest conservation researchers and featured participants mainly from the South & South East Asia and Africa.
During the conference, I was pleased to present my research findings on “Assessment of cheetah prey base outside protected areas in Southern Kenya“, where I received very useful feedback which will enrich my study. There was never a dull moment during the conference as we were highly engaged in a myriad of edifying activities which included 20 student talks touching on various issues to do with biodiversity conservation, 80 visual student presentations, 7 plenary talks from some of the world’s most influential personalities in environmental conservation and over 40 long and short workshops all focusing on the theme of conservation.
The conference also included public events such as early morning bird walks which were not only enlightening but also very entertaining. Evening walks to view the highly endangered loris at the IISc grounds were also arranged. In addition, a “Who’s Who in Conservation” session was held exclusively for participants to meet and interact with various conservation agencies (NGOs, research institutions and university departments). The session provided an opportunity for conference participants to learn about the work of these agencies as well as discuss possible career opportunities and collaborative work. Upon the event’s conclusion, all those who were in attendance were treated to a thrilling post conference trip to Bheemeshwari Nature and Adventure Camp, situated 100 kilometres from Bengaluru.
End of an awe-inspiring experience
During the trip, we got to experience the diverse flora and fauna (birds, mugger crocodiles and otters) along the forest nature trails, elephant corridors and Bheemeshwari River. A scenic coracle ride on Bheemeshwari River marked the end of the awe-inspiring experience at the SCCS- Benguluru conference in Incredible India.
“I am most grateful to the organisers for this wonderful opportunity. It was a great learning experience, which is already proving beneficial to my studies.”
The SCCS series in Cambridge, Australia, Beijing, Bangalore, New York and Hungary is the only international series of conservation conferences aimed entirely at students from biological, environmental and geography departments of universities as well as conservation and resource management agencies. The Tropical Biology Association co-organises the Cambridge series.