24 May 27 May
From 24 May 2021 until 27 May 2021 - CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
University of Porto
Nowadays, it is vital that researchers can address the ongoing biodiversity crisis in a most practical way. One of the main tools to halt biodiversity decline is the development of science- and economy-based target conservation projects, either focusing in high conservation value species or areas, from protected areas to rural landscapes. The goal of this advanced course is to empower students with skills and knowledge to draft and develop projects plans and proposals for conservation. The course will be divided into four parts: project planning, drafting and management indicators, case study analysis of conservation projects, field visit and a student project proposal acceleration competition. From the large scale project to the local action, students will be prepared for the challenges of conservation, irrespective of working with governmental agencies, NGOs or private initiatives. We strongly suggest for participants to bring forth their conservation ideas!


The present course is to be carried out in person at CIBIO’s facilities. However, if due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are imposed then classes will be done remotely. In that case, Day 3 that includes the field trip will be cancelled. 

Day 1
- Biodiversity Conservation in the 21st Century: Challenges in the Age of all Dangers
- International and European Conservation Policy
- Is Biodiversity Conservation Strategic to Business? Spoiler Alert: Yes
- Conservation projects: Benchmarking & Best Practices
- From Ideation to Planning: Engaging with Public & Private Stakeholders

Day 2
- Where’s the Green? Economics, Financials and Funding 
- Precisely Wrong or Vaguely Correct? Protocols, Tools and Metrics

Day 3
- Field trip
- Field trip

Day 4
- GreenCelerator – student project proposal acceleration competition
- GreenCelerator – student project proposal acceleration competition: award

Schedule: 10:00 to 17:30 every day of the course, lunch between 13:00 and 14:00

Hugo Rebelo | CIBIO-InBIO | BatEco - Bat Ecology
Nuno Oliveira | NBI - Natural Business Intelligence 

The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.

75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students.
 Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80 € (students) | 150 € (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%.
Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students

Registration deadline: April 22, 2021
All applicants will be notify about whether they are accept until April 30, 2021