Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bengaluru-2012 Plenaries
This year we had three excellent scientific plenaries by Vidya Athreya, Aaron Lobo and David Wescott. All three talks were very well received by students and other participants.
Public engagement at SCCS:
SCCS Bangalore believes in engaging with the public on key conservation issues. Towards this SCCS organized several events that were open to the public. These include talks, discussions and workshops.
There were public plenaries on all the three evenings of the conference. The first Ravi Sankaran Memorial Lecture was held in collaboration with the Ravi Sankaran Foundation and was delivered by noted historian and conservationist Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan. This talk was held in memory of Dr. Ravi Sankaran, one of India’s prominent conservation biologists.
The renowned science writer David Quammen, author of landmark books like Song of the Dodo, spoke about conservation and science from tigers to viruses, taking the students on a tour of his explorations with various scientists across remote parts of the globe. Quammen, is the recipient of awards like the John Burroughs Medal, the New York Public Library/Helen Bernstein Award, and (in Britain) the BP Natural World Book Prize. His book has been on the top of New York Times Book Review. Mr. Quammen also interacted with students separately on popular science writing through two SCCS workshops. Bittu Sahgal from Sanctuary Asia spoke to students about his experiences with India’s foremost conservation magazine – Sanctuary Asia.
WHO’S WHO SESSION
This year the Who’s Who session to facilitate interaction between students and conservation practitioners elicited good response. Twenty eight institutions/organizations registered for the Who’s Who session and was appreciated by the students