The inaugural Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training took place in Estes Park, Colorado September 28 – October 2, 2008. This and the subsequent seven conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 were highly successful; each offered hundreds of research presentations by attendees from all around the globe.
The diversity of high-quality presentations, enthusiastic participation of trainers and training participants and the engaging dialogue across national, state and institutional boundaries all have helped to make this event truly remarkable.
Pathways is international in scope, with 30+ different countries regularly represented at our conferences. Based on positive input received from attendees we continue to reach out to a diverse audience to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field.
2019 will be the eighth iteration of Pathways with a return back to our flagship location in Estes Park, Colorado, after our two successful 2018 conferences in Namibia and Germany!
Pathways 2018 Europe Re-Cap
Pathways Europe 2018, hosted at the historic Hotel Der Achtermann in the medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Goslar, Germany, marked the first European conference in Pathways history, and the inaugural launch was a tremendous success.
Alongside our co-host, The Alfred Toeper Academy for Nature Conservation, we welcomed nearly 300 participants from across 39 countries—representing all types of scientists, practitioners, and stakeholders—to join in sharing their research and engaging in discussions critical to wildlife conservation both in Europe and across the globe.
Prior to the conference we had several trainings offered by Francine Madden (Center for Conservation Peacebuilding), Alistair Bath (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Tom Fish (U.S. National Park Service), the EU Life Project EuroLargeCarnivores, and our co-chair Eick von Ruschkowski (Alfred Toeper Academy for Nature Conservation).
Topics for the trainings ranged from practical hands-on skills for livestock protection to conservation conflict and human dimensions integration into wildlife management.
Thank you to our Pathways Europe 2018 sponsors, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, WWF and the EU Life Project, for their generous support in making Pathways Europe the wonderful conference that it was.