Preliminary Program

Pre-Conference Training (Sept. 15 – 16, 2018)

We are planning to host a pre-conference training workshop, aimed at early- or mid-career professionals in wildlife and conservation management. The workshop will focus on methods and tools needed for a successful integration of human dimensions, e.g. communication, education, human-wildlife conflict resolution, and stakeholder engagement. It also fosters the exchange among field practitioners and will be a good preparation for the conference, especially if you are a first-time attendee. For more information please see the training program or please inquire at

 Preliminary Conference Program 
Sunday, September 16, 2018
08:00-17:00 Registration Desk open Conference Center
17:00-18:30Welcome ReceptionConference Center
Welcoming remarks by the organizers
Welcome addresses:
-                N.N. (Deputy Mayor of the City of Goslar)
-                Michael Manfredo, Colorado State University
-                Heribert Hofer, IZW
-                Christoph Heinrich, WWF
Day-Capper (tbd):
Followed by appetizers/drinks and historic city walk
Monday, September 17, 2018
06:30 - 8:30 BreakfastHotel Restaurant
(Registration desk opens at 7:00 a.m.)
08:30 -10:00 Conference Opening and Plenary SessionConference Center
Welcome Message by the Lower Saxon Minister of the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection – Olaf Lies
Attitudes towards conservation and their consequences for 21st century conservation management – Beate Jessel
Human and wildlife co-existence challenges in Europe: How can we develop perspectives for better integration into policies and management actions / For a better integration of human dimensions into Natura 2000 management – Humberto Delgado Rosa
Video message by the EU Commissioner of Environment and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella
General discussion with questions from the audience
10:00-10:30Coffee Break Conference Center Lobby
10:30-12:00Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops AConference Center
12:00-13:00LunchConference Center Lobby
13:00- 13:45Plenary InterventionConference Center
Alistair Bath, Professor in Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Honest answers, interest-driven knowledge and feedback to study subjects: Current practices vs. best practices in studying the human dimensions of wildlife
14:00-16:00Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops BConference Center
16:00-16:30 Coffee BreakConference Center Lobby
16:30-18:30Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops CConference Center
18:30-21:00 Poster & Pasta Session (with appetizers/drinks)Conference Center
End of Day 1
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
06:30 – 8:30BreakfastHotel Restaurant
08:30- 10:00Plenary SessionConference Center
Catherine Hill, Professor in Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University
Accelerating understanding and improving management of human-wildlife conflict by applying an anthropological perspective
10:00-10:30Coffee BreakConference Center Lobby
10:30-12:00Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops DConference Center
12:00-13:00LunchConference Center Lobby
13:00-13:45Plenary impulse
Maria Johansson, Professor in Environmental Psychology, Lund University, Sweden
The emotional appraisal of wildlife populations: Fear, interventions to reduce fear, and their management implications
14:00-16:00Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops EConference Center
16:00-16:30Coffee BreakConference Center Lobby
16:30-18:00Concurrent Parallel Sesssions and Workshops FConference Center
18:15-18:45Day Capper
Bram Büscher, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands
The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene
End of Day 2 (Enjoy your free evening in the old town of Goslar!)
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Stakeholder Day
In today’s programme, we are expecting additional participation in the conference from interested stakeholder groups such as land owners and conservation managers, livestock owners, hunters and anglers – made possible by the EU LIFE Project “Euro Large Carnivores.” Expect lively discussions between practitioners and scientists.
06:30 – 8:30BreakfastHotel Restaurant
08:30 – 10:00Plenary Stakeholder Session – presented by the EU LIFE Project Euro Large CarnivoresConference Center
Challenges for human-wildlife co-existence in Europe – Stakeholder involvement and community-based approaches in conservation
Two plenary impulses (15 minutes each)
Impulse 1: The Lynx Parliament at Palatinate Forest, Germany – Jochen Krebühl, Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz
Impulse 2: tbd
Followed by panel discussion with the audience.
10:00-10:30Coffee BreakConference Center Lobby
10:30-12:00Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops GConference Center
12:00-13:00LunchConference Center Lobby
13:00-13:45Plenary InterventionConference Center
Alexandra Zimmermann, Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force; Head of Conservation Science at Chester Zoo; Research Fellow at WildCRU, Oxford University
Key Principles for Understanding and Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflicts
14:00-15:30Concurrent Parallel Sessions and Workshops HConference Center
15:30-16:00Coffee BreakConference Center Lobby
16:00-18:00Panel DiscussionConference Center
Solutions to human-wildlife conflicts in Europe – What lessons can we learn from other parts of the world?
Alexandra Zimmermann, IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, UK
Margaret Kinnaird, Wildlife Practice, WWF International, Nairobi, Kenya
Virat Singh, Special Correspondant, Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, India
Jochen Krebühl, Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (tbd)
Maria Johansson, Lund University, Sweden
Goslar Declaration – Resolution on the better integration of human dimensions into conservation management in Europe and call to legislators/decision makers to address funding and research needs
19:00-22:00Conference DinnerHotel Ballroom
Dinner Presentation: How Storytelling provides appropriate narratives for human – wildlife – conflict solution scenarios
Jennifer Croes, Conservation Scientist and Communicator, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
End of Day 3 (Conference ends)