Preliminary Program

Preliminary program overview

Pre-Conference Training Workshop (Sept. 15 and 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 inquire at – and stayed tuned for further information.


Sept. 16, 2018

  • Participants’ arrival throughout the day; registration desk opens at 14:00.
  • Welcome reception from 17:00 – 18:30 at the conference hotel.

Welcoming remarks by the organizers

Welcome addresses:

Oliver Junk (Mayor of the City of Goslar)



The integration of human dimensions into natural resources from a global political perspective – Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel is a Goslar native and resident. He is a member of the German Bundestag. His political career includes the positions of minister president of Lower Saxony (2002-2003), German Minister of the Environment (2005-2009), German Minister of Economics (2013-2017), and since February 2017, German Foreign Minister.


Followed by appetizers/drinks


Sept. 17, 2018

  • 8:30 – 10:00        Conference Opening and Plenary Session

Welcome Message by the Lower Saxon Minister of the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection – Olaf Lies

Olaf Lies is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and has been appointed to his current position in November 2017. Prior to this, he served as the Minister of Economics, Labor and Transportation in Lower Saxony from 2013 to 2017. Since 2008, he is a member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony. An electrical engineer by training, his academic career involves projects in software and hardware development and teaching in the fields of informatics and renewable energy technologies. In addition, he worked in international development projects on solar-powered drinking water supply systems in Cameroon.


Attitudes towards conservation and their consequences for 21st century conservation management – Beate Jessel

Beate Jessel is a professor of landscape ecology and planning. Since 2007, she holds the position of President of the Federal Nature Conservation Agency (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN), located in Bonn.

Beate Jessel studied landscape management at the Technical University (TU) of Munich in Freising-Weihenstephan. In 1992, she became Head of Division for “Environmentally-Oriented Planning” at the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management in Laufen. Before that, she had worked for several years as a scientific assistant and project manager at a landscape management consultancy near Freising.
In 1999, Beate Jessel was appointed Professor of Landscape Planning at the Institute of Geoecology of the University of Potsdam. In 2006, she moved to the Technical University of Munich, where she held the Chair of Strategy and Management in Landscape Development.



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

Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission, since November 2015. His Directorate’s mission is to protect, conserve and enhance the EU’s natural capital in the areas of biodiversity, nature, land and soil, forests and nutrient cycles, as well as overseeing the LIFE Programme for nature and the environment. Prior to this position, he was the director for mainstreaming adaptation and low carbon technology in DG Climate Action, European Commission. He has relevant experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal from March 2005 to June 2011. In 2007 he was EU lead negotiator for the UN Climate Change Conference, during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council. Between 1995 and 2002 he was advisor for environmental matters to the Prime Minister of Portugal. H. Delgado Rosa holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, and was a professor and researcher at the University of Lisbon, with experience in animal biology, biodiversity and life science ethics. Born in Lisbon in 1960, he is the father of two, and he is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Video message by the EU Commissioner of Environment and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella

General discussion with questions from the audience

  • 10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 12:00     Concurrent parallel sessions and Workshops A
  • 12:00 – 13:00     Lunch
  • 13:00 – 13:45     Intervention

Plenary impulse

Alistair Bath, Professor in Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Topic: Human beings as research subjects in human dimensions of wildlife – consequences for researchers in terms of ethical considerations and feedback mechanisms

  • 14:00 – 16:00     Concurrent sessions B
  • 16:00 – 16:30     Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 18:00     Concurrent sessions C
  • 18:30 – 20:00     Poster session


Sept. 18, 2018

  • 8:30 – 10:00        Concurrent sessions D

Plenary Session

Catherine Hill, Professor in Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University

Topic: how biologically oriented actors in the conservation field (such as conservation managers, conservation scientists or government agency representatives) would benefit by incorporating an anthropological perspective in their work.

  • 10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 12:00     Concurrent parallel sessions and workshops D
  • 12:00 – 13:00     Lunch
  • 13:00 – 13:45
Plenary impulse

Maria Johansson, Professor in Environmental Psychology, Lund University, Sweden

Topic: Environmental psychology perspective on the understanding of human – environment transactions, and human responses to environmental change as a starting point and then looking into emotional appraisal of (increasing) wildlife populations, in particular fear as well as possible interventions to reduce fear (of large carnivores), and its implications for management in relation to human-wildlife conflicts.

  • 14:00 – 16:00     Concurrent sessions E
  • 16:00 – 16:30     Coffee break
  • 16:30 – 18:00     Concurrent sessions F


Sept. 19, 2018

  • 8:30 – 10:00        Concurrent sessions G
  • 10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break
  • 10:30 – 12:00     Concurrent parallel sessions and workshops H
  • 12:00 – 13:00     Lunch
  • 13:00 – 13:45

Plenary impulse

Jennifer Croes, Conservation Scientist and Communicator, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Topic: Narratives in conservation – “broadcasting” conservation messages, transporting the results of scientific studies to a wider public by using storytelling as a method.

  • 14:00 – 15:30     Concurrent sessions H
  • 15:30 – 16:00     Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 18:00     Final session and closing remarks

Plenary Stakeholder Discussion

Solutions to human-wildlife conflicts in Europe – What lessons can we learn from other parts of the world?

Moderator: Alexandra Zimmermann, Chester Zoo (tbc)

Participants: to be named by Euro Large Carnivores Project (various stakeholders from Mediterranean, Southeastern Europe, etc.)

Goslar Declaration (resolution on the better integration of human dimensions into conservation management in Europe)

  • 19:00 – 22:00     Conference Dinner & Closing Remarks