Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

The Pathways Europe team is thrilled to announce the following speaker for Pathways Europe 2022. Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced soon!

Art and emotions: How art can influence our perception of the wolf

21 October 2022, 9:00 AM CET

Megafauna restoration: legal and moral obligations and challenges

20 October 2022, 9:00 AM CET

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Jana Malin formerly developed innovative educational models in cooperation with businesses and scientists. She subsequently took over a management and leadership role for the Academy in New Media and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Graz. Even back then, the importance of values and creativity were a integral focal point of her work. During this time, she pursued her passion for photography and painting, until she experienced for the first time – a wolf in 2010. This encounter led her to the exploration and photography of the life of wild wolves. The months of observations have given her not only pictures but also deep insights into the lives of wolves. Exhibitions and art events aim to inspire people to learn more about wolves and nature. The dialogue between art and science that Jana Malin establishes in her art events is intended to increase our connection to nature. At the same time, these events should provide inspirations that will lead us to creative solutions for coexistence across disciplines.

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Art & Science

Works with wild wolf populations

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Arie Trouwborst is an Associate Professor of Environmental Law, interested in understanding and improving the contribution of (international and European) law to the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of biodiversity. Trouwborst received an LLM (2001) and PhD (2006) from Utrecht University. He authored various books and numerous journal articles on a range of legal instruments, countries, species and topics. He frequently conducts advisory work for international entities (e.g., Bern Convention on European Wildlife, Convention on Migratory Species, IUCN), national governments, and NGOs. Much of Trouwborst’s current research concerns megafauna (large mammals). Recent publications address, e.g., megafauna restoration; wolf management; leopard trophy export quotas; rhinoceros conservation; and conservation translocations. Trouwborst is an Extraordinary Associate Professor at North-West University, South Africa, and a certified wildlife tracker (level Track & Sign III).

Arie Trouwborst

Associate Professor of Environmental Law

Tilburg Law School

Embracing Wildlife Comeback in Europe

19 October 2022, 9:00 AM CET

Cultural origins shape Euro-American differences in values toward wildlife

20 October 2022, 1:00 PM CET

Why fear for emotion is a threat to wildlife conservation

21 October 2022, 1:00 PM CET

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Raquel Filgueiras was born in 1972 in a small coastal village in northern Portugal. Like many other Portuguese, the ocean, and her curiosity led her to a career that now spans three continents and numerous countries.

Having started on the plains of southern Portugal, she quickly switched her attention to Africa, moving there to help the IUCN develop a tourism plan for the Parque Nacional do Rio Cacheu in Guinea-Bissau. Forced to leave the country by civil war, she eventually joined The Nature Conservancy in the Eastern Caribbean, where she led the Grenadines Parks in Peril Programme, setting up a network of marine protected areas between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The call of Africa was still strong, however. After a decade away, she returned, this time to Mozambique to work with communities living around Gorongosa National Park, one of the first privately run protected areas in Africa.

Raquel believes strongly in the innovative power of the private sector as a force that can bring about positive change. Therefore, in 2010, she joined the African Parks Network to become Park Manager of Liuwa Plain National Park, a vast and remote, seasonally flooded grassland plain in western Zambia, on the border with Angola, where wilderness can be experienced first-hand.

After that, Raquel joined WWF in Zambia, where she led the Freshwater Programme for five years. Her team worked to maintain the connectivity of the Zambezi river basin, setting up water resource protection areas and protecting the natural flow of some of the region’s largest rivers.

In 2019 Raquel moved back to Europe where, as Head of Rewilding at Rewilding Europe, she is now supporting a network of Rewilding Landscapes across the continent. Raquel is driven by a desire to create space for nature, and a strong belief that humans benefit greatly when they connect with that nature. One of her favourite pastimes is to grab a backpack and disappear into nature, an activity she has been fortunate enough to enjoy in some of our planet’s wildest places.

Raquel Filgueiras

Head of Rewilding

Rewilding Europe

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Michael J. Manfredo is a Professor and Department Head in Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

He received his B.A. and M.S. degree from Penn State University and his Ph. D. from Colorado State University.

Prior to 1989, he held positions at the University of Illinois and at Oregon State University.

Mike’s research activities focus on the role of social science in natural resource management.

He has published in journals such as Wildlife Society Bulletin, Society and Natural Resources, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Forestry, Journal of Conservation Biology, Journal of Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Coastal Zone Management, North American Fisheries Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, and Society and Natural Resources.

He also has published books entitled Influencing Human Behavior: Theory and Applications in Recreation, Tourism and Natural Resources Management, and Who Cares about Wildlife?

He was the founding co-editor of the journal entitled Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

His work has also been reported in locations such as CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, New York Times, Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News.

Mike currently devotes a significant amount of time to studying Global Wildlife Values.

Michael J. Manfredo

Professor and Department Head

Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University

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Maarten Jacobs is assistant professor at the Cultural Geography Chair Group of Wageningen University. He uses social science theories and methods to examine human interactions with natural resources. Specifically, he aims to increase our understanding of the psychological mechanisms that bring about human emotions and thought about wildlife. He is one of the pioneers in the study of emotions toward wildlife. As his publications on emotion toward wildlife demonstrate, Maarten pursues a systematic and thorough approach, to include theory building, conceptual fine-tuning, methodological reviewing, and empirical studies using case studies, correlational research and experimental research, across different cultures. He has collaborated with scholars from different disciplines and different nations, and has been visiting scholar at Colorado State University and Bergen University.

Maarten Jacobs

Assistant Professor

Cultural Geography Group

Wageningen University & Research

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