It is often said that the only constant in life is change. With this in mind, I’m pleased to announce that the 26th Annual Latornell Conservation Symposium theme is “Currents of Change : Inspiring, Creating, Transforming”. This theme is timely in that change is happening in all facets of our lives now with greater frequency and speed. Economic, social, environmental and political changes are ever present and highlighted through technology and social media. While change can be negative, it can also be an immense positive enhancement, a way to look at things in a different light, re-examine, re-tool and move onto the challenge at hand.
The 26th Latornell Conservation Symposium will highlight how we adapt to change in our work and how adapting to change helps the people involved with conservation and our communities move the environmental yardstick forward. Through keynote speakers, presentations, case studies and tours, this year’s conference will highlight conservation programs and projects with a focus on new collaborations, new ways of working, communicating the science, Indigenous perspectives and traditional knowledge, inspirational stories, social sciences and behavior change.
The Latornell Conservation Symposium is an annual event. The forum provides an opportunity to learn from each other and provides a forum for practitioners, students, academics, politicians, and non-government organizations to network and discuss challenges and opportunities in the conservation field. It is an opportunity for you to highlight what exciting program or project you are working on or simply how you work towards conservation in an ever changing environment. It is a challenging time but the conference is an exciting opportunity to understand how change impacts on our lives, careers, programs and projects through inspiration, creativity and transformation.
We are very excited about this year’s symposium and we hope that you and your colleagues are just as excited and respond to our call for presentations. The Latornell Conservation Symposium website and newsletter provide a range of details on this year’s symposium and topics and how we adapt and benefit from change. Submit your proposals via the website and we are looking for presentations, workshops, training and tour proposals.
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We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in November
Latornell Symposium Chair