Available courses

    Designing conservation projects and measuring impact

    The need for robust conservation projects has never been more acute as we confront the global climate emergency and biodiversity crisis.

    That is why TBA has developed this course on designing projects and measuring impacts. The online course is designed to be dynamic, interactive, and provides ample opportunity for sharing ideas and mutual learning. We use examples and case studies and our teaching draws on the inspiration and challenges associated with many years of working in Africa.

    Scientific Writing and Publication

    This course is designed to help conservation scientists communicate the importance and impact of their work. Participants will learn how to write engaging copy and present results. The course will include modules on how to select scientific journals and engage with editors and reviewers. This addresses the issue that conservationists from tropical countries have relatively low publication rates. This course is based on our in situ courses that TBA has run for young African conservation scientists which produced a tangible increase in published papers from the participants. You will learn tools and approaches that you can apply to your own scientific writing, while gaining real life examples of best practice and common pitfalls to avoid.

    Ecosystem services and nature based solutions

    Ecosystem services and natural capital, and the application of nature-based solutions is receiving a growing profile among conservationists and decision makers worldwide. This course will help fill the capacity gap in understanding these concepts (they span both ecology and economics) and in how to measure them so they can be used in conservation management and advocacy. The course will cover the links between nature and human well-being, and stimulate thinking about how conservationists can use this in their projects on the ground. 

    Communicating conservation impacts in the hotspots

    This masterclass targets staff of civil society organizations (CSOs) working in conservation in the East Melanesia Islands Biodiversity Hotspot. It is particularly suitable for staff holding core communication responsibilities in their organization. Participants will also have experience working with the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

    Lasting about three weeks, the masterclass will strength CSOs’ communication capacity, making them more effective at persuading people that conservation is important, and sustaining their conservation impacts.

    Institutional Management and Leadership

    This masterclass is particularly suitable for heads of emerging civil society organizations working with communities at the grassroot level.  This includes senior managers, directors and presidents who are responsible for their organization’s strategic missions.

    Lasting about three weeks, the masterclass will strength organizational capacity around strategic planning; leadership and governance; and gender, communities and social diversity.

    Decolonising fieldwork

    This course will shift 'post-colonial' perceptions so that overseas researchers can relate more equitably with their host counterparts, and ultimately carry out more successful research. It will increase the likelihood of future collaborative research between University of Oxford departments and the host countries, identifying promising avenues of novel research and mutually beneficial partnerships.

    Created for University of Oxford by the Tropical Biology Association 

    Funded by the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and the MPLS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fund

    Women in Conservation Leadership Programme

    Women in Conservation Leadership Programme for the IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP).

    Women in conservation often face challenges additional to those experienced by men. Such barriers can erode an individual’s ability to reach their full potential and to progress into leadership positions. We believe that tackling these challenges and empowering women conservationists in this region is critical for long-term, sustainable and successful conservation of ASAP species.

    Workshop 1: Project design and proposal development (21st – 25th June 2021)

    Workshop 2: Fundraising skills (26th – 30th July 2021)

    Workshop 3: Leadership and communication (8th – 12th November 2021)

    Workshop 4: Leadership in practice