January 2020: Nice start of the new year by travelling to lake Chiemsee in Bavaria and presenting at the German Bat Research Meeting 2020 about our stakeholder study of the ‘green-green dilemma’. I started working with bats in 2007 at lake Chiemsee, so it was a bit nostalgic to be back there. If you ever find yourself at lake Chiemsee: there is a bat exhibition on the Herreninsel! Worthwhile to see!
November 2019: I gave a talk at the conference of the bat working group Lower Saxony in the beautiful castle Mansfeld about the benefits of understanding people for bat conservation (Conservation Social Sciences and Bat Conservation).
November 2019: Joined another wonderful event by Soapbox Science Berlin as a speaker. This time it was in collaboration with Mind the Lab and we shared our research in Berlin metro stations.
September 2019: Maarten Jacobs, Sophia Kochalski, Lysanne Snijders and I organized together a session called ‘Human-wildlife interactions: coming from both sides’ at the WRC 2019 in Berlin.
July 2019: I gave my very first keynote presentation at the IBRC in Thailand called ‘All eyes on bats – Why understanding people benefits bat conservation’. Thanks to Paul Bates and Pipat Soisook, I had the opportunity to talk about the topic I am mostly passionate about: Human Dimensions of Wildlife; and in this specific context of course about bats!
June 2019: Joined Soapbox Science Berlin as a speaker on Alexanderplatz. Soapbox Science is a wonderful initiative which started 2011 in London and aims to transform for a short time public places in places of learning and scientific discussions between the public and female scientists.
February 2019: Lysanne Snijders and I started together a blog called Exploring Conservation Conflicts. With this blog, we want to explore conservation conflicts from various perspectives, including Conservation Biology, Moral Philosophy & Human Dimensions. If you are keen to explore with us conservation conflicts from different angles, feel free to follow our blog. We are also on Twitter.
December 2018: From the 13th to 14th December 2018, I joined the 2nd international CCME conference in the Golan Heights in Israel. Speakers and guests from the US, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Jordan, and Palestinian Territories joined this conference to discuss the issues we face with co-existence with wildlife; particularly wolves. Here is also an article of National Geographic about the conference: National Geographic Conference
November 2018: On 16th November 2018, I was part of the Story Telling Show by Diane Neiman: ‘Gravity: encounters with uncontrollable forces‘. One week after the official science week, 8 scientists from different disciplines were on stage to share a personal story about their life in science. My story: ‘Confessions of a bat lover’ in which I spoke about my love for bats, working together with like minded people and traveling the world; but also the challenges that a life in academia can hold.
September 2018: From 16th to 19th September 2018, I joined the conference ‘Pathways Europe: Resurrecting the wild!?‘ in Goslar on which I gave a talk about the roles of emotions and cognitions for the acceptability of wolf management actions and chaired the session ‘Wolf Management and Policy ‘B”. The abstract book can be found here.
April 2018: City Nature Challenge, Berlin: my colleagues (Anne Berger and Sarah Kiefer) and I presented our work on urban wildlife and citizen science at the IZW as part of the City Nature Challenge in Berlin.