Scientific Mentoring and Awards
Besides providing a robust scientific programme for participants, Conservation Asia 2016 also aims to help develop and reward promising young researchers attending the conference. To achieve this aim, we are proud to announce two initiatives: The Scientific Mentor Program and the Conservation Asia 2016 Student Awards.
Scientific Mentor Program
Mentoring can serve many functions, but in general it is to build the mentees abilities as a researcher, to help them realize and build upon their strengths and weaknesses, and to look forward and plan their research and professional trajectories. Through this, we aim to help cultivate the very best in the next generation of researchers, and to help them reach their potential.
Aspiring mentors can sign up for this program by filling in an online profile at the link below. Mentor registration will close on 10th May 2017, and their profiles made available. Using these profiles, students can select a mentor for the conference online. Choosing a mentor will reflect the needs of the individual mentee, whether that be discussing the intricacies of how leking fruit bats attract a mate, planning your future career or discussing areas you feel you could improve and how.
Near the beginning of the conference we will have our opening event, where mentors and mentees will get to know each other over refreshments. A detailed workbook will be sent around in advance to facilitate those interactions.
Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to plan their conference together and to meet up a number of times during the conference, so the mentee can get the very best conference experience, and gain new skills and perspectives, and plan their future growth.
Conservation Asia 2016 Student Awards
Awards will also be given out at the conference for the two best oral presentations and the two best speed talk/posters.
Only those who have been a students within the previous 12 months are eligible to receive these awards. Judging criteria include quality of work, originality of the study and the quality as well as clarity of the visual and oral presentation. More detailed judging criteria will be posted in March.
Judges will be conference attendees who have volunteered to assess presentations within their field of expertise. If you want to be considered for one of these awards, please indicate so upon submission of your abstract.