At the Conservation Lab un-conference, you’re in control. You’ll be rallying together with an elite group of travel and conservation experts to collaborate, innovate and gain ground in the conservation game. How much you get out depends entirely on what you put in – passive participants need not apply.

Wondering how to get involved? Good! Here’s a breakdown of how it works…


A SPARK is a three-minute and 45-second, 15-slide presentation that cuts to the core of the matter. Short, sharp and succinct, a SPARK is the antithesis of ‘death by PowerPoint’ – rather than reams of stats, a SPARK is packed with fresh thinking and innovative ideas that push the boundaries of convention.

16 particpants will be selected to take to the stage to deliver a SPARK to all delegates at the beginning of the Conservation Lab. This is your chance to demonstrate how We Can Fight Our Way Back – and grab the attention of the greatest minds in the game.


DISCUSS gives you the opportunity to lead a discussion group on a topic of your choice, sharing your ideas and inviting input and deliberation from your learned peers. Over the course of the Conservation Lab, 30 DISCUSS sessions will take place in five separate spaces. Participants will vote with their feet, moving freely between those sessions that grab their attention the most.

DISCUSS sessions are collaborative – this is not an opportunity to dominate or lecture. Instead, their purpose is to act as a springboard for burgeoning ideas, encouraging constructive input from a crowd of travel and conservation specialists in order to advance thinking and find practical solutions or next steps. Remember: the Conservation Lab is designed to create a mutually beneficial bridge between the worlds of travel and conservation. Got an idea for how the two can work together better? Great, let’s hear it.

If you want to lead a DISCUSS session, make sure you’ve thoroughly researched your topic and have a good knowledge of the challenges it entails. No one expects you to have all the answers (that’s what DISCUSS is for!), but as discussion leader you’ll need to be pretty clued up. The Conservation Lab is for active participants only, so we recommend that everyone researches a few possible DISCUSS topics before the event.

When you get to the Conservation Lab, look out for the DISCUSS board where you can scribble down your name and topic to claim a spot on the agenda. And be creative – delegates will choose their sessions based on how well they’re sold!


TEAMWORK is where you can join forces with other travel and conservation specialists to develop a conservation project that you’ll pitch to the rest of your peers. Who wins? The crowd decides. And who knows, your project may be the start of something great.

If you want to get involved, look out for the sign-up boards to when you arrive at the Conservation Lab. While there will be some designated time-slots for your team to meet and strategise throughout the event, we recommend you grab every opportunity you can get!


It’s been said many times that conservation without money is just conversation! Imagine there is USD 50million available for you to put into a ground-breaking conservation project/idea/initiative. How would you spend that money? Work together with a team of star players on a clear and effective plan to spend that money. Your pitch on the final night of the Conservation Lab should include the following elements…

  • Explain the big idea
  • Present a basic operational plan and budget
  • Outline how the travel industry can get involved and support this project
  • Quantify the actual return on investment (animals saved, habitat protected, livelihoods created etc)
  • Explain how you would make it scalable should USD100 million be available