At the Conservation Lab, you’re in control. Within our innovative ‘un-conference’ format, you’ll rally together with an elite group of travel and conservation experts to 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? Here’s how it works…

TEAM TALK

Team Talks are the place to be inspired. The official start to the Lab, this is where participants gather to learn from conservation legends about how to ignite innovative conservation efforts.

Our inaugral year saw Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park, motivate participants with stories of his brave work in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and in 2017, Kenyan paleoanthropologist and politician, Dr Richard Leakey, took to the stage to impart a lifetime’s worth of conservation wisdom.

WATCH LEAKEY’S TEAM TALK

As for which conservation luminary will lead a Team Talk in 2018? Watch this space…

SPARK

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.

Check out this example from the Conservation Lab 2017

Watch the insights from our 2017 SPARK talks here

DISCUSS

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

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!

MORNING NETWORKING ACTIVITIES

After a fully immersive day of lively debate and discussion, our morning networking activities give you the opportunity to re-energise and engage in an invigorating sunrise session led by one of your fellow participants – or you if you’re up for the challenge!

From deep sea breathing exercises (think meditation) to cycling and trail runs: whatever your skill, if you’d like to lead or take part in a morning networking activity you can sign up on the dedicated board when you arrive at the Conservation Lab.

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR CONSERVATION

11 – 13 MAY 2018 | SPIER HOTEL | STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA