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Plenary Sessions

Dan Raven-Ellison - Dan is a guerrilla geographer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champion, former geography teacher who founded and led the successful campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City. Dan is an inspirational speaker and believes in creative exploration, geography and communication to tackle social and environmental challenges.  

Chris Packham CBE - Chris is one of the UKs leading naturalists and wildlife TV presenters inspiring audiences young and old to take notice of, get involved with and care for our natural environment. He has a passionate love of nature and the courage, determination and ability to campaign for and protect our wildlife. He is also a prolific writer and respected wildlife photographer.

Stephen Moss - one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. He writes a regular monthly ‘Birdwatch’ column for the Guardian, is President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, a co-founder of A Focus on Nature, and teaches an MA in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. A lifelong naturalist, Stephen has travelled to all seven of the world’s continents in search of wildlife.

Practical Conservation panel

Plenary Panels

What's the role of politics in saving nature?
Chair: Daniela Torres Perez - co-founder of UKSCN
Lord Randall - Conservative politician, Environment adviser to Theresa May, former MP for Uxbridge for 18 years and council member for the RSPB   
Sir Edward Davey - Liberal Democrat MP and the former minister for Energy and Climate Change
Amelia Womack - Deputy Leader of the Green Party
Richard Benwell - Policy adviser at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Daze Aghaji - 19 year old environmental campaigner who ran for MEP
How can we make nature a more inclusive space?
Chair: Yetunde  - 'Action for Conservation Youth Alumnus
Dr Sarah Bell - Lecturer in Health Geography at the University of Exeter
Alejandro Prescott-Cornejo - Nature conservationist and photographer from Ottawa, Canada
Laura Ashfield - Keeping it Wild, London Wildlife Trust
Lydia Allen - National Youth Agency 
Hannah Ryan-LeahAction for Conservation 
Youth For Our Planet
Chair: Matt Williams Youth for Our Planet Project Coordinator at WWF-UK
Panelists TBA. 

Species Recovery Panel 

Chair: Tim Mackrill

Lukas Ruzo

Peter Cooper

Harvey Tweats

Brittany Maxted

Communications and Arts panels & workshops

Social Media in Conservation 

Chair: Faye Vogely

Science Communications Panel

Chair: Megan Shersby 

Panelists TBA

'Find your platform, raise your voice: A step by step guide to becoming a Nature Communicator’

Chair: Lucy Colclough

Policy and Science panels and workshops

Campaigning and Advocacy Workshop

Chairs: Matt Williams and Natasha Yorke Edgell

Please note: the speaker line-up for our conference is subject to change, we will be updating the website accordingly.
Attendees can now sign up on the Sched app to register for sessions. Click or tap here to sign up.

Friday Night Evening Event

After the first day of the conference we will be holding an evening event at the Natural History Museum. It will be a climatic end to an inspiring and exciting first day. 

In collaboration with WWF UK we will be showcasing the lesser seen content from the hugely successful Our Planet Netflix documentary. This will set out the key priorities for 2020 that young people - and indeed all of society - need to be focused on to achieve the scale of change needed to protect our future.

Additionally there will be a performance from a choir and short talks from the winners of the Young Wildlife Photographer Awards. Refreshments will also be available. 

Timings still to be confirmed. Below is an introduction to some of our speakers!  

Practical Conservation

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Communication and the Arts

Identification and Monitoring

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Policy and Science

Conservation overseas