2019 Whitley Award winners chair Conservation Optimism Summit

Jon Paul Rodriguez & Caleb Ofori-Boateng will attend this year's summit in Oxford

The Conservation Optimism Summit 2019, organised by the University of Oxford in partnership with Synchronicity Earth, will bring together people from across sectors to share ideas and offer solutions for more empowering conservation work, while continuing to disrupt the doom and gloom narrative surrounding the state of nature.

2019 Whitley Gold Award winner Jon Paul Rodríguez, and 2019 Whitley Award winner Caleb Ofori-Boateng will both chair the Summit plenaries at the event, which include a range of speakers from across industries. Jon Paul’s work to save the yellow-shouldered parrot from extinction in Venezuela was honoured at our Whitley Awards Ceremony this past May, as was Caleb’s dedication to securing a future for the Togo slippery frog in his home country of Ghana.

The Summit will be held from 2-4 September at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and will gather people from the worlds of conservation, government, industry, journalism, NGOs, academia, and the creative arts to highlight ways in which we can share strengths and resources towards more effective and positive environmental change. It will include a panel session featuring young leaders in the Conservation Optimism movement from across the globe, and a film festival which will highlight positive stories from the conservation and environmental sectors.

Registration details and ticket sales are available here. We hope to see you there!