Conservation Biology Students’ Wonder Wiki

8 10 2010


© H Grebe


After the last full day of Supercharge Your Science in Townsville a few weeks ago, the other presenters and I, plus a few keen punters, headed to the pub for a few well-earned beers. There I had the distinct pleasure of meeting up again with Piero Visconti, a PhD candidate at James Cook University and in the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (we had met previously in July at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Edmonton).

Piero, in his typically Italian exuberance, was excited to tell me about a Society for Conservation Biology initiative especially geared toward conservation biology students. I said I had never heard of the idea, so suggested Piero write a little post for telling the world about it. Piero has come through with the goods, and so I give you the conservation biology students’ wiki:

About a year ago in Prague at the European Congress of Conservation Biology, a group of students met informally to discuss what the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) could do to help students during their career. The group came up with a bunch of good ideas, but one especially turned out to be a great success: a wiki for conservation biology students.

This wiki would be accessible and open to everyone’s contribution. It would host anything from upcoming events, scholarship offers, grant notices, jobs adverts, advice on writing abstracts, presentations for conferences…etc., etc. The idea there was that a wiki would be a great way to provide students with a continuous and interactive experience with their peers.

Also, there are plenty of useful resources out there for conservation biology students; they just need to be organised into a single, easy-to-access and open website. Finally, with international SCB conferences occurring every two years from 2011, the SCB needed a fast and interactive media platform to stay in touch with its student members and listen to their requests.

Obviously Web 2.0 was the way to go. The resultant wiki,, was so successful that was soon adopted by the Student Affairs Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology. The group of European students which later formed the European Student Affairs Committee is still very active in updating the wiki, but now the audience has expanded and so has the geography of the resources provided there.

So, please visit to find:

  • A forum for students to discuss conservation-related topics.
  • A database for grants, scholarships and other funding schemes.
  • A page listing all the forthcoming events relevant to SCB students: conferences, courses, summer schools.
  • All other news relevant to SCB – e.g. newsletters, elections, etc.

The wiki format makes it easy for anyone to add his or her own event or news, so feel free to use it! All you need to do is register via the wiki-site. There is also an option to receive notices (RSS feed) whenever new activities or news items are placed on the site.

Many thanks, Piero.

CJA Bradshaw



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