Can surveillance technology and social science address rule breaking and wildlife crime?

10 Dec 2019 18:00 - 19:45

How does conservation deal with crime?

Law breaking, such as poaching or fishing inside marine reserves, is a great challenge to conservationists because research is often complicated by sensitivities related to ethics and data privacy. However, important technological progress has been made in recent years, particularly in the fields of surveillance and vessel tracking. Machine learning is opening up new ways to tackle rule breaking, using ranger reports, thermal and aerial imagery, and vessel positioning data. Similarly, in the humanities, social scientists are using increasingly sophisticated survey tools and questioning techniques to understand the motivation and circumstances that result in crime. This event will unveil the multidisciplinary field of rule breaking, and the global challenges and opportunities faced by scientists tackling wildlife crime.

 

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre at the Meeting Rooms of the Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, NW1 4RY. See map
  • Underground: Camden Town Station; Nearest bus: no. 274.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5pm – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.

 

ZSL Library Events

The ZSL Library will be open before the event and will offer free introductory talks to its special collections from 4.45pm - 5.05pm; no need to book. Please contact library@zsl.org or click here for further information, including some specially themed events.

 

ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so be sure to keep an ear out for it in the following months! Listen to more of our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes hosted by Research Fellow Dr Monni Bohm here.

 

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