An essential part of ZSL’s work is facilitating the communication of information between professional zoologists, researchers, students and the public.
Proposing a Science and Conservation Event
Towards this end the Society holds eight evening Science and Conservation Events a year. Generally, the format is three-four short research talks on a related theme during a 90-minute public session. Science and Conservation Events are an ideal opportunity for scientists to present new research and findings, especially synthesising and highlighting links between related topics bearing on a common theme.
Science and Conservation Events are held monthly between October and July, in the Society's Meeting Rooms, Regent's Park, London, and start at 6.00pm. The events are open to all at no charge. The most successful meetings are those that address some topical or controversial theme, with a lively approach to the presentations that make the subject generally accessible.
The Society will cover costs of travel, accommodation and a dinner after the talks for all speakers. All logistical arrangements are managed by the Society's Scientific Events Coordinator, Jennifer Howes.
The next call for scientific event proposals for 2018-19 will open in February 2018.
Proposing a symposium
The Society holds two international symposia a year, which provide an opportunity for a major overview of an important area of science bearing on the general issue of the conservation of animal species and their habitats.
The two-day symposia are held at the Society’s Meeting Rooms in Regent’s Park, London. All symposia are international and usually have 200-250 participants. Topics are selected by a ZSL panel from submitted proposals, according to their scientific merit, topicality and potential for an interesting symposium that will attract a broad audience.
Organisers are then invited to develop the overall objectives of the meeting and invite up to 24 speakers. Symposia are sponsored by ZSL, usually with some other scientific or conservation organisations. Co-sponsors are usually identified and approached by the symposium organisers. All logistical arrangements are managed by the ZSL’s Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator.
Organisers have the option of using the symposium as the basis for an edited book on the topic to be published in the ZSL/Wiley-Blackwell Conservation Science and Practice book series. Book proposals need to be submitted separately and are reviewed independently of Symposium proposals.