Symposium: Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation: five years on

19 Nov - 20 Nov 2020

Please note that this event has been postponed and will be resceduled for a later date.

Assessing and predicting responses of biological diversity to global environmental change and the effects of such responses on human well‐being are high‐priority targets for the scientific, management and policy communities. These assessments and predictions are essential inputs to inform international initiatives such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and are fundamental to defining and optimizing adaptation and mitigation strategies. To rise to the challenges posed by global environmental change, in particular, the research, management and policy communities need access to standardised information on changes in the distribution of biodiversity and in the intensity of human activities; these communities also need to know whether management actions are effective.

Remote sensing (the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon through a device that is not in physical contact with the object) has considerable potential as a source of information on the state of, and pressures on, biological diversity and ecosystem services, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The potential for synergies between remote sensing science, ecological research and conservation science has been highlighted by many. The use of remote sensing technologies, including camera traps, field spectrometry, terrestrial and aquatic acoustic sensors, aerial and satellite monitoring, as well as ship‐borne automatic identification systems to support scientific research and conservation practice has also grown exponentially over the past decade. To capitalise on these developments and provide a home for published work at the interface between remote sensing and ecology and conservation, the Zoological Society of London, together with Wiley, launched a new journal, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, five years ago. This year, the journal will receive its first impact factor.

This two-day event, which celebrates the 5th aniversary of Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the upcoming opportunities for remote sensing to inform ecology and conservation applications, highlighting new research and technological developments that have a high potential to make a difference in environmental management. The presentations will also provide an opportunity to discuss current barriers to the ecological application of remote sensing-based approaches and identify possible ways to overcome some of these limitations. It is hoped that this event will help consolidate the growing partnership among the ecological, conservation and remote sensing communities for the future benefits of society.


Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Christos Astaras, Forest Reseach Institute & WildCRU
  • Professor Doreen Boyd, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Anthony Caravaggi, University of South Wales
  • Dr Carter AL, Iowa State University
  • Professor Zoe Davies, University of Kent
  • Professor Mathias Disney, University College London
  • Dr Tim Hofmeeseter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Dr Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History
  • Professor Kate Jones, University College London
  • Professor Tobias Kummerle, Humboldt-University Berlin
  • Dr Tom Letessier, Zoological Society of London
  • Dr Margarita Mulero-Pazmany, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London
  • Dr Nicola Quick, Duke University & University of St Andrews
  • Dr Denise Risch, Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Dr Marcus Rowcliffe, Zoological Society of London
  • Dr Kylie Scales, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Aurelie Shapiro, WWF-Germany
  • Professor Rahel Sollmann, University of California, Davis
  • Dr Dan Stowell, Queen Mary University London
  • Professor René van der Wal, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Professor Matthew Witt, University of Exeter


Registration is not yet open for this event

There will be an opportunity for delegates to present a poster at this event. Call for poster proposals is not yet open.



  • 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.



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