One feature of the conference will be a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos, on one of the following topics:
- Describe a creative approach to large landscape conservation in which you have participated.
- Describe a new approach to large landscape conservation that you could imagine pioneering in the next several years.
- Describe how the conservation community can demonstrate–analytically or in narrative–that a large landscape approach is more effective than other conservation approaches in meeting social, ecological, and economic objectives.
Each submission should include a unique, thoughtful definition of large landscape conservation. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements of up to $500 to attend the conference. The exact amount awarded will be based on travel expenses. One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book on large landscape conservation to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and additional essays will be considered for publication in an issue of an international conservation journal. Students who are not awarded travel grants are still encouraged to attend in person or via web conferencing.
The contest submission deadline is
January 1, 2013. Contest winners will be notified by the end of January. NOTE: EXTENDED TO JANUARY 11, 2013!
Posters are not included in the conservation innovation contest for students.