By: Heidi Kilian
The 2021 International Conservation Education Conference which attracted over 300 attendees from 55 countries was held between the 8th -10th October.
Three SAAMBR staff members were fortunate enough to attend this virtual conference which featured 75 interesting and relevant presentations.
CoVid-19 has mobilised the need to adapt the way we do so many things. This has been no different for conservation educators who have had to start thinking out the box and taking their lessons online.
Lizzie Seymour from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was a good example of how this could be successfully done. Her workshop which tapped into the use of Moodle, Vevox and Jamboard, unpacked delivery tools, techniques, and ideas for engaging online presentations as well as how to create virtual reality images from photographs.
A strong theme throughout the conference was the advancement of social behaviour change through the creation of connections between guests and animals. This was reiterated at a workshop on Integrating Conservation Education into Exhibit Design which looked at how exhibit animals can be ambassadors for their species.
Humans and animals need to coexist and marine educators who are fortunate enough to work with animals can strengthen this connection. After all, looking after the planet is not only good for animals but for humanity.