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Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference

Goslar, Germany - Sept. 16-19, 2018
Conference Theme: Resurrecting the Wild!?

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Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. The inclusion of social science research into conservation and wildlife management provides new perspectives to increase management effectiveness.

Join us for the Pathways 2018 conference hosted by the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation, Colorado State University, in partnership with others, for the first time in Europe!

The conference venue is the hotel "Der Achtermann" in Goslar near Harz National Park in Northern Germany. While Harz National Park with its legendary mystical mountains, the former Iron Curtain running right through its center, and with a population of lynx is an attraction of its own, Goslar itself has to offer more than 1,000 years of history and the ensemble of the old town and the Rammelsberg Mine have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. There is simply no better location for the interface of rugged wilderness and cultural history! The conference venue itself is actually built within parts of the former city wall and offers four-star amenities and a wonderful conference center.
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Conference Announcement & Call for Papers

Improving the understanding of human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation through the application of social and economic sciences in a sustainable use and conservation context is being perceived as a major prerequisite for a successful balance of stakeholder interests, as reflected in the United Nations' recently adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the EU Commission's "Action Plan for nature, people and the economy."However, crossing disciplinary boundaries and the effective engagement with the human dimensions of natural resources such as wildlife and fisheries is still uncommon, sometimes accredited to the lack of awareness about the scope and importance of social and economic sciences related to the environment. The Pathways - Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the contributions of social, economic and social-ecological science to the improvement of natural resource management and conservation. The conference's key target audiences are scientists, governmental and non-governmental natural resource managers, stakeholder groups, especially land and water users/land owners, and other practitioners in the field. It wants to attract enthusiastic presenters and trainers allowing professionals to participate and engage with like-minded professionals across national, state,and institutional boundaries.

Conference Subjects and Submission Deadlines

We are proposing four major content categories for thematic orientation:

  • Social-ecological systems as a framework for conservation management
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Large Carnivores in Europe (and beyond)
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: "Other" Species in Europe (and beyond)
  • Natural Resource and Conservation Stakeholders: Managing Expectations and Engagement

For a detailed description of these subjects, the presentation formats and the submission instructions please visit the conference web site at for further information.

Submission deadlines:

  • Individual abstracts for oral or poster presentations: February 28, 2018
  • All other formats: February 15, 2018

You may contact the organizers at in case of further questions.

Conference Registration

Early registrations rates available until May 31st, 2018!

Important Dates

The deadline for paper submissions has passed. The papers are currently under review, authors will be notified around April 15, 2018.

Presenters for all accepted papers must be registered by July 1st, 2018. Registration is now

Further information

Please contact the Alfred Toepfer Academy

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