March 1, 2013

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, in conjunction with partner universities, colleges, and research institutions, is hosting a conference on March 1, 2013 in Waterville, Maine, USA, focusing on students as catalysts for large landscape conservation.


This conference will provide students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts from North America and beyond in the field of large landscape conservation.  The next generation of innovative conservation leaders is emerging from our colleges, universities and research organizations.  They are out to change the world.  This conference is intended to bring some of our brightest young conservation innovators together to share their dreams and experiences.


One feature of the conference is a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements to attend the conference up to $500.  One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book on large landscape conservation 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 organizers also are inviting student posters for display and presentation at the conference. These posters will not be considered as part of the conservation innovation contest for students.
Student submissions are rolling in and registration is now open.  The deadline for the student innovation contest is January 1, 2013.  Early registration ends February 1, 2013.  For additional information about the student innovation contest, registration, and other conference details, see:

 For questions about the conference, please contact: