The WildDrone team are looking for 12 Doctoral Candidates to join the “WildDrone - Autonomous Drones for Nature Conservation Missions” Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network.
The overarching aim of WildDrone is to revolutionize wildlife conservation practices by integrating the fields of aerial robotics, computer vision, and wildlife ecology, using autonomous drone technology as a unifying platform. Expanding on the existing doctoral programs, the candidates will form an interdisciplinary network of researchers working across European and African countries.
Each of the 12 candidates will conduct research based in one of the three main subject areas of WildDrone. The candidates will work together within the WildDrone network and engage in multi-disciplinary training-by-research to develop technology in close collaboration with end-users.
The WildDrone consortium encompasses 20 partners across 10 countries in Europe, Africa and North America united in the common goal of benefiting wildlife. The Doctoral Candidates will be spread throughout 7 European countries working in both academic institutions and industrial companies:
- University of Southern Denmark (DK)
- Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (DE)
- University of Münster (DE)
- WIPSEA (FR)
- Wageningen University (NL)
- Fondazione Bruno Kessler (IT)
- Avy B.V. (NL)
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH)
- University of Bristol (UK)
In addition to these partners, the network includes University of Konstanz (Germany) Kenyatta University (Kenya), Ol Pejeta (wildlife reserve, Kenya), National Park Wadden Sea (wildlife reserve, Denmark), Kuzikus African Safaris (wildlife reserve, Namibia), KBR – an international high-technology company, Danish EPA environmental agency, BBC news outlet, WWF international wildlife foundation, and Danish Agriculture & Food Council, that have teamed up to establish a coordinated effort on researcher training in digital nature conservation.