You’re invited to the WILDLABS Variety Hour, our monthly community event connecting you to the exciting projects, research, and ideas that are happening in conservation tech right now. Brought to you with the support of our partner Amazon Web Services (AWS), we're excited to bring you a whole new season right through 2023.
You never know what you’ll find and who you’ll meet at our Variety Hour, and that’s part of the fun! You might catch speed talks from community members working around the world, learn from a leading conservation tech expert, discover a new tool, test your wildlife trivia skills, find a great opportunity - maybe you’ll even do all of the above.
The WILDLABS Variety Hour isn’t a show, or a lecture, or a workshop. It's an engaging, fun, and interactive gathering, giving you a welcoming space to share your own projects and resources, ask and answer questions, have insightful conversations, meet collaborators, make friends, and get to know the conservation tech community in a new way.
Great ideas and discussions are sparked when people who share a passion for conservation tech unite. When you come along to the Variety Hour, you’re joining a space full of people who care about conservation tech just like you; when you leave the Variety Hour, we hope you’ll take away fresh inspiration and the knowledge that you belong to a global community who are making an impact in our field all around the world.
The Variety Hour: September
This month, we'll have three speed talks from Kenneth Mubea, Vincent Chan, and Stefano Puliti, followed by a longer presentation from Sybille Klenzendorf.
Kenneth Mubea will kick off our speed talks. He's the capacity building lead at Digital Earth Africa, and will talk about their work to make EO data free and accessible, delivering decision-ready products to the African continent. Wing Sing Chan is a PhD candidate with the Unviersity of Hong Kong, using open source accelerometers to track the movement of a cryptic species of turtle. He shared this work at the recent BES MOVE 2023 conference, so we've invited him along to give us a special update on his work. And finally, Stefano Puliti is a research scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research where his work targets the use of remotely sensed data for forest resource assessment. He's going to share some of his recent work using 3D photogrammetric data from UAVs for pre- and post-harvest inventory of forest biophysical properties, and talk about the open data, ML-ready benchmark datasets he has been creating.
For our in-depth project talk, we're delighted WWF's Sybille Klenzendorf will be joining us to talk about the polar bear ear tag they've been working on for the past few years. Sybille will share the innovation and design process, the current development status of the tags, and talk through their current challenges and next steps. She's keen to get feedback from our community and to find potential partners for next phases, so this should be a great, interactive session to get involved in.
Sound fun? We'll see you there!
- Kenneth Mubea | Digital Earth Africa: Unlocking the promise of tomorrow from the patterns of the past
- Wing Sing Chan | Unravelling the activity of cryptic freshwater turtles with an open source, low-cost accelerometer
- Stefano Puliti | Unlocking the Third Dimension: How 3D Technologies are Reshaping Forest Ecology and Conservation
- Intermission | The WILDLABS Quiz with Ellie Warren
- Sybille Klenzendorf & @Tony Jackson| Improving satellite ear tag transmitters for Polar Bears
Can't wait for this Variety Hour? Why not check out our past events! You can find all of the on our YouTube Channel.
- Variety Hour August| Join us this month to hear more about the new £3.6m funding call from UKRI supporting innovation in AI for biodiversity monitoring, discover Gundi, a technology platform that allows conservationists to seamlessly integrate any hardware with any conservation software, learn how Collabora works to support open source projects, and meet the founder of ConTech Africa and hear about her work to bridge conservation issues to tech solutions.
- Variety Hour June | Join us this month where we will explore a project from Australia that's using drones, underwater cameras and AI to monitor tropic freshwater fish in Kakadu NP, introduce NBM: the Nocturnal Bird Migration project tracking birds with bioacoustics and AI, get a report from the World Oceans Passive Acoustic Monitoring Day, and learn about using autonomous recording units to monitor a mainland African penguin colony.
- Variety Hour May | This month, Jared Marley joins us to talk about his team's new Luminous tracking collar, Andrea Santy will introduce the $11M XPRIZE Wildfire, a 4-year competition to innovate firefighting technologies that will end destructive wildfires, Ellie Warren will share the things she wished you knew about effectively showcasing your work for conservation tech readers, and Luciano Foglia will talk about his efforts to develop a system for monitoring snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan. Sound interesting? We'll see you there!