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BRIDGE Day 2017

Preserving, restoring, and managing Colombian Biodiversity through responsible innovation.

Earlham Institute hosted the launch meeting of the RCUK-Grow programme “Preserving, Restoring, and Managing Colombian Biodiversity through Responsible Innovation” on 9-10 October in Bogota, Colombia. Over 60 delegates representing 24 organisations from the UK, Colombia, and Australia attended the workshop. Representatives from the Colombia BIO programme (Colciencias) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office were also present.

The workshop featured a series of talks by key collaborators in the programme, followed by group discussions to decide on pilot projects, training activities, and community engagement workshops that will be funded by the programme. Federica Di Palma opened the workshop with an overview of the RCUK award, an introduction to the primary investigators for the programme, and an overview of the capacity building activities (exchanges, training, and workshops) that the programme will fund.

Workshop Speakers:

Andrés Cuervo – Instituto Alexander von Humboldt

Ian Barnes – Natural History Museum

Carolina Gonzalez Almario – Corpoica

Jacobo Arango – CIAT

Juan Camilo Cardenas – Universidad de los Andes

Corrado Di Maria – University of East Anglia

Bente Klitgaard – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Mauricio Diazgranados – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew