Is anyone listening? Would you like to communicate about conservation more effectively?

If your answer is yes, then please join us at the Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice Fern Hill Conference Centre, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2 – 6 November 2015,

This year the overarching theme for the symposium is Communication for Conservation. We are excited that Nancy Baron, Director of Science Outreach, COMPASS,, @Nancy_Baron, and Ken Weiss a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer will be joining us. They have teamed up with Judy Mann-Lang, science communicator and conservation strategist at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research.

We have put together an exciting series of presentations and interactive sessions which will provide you with the tools to build the skills required to enable you to communicate more effectively.

Nancy Baron is the Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS. Nancy holds workshops around the world for academic, government, and NGO scientists helping them translate their work effectively to journalists, the public, and policymakers. Nancy began her career as a biologist in Banff National Park, spent 6 years as Director of Education and Communications at the Vancouver Aquarium, then worked as a science journalist and columnist. She has won numerous writing awards including the Canadian Science Writers Science in Society and National Magazine awards. An ardent naturalist, she published a popular field guide, The Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Lone Pine Publishing) and a “how to” communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter (Island Press). Nancy received the 2013 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in the Media for her work at the intersection of science and journalism.

Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, focuses on topics at the intersection of science, environment and public health. He covers the connections between women’s rights and reproductive health with hunger, poverty, national security and environmental decline. Much of his reporting overseas is financed by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His series, Beyond 7 Billion, published by the Los Angeles Times on the causes and consequences of human population growth won the Robert F. Kennedy award. He was the lead reporter for the Altered Oceans series, which showed how the slow creep of environmental decay often has a more profound impact than cataclysmic natural disasters. Currently he is working on projects for National Geographic and writing for Nature and others. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, Weiss has won the George Polk Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award and many others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in folklore from UC Berkeley aJudy Mann-Langnd lives in Carpinteria, California. Like many Californians, he prefers to conduct his own ocean research from his surfboard.


The amazing diversity of life in the ocean has always intrigued Judy Mann-Lang and led her to a Master’s Degree in Ichthyology. She is passionate about marine conservation and has focused her career on helping people to care for the oceans. She started work with the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) in Durban, South Africa in 1992. While at SAAMBR she has worked as a research scientist in the Oceanographic Research Institute; was the Sea World Director of Education, the uShaka Sea World Director and the Chief Executive Officer of SAAMBR. She is now the Conservation Strategist of the Association, helping to guide conservation communication and actions. Because she really wants to know how we can help people to care for our planet, she is currently registered for a PhD through the University of Queensland in Australia. She is investigating human behaviour and learning in order to enable us to engage more effectively with people about conservation.