European Early Career Conservation Award

2020 European Early Career Conservation Award

We are pleased to launch the SCB European Early Career Conservation Award to provide recognition for an European early career conservationist to promote their work as exemplary conservation practice, whether this be through research, practical intervention, policy work or education, and inspire others to do similarly.

Candidates must be early career conservation professionals, defined as within 10 years of the highest achieved full-time education (e.g. postgraduate, Masters, bachelor) attained prior to working as a conservation professional.

Nominees must be based in Europe and working on European ecosystems.

The awardee must be available to attend the Student Conference for Conservation Science Europe in Tihany, Hungary, dates TBD (late August/early September), where the awardee will be expected to contribute through a presentation of their work. All expenses linked to the attendance of SCCS Europe will be covered by the SCB Europe Section.

Criteria for selection:
The successful applicant will have evidence of achievement in some aspect of conservation science and practice.  This may be through research and its application to practical conservation problems, practical interventions, policy work and/or education.

Application form:

To submit a candidate, use this form

Deadline for applications:
This form, must be completed and submitted to by 24:00 BST 14 April 2020.

All applicants will be notified of the result by 1 May 2020.

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2018 European Early Career Conservation Award Recipient


Dr. Piero Visconti received the European Early Career Conservation Award from the SCB Europe Section in 2018 for his scientific contribution to the understanding of species and ecosystems response to global changes and his extraordinary engagement in the science-policy interface.

Piero finished his Ph.D. in 2011 jointly between James Cook University and Sapienza University of Rome, and is now the Springboard Research Fellow at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research of University College London and the Institute of Zoology of the Zoological Society of London. He is an exceptional researcher who has published many articles that moved forward the scientific fields of global environmental change, spatial conservation prioritization, and extinction risk analysis, as well as influenced policy to achieve real-world impact of his science.

Piero was Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 3 of the IPBES Regional Assessment of Europe and Central Asia, “Status, trends and future dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems services”. He also contributed to the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 as Lead Author of two chapters, and the IUCN Guidelines on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Piero was also on the scientific advisory board of the IUCN task-force that established the criteria for the identification of the IUCN Key Biodiversity Areas.

Piero is also involved in the conservation of the Marsican Bear, a critically endangered subspecies of brown bear in central Italy. Piero's been involved in reduction of human-wildlife conflicts fundraising and leadership on conservation projects, and more recently membership of the advisory board of Rewilding Apennines, the Italian partner of the Rewilding Europe Network.

Besides these impressive achievements, he has been incredibly important within SCB, especially the Europe Section, of which he was board member from 2011 and President in 2015-2016. During this time, he played a pivotal role as chair of the Scientific Committee of ICCB/ECCB2015 in Montpellier, France, at the time the largest ICCB conference ever organized, with over 2,000 participants.

In his capacity as research fellow at two of the most prestigious conservation research organizations in Europe, he has also engaged whole-heartedly in the teaching and supervision of future conservation scientist and practitioners.

Piero's achievements were acknowledged by the SCB Europe Section with the European Early Career Conservation Award, and he will give a guest-keynote talk upon receiving his prize at the Student Conference on Conservation Science in Tihany, Lake Balaton on September 5, 2018.

Read about Dr. Attila Nemeth, winner of the first Early Career Conservation Award in 2016.