Project Overview

unnamedThe Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) is the only international symposium dedicated specifically to the sharing of research and strategies to empower the future of amphibian conservation. ACRS helps to bring together amphibian conservationists and researchers from around the world to gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts. With a strong focus on early career conservation and research practitioners, ACRS is helping to build a future for global amphibian conservation efforts. The first ACRS was held in Manchester in 2012, with subsequent meetings at the Natural History Museum London in 2013, Zoological Society of London in 2014, and at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Originally intended to bring together amphibian conservation researchers from all fields and backgrounds, including academics, vets, zoo communities and field biologists, ACRS has continued to remain true to it roots. In 2015 ACRS has been adopted, through a joint initiative, by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation and the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), the largest network of the world’s leading amphibian experts providing scientific guidance to amphibian conservation. symposium-logoThe ASA and ASG have long acknowledged the need for better global collaboration in addressing amphibian declines and extinctions and ACRS provides a unique opportunity to come together as a community to share experiences, research and opportunities to advance amphibian conservation. Each year ACRS brings together individuals who present talks and posters detailing evidence-based approaches and management strategies that promote amphibian conservation. Previous topics have covered disease, ecotoxicology, genetics, ex situ husbandry, captive breeding, reintroduction programs, surveying techniques, habitat utilization, in situ programs, amphibian trade and urban ecology. The symposium also provides an opportunity for participants to take part in one of a number of full-day workshops that provide training in areas such as: IUCN Red List extinction risk assessments, grant writing, project management, sampling techniques and disease surveying. There is also usually a range of field trip options for delegates to conduct some local frogging. We understand that the future of amphibian conservation, research and education will depend on what we do now as a community. ACRS provides us with a chance to work together and support the amphibian conservation leaders of tomorrow, helping to develop them into the well-grounded, experienced and well-connected leaders we need to make a real difference.

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