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Structure and Context

The core of the training school will typically emphasize the development of leadership abilities and preparing participants with critical skills in systematic decision making, understanding and solving complex problems and the art of applying science to real-world issues particularly in the constantly changing African political and economic climate. The courses will be well-defined and would vary considerably but all subjects will involve students in the learning experience by reinforcing practical teaching.

The school will probably run classes and workshops every three months throughout the year depending on funding; nonetheless, the school will maintain two major training sessions annually (summer and winter terms), each term duration will potentially be a minimum of 3 weeks. The sessions will have about 12 – 15 participants and selection process will be based on rankings of CV i.e. years of experience and academic qualifications balancing early career, mid- career and advanced level applicants; two letters of reference and a project idea (described in an abstract of no more than 500 words) . Field trips will be carefully structured and vary in different course work and this will include opportunities for apprenticeship with decision analysts, policy makers, environmental consultants and industry experts etc. Ultimately the degree of training will depend on the cohort of participants every session.

For more information on this and other details on the training content and context, please see curriculum. We welcome your suggestions and comments – any additional input that will help us improve on the training structure and content, for example, would you like to see more courses on the curriculum? A mixture of long and short training sessions? Let us know.

What we offer

Field Trips

Well-structured field-trips per coursework.


Critical thinking and applied science in primate conservation (in the African context)


Leadership-based training in primatology and conservation.

“The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that – but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance”

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