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Ape Alliance 2017 Panel Discussion - High Tech Innovation for Conservation


30 March 2017 (Thu)
6:30 - 8:00


University of Bristol Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TR


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Modern technology with it’s reliance on fossil fuels and mining minerals is often seen as a threat to wildlife and ecosystems but in the right hands modern technology can transform our efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats.  The 2017 Ape Alliance Panel Discussion brings together people leading the way to develop technological fixes for conservation problems.

Panel chaired by Ian Redmond OBE who also shares the world of virtual safaris through his work with VEcotourism 

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. Ian founded Ape Alliance in 1996 to encourage conservation organisations to work together.


Philip Dalton, Wildlife Producer, Spy in the Wild


Philip Dalton has been making highly innovative wildlife documentaries for 20 years.  Based at John Downer Productions he has produced many award-winning programmes broadcast on the BBC and distributed internationally including 'Pets Wild at Heart', 'Penguins: Spy in the Huddle', ‘Polar Bears: Spy on the Ice’, 'Earthflight' and more recently ‘Spy in the Wild’. Philip has been instrumental in developing and operating the specialist camera devices used across many of the productions.

Philip’s programmes have received awards from the Royal Television Society, Wildscreen and an EMMY for Cinematography for ‘Winged Planet’.  His work takes him to some of the world's wildest and remotest locations in pursuit of extraordinary behaviour and animal stories.

Serge Wich, Conservation Drones


Serge Wich started his biology study at the University of Amsterdam, but obtained his PhD in 2002 at Utrecht University. He worked as a post-doc at Utrecht University until 2005 when he joined Great Ape Trust of Iowa where he worked as a scientist until 2009 when he joined the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and the University of Zurich. He joined Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK) as a professor in primate biology in 2012. In 2014 he joined the UvA as a honorary professor for the conservation of the great apes. Serge is also a Founding Director of the non-profit, ( Updates on his work can also be found on

Ella Browning 

Ella Browning is a PhD candidate on the London NERC DTP conducting research using acoustic sensors to understand the impact of environmental change on bats.

Ella is broadly interested in studying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on biodiversity and the use of different conservation monitoring technologies. She has focused on bats, having become fascinated by them during her undergraduate degree, and acoustic sensors became a natural part of her research. Ella is interested in their different echolocation calls and how we can monitor bats using acoustics to understand their behaviour and responses to change.


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