Spring School Conservation Project Management

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All over the world governmental and non-governmental organisations initiate and implement projects
dedicated to the conservation of natural resources. Such projects are ideally run by biologists who
have knowledge and understanding of biodiversity related issues as well as managerial abilities.
Through this spring school, expert knowledge, skills, and practical experience related to conservation
project management will be taught to advanced students of biology and related subjects, to biologists
at the beginning of their professional career, and to junior project managers from Asia, Africa and Latin
America. The teachers are professionals and practitioners of biodiversity-related institutions of the
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main but also from other institutions. We aim to provide an insight into
project development and management for conservation projects as well as promoting future managers
and leaders of conservation projects.



19.2.-16.3.2018, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (10 CP)

Number of participants:


max. 24

Teaching language:



Goethe-University Frankfurt, Campus Riedberg, Biologicum


Requirements for participation:


  • at least six semesters of successful studies of biology, environmental sciences or a closely related subject
  • good to very good English proficiency (min. B2)
  • strong interest in applied conservation issues


Application documents:


  • a CV (max. two pages in English)
  • motivation letter (max. two pages in English)
  • a scan of your diploma(s) and/or transcript of records



200 EUR (BAfÖG recipients: 100 EUR)

Accommodation has to be organized by the participants themselves. 

Please submit your application documents as one pdf file by e-mail to SpringSchool(at)bio.uni-frankfurt.de until 1st December 2017.

Main teaching modules:

1)    Project management (log frame development, proposal writing, fundraising, reporting, monitoring & evaluation)

2)    Human resources & personal management (capacity development, leadership, recruitment, performance management, mediation & coaching)

3)    Financial management (financial administration, accounting, how to read a balance sheet)

4)    Performance skills (communication, writing, presenting, time- and self-management)

5)    Organizational development (strategic and business planning, growth-, risk-management)

Complementary teaching modules and activities:

  • Lecture day on scientific research related to nature conservation
  • Excursion to the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park 
  • Social activities 


Successful participation in the spring school will be certified with 10 CP.

Download the full Annoucement PDF here.


Review of this year's spring school (in german)