Environment Specialist Group

 Cambridge Conservation Forum

The environmental conservation group is built around the TAA membership of the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF). The CCF exists to strengthen links and develop new synergies across the diverse community of conservation practitioners and researchers based in and around Cambridge, working at local, national and international levels. Read more

Membership of CCF gives access by TAA member to a vast network of leading environmental, conservation, research and development institutes, including those listed below.

Membership of CCF enables TAA members to participate in seminars, symposia and other events, which are published in the CCF monthly Newsletter. TAA has been active on the organising committees for the CCF Annual and Summer symposia. The CCF Newsletter also lists job opportunities, scholarships, internships and up-to-the-minute information on conservation and the environment.

Members who wish to join the mailing list for the CCF Newsletter (weekly of monthly), register on the CCF website, or for more information, simply email Keith Virgo


Bookings for the January Annual Symposium and the Summer Symposium (usually June) can be made ia the CCF website.These are held either at the Judge Business School, Trumpington St, Cambridge or in the new David Attenborough Centre of CCI (see below).

Cambridge Conservation Initiative

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. It represents a critical mass of expertise — on a scale unparalleled anywhere in the world — at the interface of research and education, policy and action, for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.

The CCI exists to deliver transformational approaches to understanding and conserving biodiversity and the wealth of natural capital it represents. It aims to do so through strategic collaborations between its partners and others. By joining together in strategic collaborations CCI’s partners are able to tackle new and existing issues with innovative approaches, and across disciplines, in ways that cannot be achieved by any one partner alone. The CCI partners are: BirdLife International, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Cambridge Conservation Forum, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), TRAFFIC, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Tropical Biology Association, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the University of Cambridge.

As CCF is a founding partner of CCI, the TAA will have access, via the CCF, to the CCI faciitities in the new CCI HQ in the "David Attenborough Building" (Zoology Dept, Downing Street, Cambridge), which opens in December 2015. Facilities will include bookable meeting rooms and seminar room, free of charge to TAA members.

Royal Society of Biology

The TAA is also an Organisational Member of the Royal Society of Biology, which provides access to a wide range of environment-related events and networks, and meetings at their Darwin House HQ, off Grays Inn Road, London  Read more. The TAA has an invited member on the Advisory Panel f the RSB's UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group