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Environment Specialist Group

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.

The CCF Summer Symposium in 2016 focused on Global Food Security, click to read more

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

CCF Annual Symposia

Bookings for the January Annual Symposium and the Summer Symposium (usually June) can be made via 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.

David Attenborough Building

As CCF is a founding partner of CCI, member organisations (such as TAA) have access to the CCI facilities in their  “David Attenborough Building” (Zoology Dept, Downing Street, Cambridge), which opened in December 2015. Location map. The newly agreed set of arrangements are:

  • There will be a dedicated desk space for CCF members in the CCI (Cambridge Conservation Initiative) Library. This will be bookable on the Google Docs booking form available from the front page of the CCF website.
  • CCF members will be welcome to use workstations in CCI shared spaces, especially in the 1st floor Common Room and on the 3rd floor outside the Library, but are requested to note their intentions on the CCF Google docs booking form and to let CCI Services Reception desk know when signing into the DAB on arrival.
  • CCF member will be able to book a small meeting room (normally the Baobab Meeting room or, if not available, an equivalent)for working purposes and for meetings for the sole use of staff and volunteers from CCF member organisations for periods of up to two hours. This will be bookable by contacting the DAB Reception desk
  • Large meeting rooms (Large Seminar Room, Weston Seminar Room, Manatee room) will be bookable by CCF members if the purpose of the meeting is to collaborate with staff from other CCI partner organisations. Such bookings will preferably be made via the collaborating CCI organisations.

Please see the  Guidance for CCF member organisations using the David Attenborough Building – final.doc

Access to Cambridge University Library

As TAA is a member of CCF, our members are eligible for free registration at the University Library via CCI’s ‘recognized institution’ status. Click here for more information. For more questions, please contact Lizzie Sparrow at CCI.

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 a representative on the Advisory Panel of the RSB’s UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group. Contact the TAA Representative for more details.