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November 30th, 2018

A one day workshop bringing together returned TAAF awardees was held at University College London on 9th November. The aim was to enable awardees to discuss their fieldwork experiences, and to discuss future career opportunities with experienced TAA members.
Nine awardees from recent years attended the workshop together with eight members of the TAAF Committee, five of whom had themselves received TAAF awards at the start of their careers. Representatives from UCL also took part.
The recent TAAF awardees presented posters of their research on topics including oilpalm in smallholder agroforestry systems in Brazil (see picture), impact of climate change adaptation on local communities in Mongolia, and determinants of declining levels of tobacco production in Malawi. The presentations sparked interesting discussions and provided a good opportunity for reflecting on research processes and outcomes.
A subsequent careers advisory session covered openings in consultancy, Government, NGOs, start up enterprise and academia. This proved, in the words of one

Naysan Adlparvar, TAAF awardee in 2005 and now Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale, facilitates poster presentation by Abi Beath, TAAF awardee in 2018 for her MSc in Agroforestry, Bangor University

of the awardees, ‘very motivating and inspirational’.
The participants were highly positive about TAA and TAAF: all said that they want to continue their association with the organisation and with each other. To try to ensure that this happens an online Slack Channel has been established, periodic meetups in London are proposed, and it is intended to repeat the workshop as an annual event.

Antony Ellman and Jane Wilkinson.

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