International Training

The Global Diversity Foundation organises training courses that explore theories and concepts of biocultural diversity. The courses are complemented by field sessions that focus on methods of applied ethnobiology. When possible, the courses are integrated into the curricula of graduate programs at collaborating universities.

Contemporary Issues in Biocultural diversity

GDF has launched a series of international short courses on contemporary issues and methods in ethnobiology, in support of undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral programmes in diverse disciplines. Coordinated by GDF Director Gary J. Martin, they have been hosted by various universities in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2007, courses will be held at:

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Kent (United Kingdom)
  • Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur (Vienna, Austria)
  • Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)

Short Course on Research Methods in Ethnoecology

The Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), with funding from the Christensen Fund (TCF), will sponsor the participation of three developing country colleagues in the National Science Foundation supported Short Course on Research Methods in Ethnoecology from 30 July – 3 August 2007. Information on the course is available on The travel grants will cover roundtrip travel to Beaufort, North Carolina, accommodation, meals, local transportation, course fees and a book and software allowance.


Ethnoecology and Community-Based Conservation

In the week leading up to the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) 2007 annual meeting, the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the SCB’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG) will co-sponsor a course on ‘Ethnoecology and Community-based Conservation’ from 25 – 30 June 2007 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

With financial support from the Christensen Fund (TCF), we will award a limited number of bursaries to cover course fees, bibliography, software, accommodation and meals during the course. Please note the following requirements before applying for a bursary:
(1) a university degree in social or natural sciences;
(2) fluency in English

Preference will be given to candidates who are engaged in teaching and research on biocultural diversity. Members of indigenous groups are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates from focal regions of TCF (see below) and GDF will be given priority.