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Join the Festival of Nature as they present an exciting, informative showcase of new thinking, projects and debates at the intersection of technology and conservation.

There's an incredible lineup of talks from a diverse selection of speakers – check out the lineup below...

Zoologist Jules Howard will explore whether VR technology could really help us communicate conservation messages in new and inspiring ways. Jules will examine how the rise of cheap and accessible VR technology might influence the sector, calling on experiences gathered from producing two new VR projects for the wildlife charity, Froglife. 

Sarah Bladen will discuss the prospect of fighting illegal fishing with big data and artificial intelligence. Millions of square miles of ocean. Hundreds of thousands of fishing vessels. The fishing industry has long been hard to monitor. Its global footprint is difficult even to visualize. Much fishing takes place unobserved, far from land, and once the boats move on, they leave behind few visible traces of their activity. In this environment, illegal fishing activity flourishes and has given rise to a $23 billion problem. Against this challenging background, new technologies are creating an information revolution that has the power to transform our understanding of what's happening on our blue planet. By harnessing cutting edge technology, Global Fishing Watch's mapping platform allows anyone to view and investigate global fishing activity in near real-time, for free. Global Fishing Watch’s efforts have already impacted fishing policies and resulted in government crackdowns on illegal fishing — heralding a new era of transparency and accountability. 

Also present will be Danielle Connor of Pocket Pals – a new upcoming app that connects people with wildlife and the environment using their mobile phones. The app will utilise GPS on mobile devices, allowing players to walk and locate digital animals. The app will release this summer 2018 with two 'environments' including woodland and coastal with 20 unique species from charismatic puffins to awesome stag beetles. The game will have a strong educational emphasis with users being able to learn how to identify mammals from footprints, learn about latin species classification and much more. The app aims to inspire young audiences to gain an interest in nature and to highlight conservation concerns to a wider audience.

The event starts at 7:30pm at We The Curious – make sure you arrive in good time! 

About Festival of Nature 2018 @ We The Curious

Festival of Nature celebrates its 15th birthday in 2018, and started here in Bristol before stretching down the River Avon to cover Bath as well. It’s a feature project of Bristol Natural History Consortium, a charity on a serious, admirable mission to engage people of all ages with the natural world, through a range of collaborative action and activity. The BNHC started way back in 2003, when 6 different organisations across Bristol joined forces to work collaboratively on flagship environmental communication projects. In 2008 the BHNC gained charitable status, and now has 13 organisations working together to connect people and nature. The UK's biggest celebration of the natural world, Festival of Nature features two free weekends of activity in Bath and Bristol, and a range of special ticketed events.

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Book your Wriggle through the app or website now, and then head on over to We The Curious in good time for the event. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler, show your code and then enjoy the event. Don't forget to fill in the feedback form the following day for your chance to win £20 worth of Wriggle credit! Refund policy: no refunds.

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