Spring School Conservation Project Management

All over the world governmental and non-governmental organisations initiate and implement projects dedicated to the conservation of natural resources. Such projects are ideally run by biologists who have knowledge and understanding of biodiversity related issues as well as managerial abilities. By the present spring school, expert knowledge, skills, and practical experience related to conservation project management will be taught to advanced students of biology and related subjects, to biologists at the beginning of their professional career, and to junior project managers from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Teachers will be professionals and practitioners of biodiversity-related institutions of Frankfurt am Main but also from institutions outside. We aim at providing an insight in managerial and project management aspects of professional fields for biologists and to promote future managers and leaders of conservation projects.




Number of participants:


max. 30

Teaching language:



Goethe-University Frankfurt, Campus Riedberg, Biologicum


Requirements for participation:


  • at least six semesters of successful studies of biology or a closely related subject
  • good to very good English proficiency (min. B2)
  • strong interest in applied conservation issues


Application documents:


  • a CV (max. two pages in English)
  • motivation letter (max. two pages in English)
  • a scan of your diploma(s) and/or transcript of records



200 EUR (BAfÖG recipients: 100 EUR)

Accommodation has to be organized by the participants themselves. 


We will inform you about the application deadline for 2018!

Main teaching modules (updates and changes for 2018 will follow):

1)    Project management (log frames development, proposal writing, fundraising, reporting, monitoring & evaluation)

2)    Human resources & personal management (capacity development, leadership, recruitment, performance management, mediation & coaching)writing, fundraising, reporting, monitoring & evaluation)

3)    Financial management (financial administration, accounting & how to read a balance)

4)    Performance skills (communication, writing, presenting & time- and self-management)

5)    Organizational development (strategic planning, growth-, risk-management & business plan)

Complementary teaching modules and activities:

  • Lecture series on scientific investigation related to nature conservation
  • Excursion e.g. to the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park 
  • Social activities 


A successful participation in the spring school will be certified with 10 CP. These credit points may be accredited by the faculty of Biosciences, for example as module in the M.Sc. Ecology and Evolution.


Review of this year's spring school (in german)