The Vic simpson prize
Short presentation competition
Saturday 18th April 2020 - Tremough Campus, Penryn TR10 9AH
In 2020 Cornwall Mammal Group (CMG) will be running our first competition for the best short presentation on the theme of Cornish Mammals.
Vic Simpson was a great supporter of CMG and his work helped in the understanding of many wildlife issues, perhaps the most relevant to CMG being his studies of the health of otters and other mustelids from specimens collected as roadkill. Vic also carried out important work on bats, foxes, red squirrels, cetaceans and wild birds. Nobody who attended one of Vic’s many talks could fail to remember his enthusiasm and his ability to make his point (often with the assistance of a gruesome slide or two). Inspired by other competitions we thought this would be one way to recognise Vic’s interests, his support for research, the importance of a methodical approach and perhaps most importantly the ability to present information and engage the audience.
Anybody can apply for the competition. The presentations will be in front of an audience of other mammal and wildlife enthusiasts and they will be judged by a panel of local experts with international reputations. Entries will be assessed for content, context, completeness and presentation. First prize will be a £100 voucher to spend with NHBS and a year’s subscription to British Wildlife, second prize will be a £25 NHBS voucher.
What can I present?
Your talk should be on a subject related to the aims and objectives of the CMG:
• Raising awareness and understanding of mammals in Cornwall and related threats
• Promoting the conservation of Cornish mammals and their habitats
• Encouraging the recording of Cornish Mammals
It might be recently completed research or a dissertation or preliminary results you are working on, it might be an idea for project. It could be something you are doing at college, school or work, or as a hobby. Your talk might be based on studies of mammals in Cornwall or it might be from findings on other species or in other habitats that you feel may impact our local mammals.
How do I apply?
Please send us the following details via our contact page:
Your email and telephone number
Please let us know a little about you – are you a student, ecologist, amateur naturalist etc.?
The title of your talk
A short abstract – no more than 200 words – to outline what your talk will be about.
Before applying please read the full instructions to competitors linked here. Please ensure that any applications are submitted by March 1st 2020. We will be in touch by 7th March to invite successful candidates to present their work. The competition will be held on 18th April.