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Milestones in the history of the SCB Social Science Working Group:

2002
  • Idea of an organization for SCB social scientists conceived at SCB annual meeting
2003
  • Conservation and the Social Sciences editorial published in Conservation Biology
  • First workshop - Conservation Biology and the Social Sciences: New Possibilities for Collaboration - organized for SCB annual meeting
  • Social Science Working Group (SSWG) formally established
  • SSWG discussion list launched
  • SSWG website launched
2004
2005
  • SSWG Board elected and Committees established
  • First SSWG need-based travel grants awarded
  • First SCB membership awards granted to developing country students
  • First SSWG symposium - Conservation and the Social Sciences: Lessons from the Field - organized for SCB annual meeting
  • SSWG membership reaches 500
2006
  • SSWG first helps organize scientific program for SCB annual meeting
  • First SSWG short course – Economic tools for conservation – held at SCB annual meeting
  • First SSWG event held at another professional society: Resolving Conservation Issues with Social Science panel discussion at AAG annual meeting
  • First SSWG annual workplan developed
  • SSWG website re-launched with new format and expanded resources
  • SSWG travel grant recipient Silas Siakor (Liberia) wins Goldman Prize for Africa
  • SSWG discussion list membership reaches 500
2007
2008
  • Social Science Expert Directory launched
  • SSWG strategic review and formative assessment completed
  • SSWG Board holds retreat to develop strategic plan
  • Social science component of 100 questions scoping study coordinated
  • SSWG discussion list membership reaches 700
  • Former SSWG Board member Diane Russell delivered plenary at SCB annual meeting
2009