2024 Turner Kirk Trust Sprint Challenge call launch


Silwood Park Campus, taken in July

We are delighted to announce the launch of this year's Sprint Challenge, designed to accelerate the development of conservation solutions.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Turner Kirk Trust, Imperial College London is delighted to announce the 2024 funding call opportunity designed to accelerate the development of conservation solutions through cross-disciplinary research and collaboration, with a special focus on the intersection between mathematics and conservation science.  

We are a critical moment in our planet’s history, and we, like the Turner Kirk Trust, know a multidisciplinary approach is imperative to tackling global conservation and biodiversity challenges.

The Turner Kirk Sprint Challenge Fund has been established to bring together conservation scientists and mathematicians from Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP), Department of Life Sciences (DoLS) and Department of Mathematics (DoM) to develop transformative and tangible solutions to some of the most difficult conservation problems facing us today. 

Further information can be found in the Turner Kirk Trust Spring Challenge Call 2024.

Apply for our Information, Brainstorming and Network Session

For those interested in the subject and who might consider applying, please take the chance to attend the in-person and virtual Information, Brainstorming and Networking Session on Tuesday 4 June 2024 from 10.00-12.00 at the CEP.

You can register for the event here. Teams and individuals considering making an application are strongly encouraged to attend this session. 

In advance of the workshop, individuals are invited to share a short abstract proposal, which will be added to the website. This is intended as an opportunity to share your ideas, help foster collaboration and engender interest as required.

Please submit your ideas by Tuesday 28 May 2024 (abstract submission is not mandatory for the submission of the full proposal).

The aim of the workshop is to identify topics of concern for global biodiversity conservation that are particularly amenable to mathematical analysis, that will formulate the Challenge questions and topics for application.

This will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the funding call, stimulate potential collaborations and networking, and inspire innovative proposals.

Following the workshop, teams of mathematicians and conservation scientists may propose bold ideas that address one of the identified challenge topics that as yet has no apparent solution.

Full proposal submission deadline 18 June 2024.


Jacklin Kwan

Jacklin Kwan
Faculty of Natural Sciences


Sustainability, Research, Environment
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