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Our activities aim to build the network and help our members to grow and progress in their careers. Our current areas of focus include:


Icon EPN Webinar - Project Presentations

Via Zoom

6pm, Monday 6th July 2020


The Icon Emerging Professionals Network is delighted to be running a webinar to present projects or research that you have on the go. This online event is an opportunity for students currently writing their dissertations and early career professionals to practice presentation skills, share their ideas and receive some feedback.

This will be an informal event; presentations don't have to be long and can vary in length from 10-15 minutes. We welcome a range of topics and themes, so this might be a project you have completed at university, work, or something you are working on at home.

The webinar will take place on the 6th July 2020 at 6pm via the Zoom platform. If you would like to participate in the EPN Webinar please send your proposals (max word count of 250 words) to us at Final submissions for proposals is the 30th June 2020.


Icon EPN Network - Call for Projects!


Got an interesting project that you'd like to share? Then please tell us about it!

The EPN would like to share and celebrate the great work carried out by our network members and are looking for contributors. This might be a project you have completed at university, work, or something you have on the go at home.

We recognise that many of you may have had your studies disrupted or find yourselves with a little more time on your hands due to the Covid-19 outbreak. So, if you would like to be featured on the Icon website and our Facebook page, please fill out this form and send it back to us at

Thank you,

The Icon EPN Committee


Icon Emerging Professionals Network Meet-Up Series


The Icon Emerging Professionals Network (EPN) is excited to announce a new series of informal events to help early career conservators meet one another and gain advice on soft skills and professional development. Each Meet-Up will be hosted by Icon EPN team members in UK cities, but we also encourage anyone to host their own Satellite Meet-Up in their hometowns! We want to get as many emerging professionals as possible together, so we can share our ideas, concerns and current work.

And remember, if you’re interested in hosting your own event please get in touch at, or via our Facebook page. We want to see as many Satellite Meet-Ups as possible springing up over the UK!

EVENT CANCELLATION - Icon EPN Meet-Up Series 4: Interviews

John Percival Building, Cardiff University

12-4pm, Monday 11th May 2020


It is with regret that the Icon Emerging Professionals Network have decided to cancel their Interview Meet-Up event at Cardiff University due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are sorry that this event cannot go ahead as planned, but we are working to reorganise this meet-up at a later date. Will will keep you informed as to when this may be.

If you should want to get in touch at this difficult time, then please don't hesitate to email us at


Complete our Survey - we want to hear from you!


In June 2019 we presented at Icon's Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice. Through our talk we highlighted some of the problems emerging professionals face, as well as looking at what opportunities are open to those starting their career in conservation. Much of what we discussed came from feedback given through our online survey and those of you we have spoken to, alongside our own experiences. We are always looking for feedback so if you haven't already, please complete our survey or get in touch! You can access the link below:


Useful Resources


We have put together some documents that aim to help emerging professionals with career development. As we grow as a network, we aim to add to our shared resources so please keep checking back here for any updates. And if there is anything that you think we can add to our resources, please let us know!