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The 5th Biodiversity Conservation Academy
17 January 2011 - 21 January 2011
The Centres of Excellence for Birds as Keys to Biodiversity (University of Cape Town) and
Invasion Biology (Stellenbosch University) together held the 5th in its series of Biodiversity Conservation Academies that have as their main aim redress of the poor representation of previously disadvantaged persons in the South African conservation and natural science sectors and in higher education institutions. The Academy is directed at undergraduate life science students, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, with the aim of broadening their understanding and appreciation of biodiversity and conservation issues and encouraging them to pursue their studies beyond the undergraduate level. The Academy was held first in January 2006, and has been held annually since 2008 at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.