Fuller Science for Nature Fund


Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund


The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

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Artificial Intelligence and Conservation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has left the lab and now affects many aspects of our lives - from our smart phones automatically categorizing the photos we take to automated resume readers which sort us into viable and non-viable job candidates. Conservation organizations like WWF have long used AI to monitor the health of wildlife, forests, and other ecosystems, and just like everywhere else, new applications of AI are accelerating our ability to understand the world around us. 

The series focused on how AI is being used to support conservation efforts. Discussions in the seminars included the past, present and future of how these technologies advance sustainability, with a focus on the future, and an eye on both the upsides and the risks of these technologies in a conservation context.

To view the recordings of the seminars, follow the link below.

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Rededicating WWF’s Science Symposium

In honor of renowned conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy, the Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Symposium will be re-named the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium. Lovejoy, who was also WWF’s first chief scientist, mentored countless students during his career. A continued focus on the importance of scientific scholarship in service to nature is a fitting memorial to him, and an enduring tribute to the importance of his work.

The first Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium will be held on October 17, 2023 in Washington, D.C. and will focus on the Amazon. More information will be shared soon.

Read Kathryn Fuller’s statement here.



Announcing the Thomas Lovejoy Science for Nature Symposium

WWF is dedicating its annual science symposium to Tom Lovejoy.

photo of thomas lovejoy with cecropia leaf taken in july 2014

What WWF Is Doing


  • Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

    WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to critical topics in international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe.

  • 2012 Fuller Symposium: Conservation Crime

    Global leaders shared their insights on the growing crisis of wildlife crime at the 2012 Fuller Symposium. The symposium was held on November 14, 2012 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

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