Emerging Professionals Network

The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals

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Join our network: Please join the discussion on our Facebook page, or sign up to the network through Icon to keep up to date with our news and events. An emerging conservator is broadly considered as a conservation student or individual in the first five years of their career, however this is by no means absolute and there are no restrictions on joining the EPN.

Contact us: Please feel free to get in touch with any comments or suggestions via email.

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 challenges 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!

About us

About us

The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals

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Network Steering Group

Network Steering Group

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Coronavirus and emerging professionals

Coronavirus and emerging professionals

The Coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on our day to day lives and as we slowly adjust to a new ‘normal’ the effects of the global pandemic are a concern for our network

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Call for Projects

Call for Projects

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

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Network members' area

Network members' area

Upcoming meetings and committee documents - access for network members only

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Meet-Up Series

Meet-Up Series

A series of informal events to help early career conservators meet one another and gain advice on soft skills and professional development

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Upcoming events

24 June 2021

Emerging Professionals Network: Covering Lockdown Sized CV Gaps

A panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Social
6 July 2021

Getting on Board with Icon

An opportunity for members to hear about what it’s like to be on the Board of Trustees and to ask any questions ahead of this year's elections
8 July 2021

Icon Accreditation Clinic

Understanding the Accreditation process
Online Workshop
7 September 2021

Icon Accreditation Clinic

Understanding the Accreditation process
Online Workshop
5 May – 8 September 2021

Crafts Council: Spring-back talks

Ten talks to get your craft business ready for digital and physical opportunities in 2021 and beyond.
Online