German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Mainmenu



Fellows and Alumni

A strong and active network of young professionals in nature conservation

80 young professionals from 27 countries have taken the opportunity to participate in the 18-month Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme, since its start in 2012. The alumni form an active network today. Click here for an overview of all fellows and alumni.

Programme Cycle 2020

This cycle we welcomed 20 young professionals from 13 countries to the Programme. Due to the health concerns relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the modules planned for 2020 have taken place online, with a modified module conception.

Transfer projects of the cycle 2020


Programme Cycle 2017

The fellows of 2017–2019, joined by Embassy representatives from the programme region, Elsa Nickel (Head of Department for Conservation and Sustainable Use, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, Bert Lenten (former CMS Secretariat, one of the partner organisations of the programme) and Thorsten Harder, former Head of staff unit International Academy for Nature Conservation, Administration, at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (photo: BMUB / Sascha Hilgers)
The fellows of 2017–2019, joined by Embassy representatives from the programme region, Elsa Nickel (Head of Department for Conservation and Sustainable Use, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, Bert Lenten (former CMS Secretariat, one of the partner organisations of the programme) and Thorsten Harder, former Head of staff unit International Academy for Nature Conservation, Administration, at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (photo: BMUB / Sascha Hilgers)

Programme Cycle 2015

The fellows of 2015–2017 being welcomed by Jochen Flasbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, Alfred Herberg, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Michael Bass and Hans-Dieter Knapp, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Rita Willing, Federal Environment Agency, Will Banham, UNEP-WCMC, Andrea Strauss, International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm and additional guests. (photo: Sascha Hilgers/BMUB)
The fellows of 2015-2017, Jochen Flasbarth, Klaus Töpfer, Alfred Herberg, Michael Bass, Hans-Dieter Knapp, Rita Willing, Will Banham, Andreas Strauss, and guests

Programme Cycle 2013

The fellows of 2013–2015, joined by Gertrud Sahler (Head of Department “Nature Conservation” at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, Will Banham (UNEP-WCMC, one of the partner organisations of the programme) and Hans-Dieter Knapp, former Head of the Isle of Vilm Department of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) (photo: BMU / Sascha Hilgers)
Photo: BMU / Sascha Hilgers

Programme Cycle 2012

The fellows of 2012–2013 being welcomed by Ursula Heinen-Esser, former Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, and Hans-Dieter Knapp, former Head of the Isle of Vilm Department of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (photo: Thomas Köhler / photothek.net).
The fellows of 2012-2013, joined by Ursula Heinen-Esser (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), Klaus Töpfer, the patron of the programme, and Hans-Dieter Knapp,Head of the Isle

Alumni Network

Alumni meeting 2019 in Vardzia, Georgia (photo: A.Strauss)
Alumni meeting 2019 in Vardzia, Georgia (photo: A.Strauss)

An important aspect of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is its active network of about 80 alumni from 27 countries. The Alumni network opens up opportunities for cooperation between alumni, their institutions, the programme countries, German institutions, trainers and mentors as well as strategic partners.

Alumni activities are planned and implemented jointly by fellows and the organizers of the programme.

Alumni reunions are an important element of the alumni network. Three alumni meetings have taken place so far, in 2015 and 2017 in Germany, and in 2019 in Georgia. Participants continued learning on management skills by attending advanced level trainings, e.g. on media skills, negotiation and conflict resolution. They also engaged in peer coaching, reflecting their professional situation and the framework conditions for nature conservation within regional subgroups.

Alumni are also already involved in the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme as mentors for the transfer projects of the current fellows and as ambassadors for the recruitment of further fellows.

For contacting the alumni network, please send an email to ktf@bfn.de.


Alumni meeting 2017 in Berlin (photo: A.Strauss)
Alumni meeting 2017 in Berlin (photo: A.Strauss)

Logo of the Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme

Strategic Partners

IUCN
CBD
CMS
UNEP-WCMC
 

 Print