Field Course Dates


26 February - 2 March 2017

Mexico, Balancan

Indonesia, Sulawesi
1 - 10 May 2017

Indonesia, Java
Tinjil Island

20 July -15 August 2017

Thailand, Mahasarakham
10 - 14 October 2017

 4 - 7 October 2017

Thailand, Chiang Rai


11 - 15 December 2017

UW Dept of Psychology Newsletter article -
Tinjil Island

Center-Affiliated Field Training Programs

"The long-term success of any conservation or health program depends in large part on the ability of the local people to take leading roles in the conduct of those programs"

The Center maintains collaborative agreements (MOUs) with partner institutions and organizations in a number countries (see following pages) that help facilitate field-based educational/research/service-learning opportunities for university students and professionals.


Ultimate Goal: to help foster the next generation of global leaders who are capable of implementing the programs needed to ensure the future of their countries’ important natural resources, the health of their people, and the conservation of biodiversity worldwide.

CGFS in collaboration with our partner institutions provide annual field training programs - "Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health: At the Human-Environment Interface"- for university students (both undergraduate and graduate) and professionals in a number of countries.

Over the past decade, the diversity of field course participants has expanded beyond local university students to include: university staff and faculty, government forestry officers, park rangers, zoo staff, veterinarians, laboratory researchers, staff from conservation NGOs, environmental journalists, local tourist guides, members of community conservation organizations, middle and high school teachers, and community leaders.

Overview: The field course provides an introduction to the disciplines of Conservation Biology and Global Health – with a focus on the Human-Environment Interface. A wide range of related topic areas are covered including, field study methods, management and conservation strategies, primate behavior and ecology, the human-wildlife interface, issues in global health, biomedical research and translational science.

The course is intended to provide participants with an initial understanding of the basic principles of Conservation Biology, experience with the methods and techniques used in field research, an appreciation of the need for population and ecosystem management and conservation, and an understanding of the complex relationship between environmental health and global health - at the human-environment interface. The course consists of daily lectures, field exercises, and community outreach education.

Current Field Training Programs:


  1. Bangladesh - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health”
  2. China - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 
  3. Dem. Rep. Congo - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 
  4. India - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health”
  5. Indonesia (Java) - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health”
  6. Indonesia (Sulawesi) - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 
  7. Mexico - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 
  8. Nepal - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 
  9. Thailand (Chiang Mai) -"Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health"
  10. Thailand (Mahasarakham) - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health”
  11. Thailand (Chiang Rai) - “Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health” 


Study Aboard Programs:
    1.   International Field Study Program-Indonesia   (IFSP-Indonesia) 


International Field Study Program - Indonesia

2017 Program Date:
20 July - 15 August 2017

The IFSP (International Field Study Program)-Indonesia is an interdisciplinary educational program established in 1995 in collaboration with the Primate Research Center at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. The program is designed to provide field-based educational, training, and research opportunities for students interested in Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, Primatology, Environmental Science, and Global Health.

IFSP-Indonesia Website