Knowledge Café

Building on the concept of the philosophical cafés, whereby a group of thinkers gather to discuss important questions, the Congress’s knowledge café aims to achieve a deep level of analysis on challenging conservation issues.

At a glance

  • 120-minute roundtable discussion for up to 12 people
  • Share collective knowledge, exploring areas of common interest
  • Increase understanding of a subject and the issues involved
  • Open, creative conversation on challenging topics
  • Great for networking and exploring possible partnerships or joint ventures


The knowledge café sessions have the great advantage to involve small groups of participants. With a maximum of 12 people, a high level of participation was possible at the 2012 Congress, allowing an in-depth examination of particular subjects. Participants were able to test their ideas with individuals who shared common interests and raise their awareness of different viewpoints.

This intimate set-up is a powerful way to challenge your thinking and gain a deep understanding of some of the most important conservation issues today. In Jeju, the knowledge cafés offered a rare window on the various observations and experiences shared by the participants. This open debate format ensured each learnt from one another in an informal, conversational set-up.

Follow up

Explore the topics, discussions and resulting documents of the Knowledge Café sessions that took place during the 2012 World Conservation Congress on the Conservation trends platform.

Draft schedule chart of Knowledge café 2012
  • Conservation Campus - Knowledge Café webpage
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