Since 2001, the Institute has helped raise over $2.2 million in external grants and invested heavily in training scientists and students in Asia and Africa.
Institute staff have been the project co-ordinators of four UK government funded Darwin Initiative projects and the project manager of one EU Erasmus+ project (MuEuCAP). They were also founder members of BCA (Bat Conservation Africa) and SEABCRU (SE Asia Bat Conservation and Research Unit).
Paul Bates is a scientific advisor to WABNet (West Asian Bat Network), which seeks to promote an understanding of bats and the transmission of coronavirus.
Institute staff have successfully co-supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students from Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Several students have subsequently won scholarships to study further in Europe and elsewhere. Two, Dr Pipat Soisook from Thailand and Dr Vu Din Thong from Vietnam, have been awarded the highly prestigious Spallanzani Award, in 2016 and 2018 respectively, by NASBR (North American Society for Bat Research) for the quality of their research and publications.
Institute staff have promoted, hosted and contributed to numerous international conferences and workshops in the UK, Asia and Africa. Many have included practical training in aspects of biodiversity research and conservation.
Training programmes in Africa, Asia and Arabia have also involved those actively working in conservation, such as rangers, national park staff and ecotourism guides.
Institute staff are part of a successful European team (from Austria, Germany and Spain), which is working with Myanmar colleagues to develop a new curriculum in environmental protection for the Myanmar university sector. This project (MuEuCAP) is funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme and focuses on the universities of Mandalay, Myeik and Mawlamyine (find out more).