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Czippan, Katalin


Katalin Czippan
Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Future Generations
Nádor u. 22
1051 Budapest
Hungary
Tel: ++36 (30) 250-7857
Email:
czippank@obh.hu


Katalin Czippán is Deputy Head of Department in the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations, where she is responsible for environmental education, education for sustainability and civil partnership issues.


Katalin graduated as a teacher of mathematics and physics. She gained her teaching experiences through preparing foreign students accepted to Hungarian universities for the national requirements of education. Later she assisted in coordinating the work of scientific and technological services in the Hungarian Institute of Culture. She was one of the initiator of integrating natural sciences and environmental issues into the professional programs of national institutes for culture and society.


Between 1986 and 1999 she was the head of the environmental education workgroup, later, for ten years, the president and director of the Göncöl Foundation, an environmental, conservationist, educational and cultural Hungarian NGO. She was the publisher of “Természet” (Nature), “Süni” (Hedgehog) and “Vadon” national magazines; organised, led and developed further the “Süni” nomad camp-system. Under her presidency, the Göncöl joined IUCN, built a bicycle road along the Danube, a nature trail in the flooded forest for educational purposes, headed the preparation committee of Hungarian environmental law, and several national and international projects like territorial development planning in Szentendre Island or Hudson to Danube Riverwatch environmental education project. During that period she co-operated with the Community Organizing Programme to train organizational and capacity building skills for environmental NGOs and played an active role in establishing the strong and still existing Hungarian environmental NGO platform, its funding and electronic communication system.


From 2000, she served as a director for the Environmental Education and Communication Program-me Office in Hungary, a governmental institute whose task was to develop strategies and policies for all types of education, and worked closely with NGO-s, schools, business and governmental organisations to initiate and manage national and interministerial projects in the field of environmental education. She established and headed the Environmental Education Committee of the Ministry of Education. Katalin managed projects of the Higher Education for Sustainability Programme office at Eötvös Loránd University and The House of Professors to start a dialogue among Hungarian universities on how to increase their role in education for sustainability. She worked in several other committees and working groups as well, such as the Hungarian Committee for Sustainable Development, UNECE working group on Education for Sustainable Development and the Education and Communication Committee of the national Environmental Fund. Katalin is a member of the Hungarian UNESCO Committee and a honorary member of the Forest School Association. She was awarded with the Pro Natura plaque by the Minister of Environment and Water in 2006. She is a board member of the Hungarian Society for Environmental Education where she is responsible for international partnerships. She also co-ordinates the Hungarian part of SUPPORT network, and heads the international research and editorial team on “Schools as learning centres for sustainability”.


Ms Czippán has been a member of IUCN CEC since 2000 and was invited to fill the CEC Regional Vice-Chair for Europe in 2007. She has been supporting the participative communication and education initiatives (CEPA, BEPA) since the beginning to draw the key actors into planning and implementing conservation goals. She has developed and conducted training workshops for conservationists on topics such as CEPA in Mainstreaming Biodiversity, developed concept papers, coached authorities and published articles.



FRANCIS, John


John Francis
Vice President
Research, Conservation and Exploration
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20036
USA
Tel: ++1 (202) 857-7655
Fax: ++1 (202) 429-5729
Email: jfrancis@ngs.org


John Francis is Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society, directing funding of these disciplines through the Committee for Research and Exploration, the Conservation Trust, and the Expeditions Council. Francis also oversees the Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and the Remote Imaging laboratory. His professional career is rooted in wildlife biology and a deep belief in the importance of conservation. He has fashioned his interests and expertise into highly successful turns as a scientist, wildlife filmmaker, and current leader of the Society’s storied research and exploration arm.


He began his professional career as a behavioral ecologist at age 19 and over the next fifteen years, studied more than half of the seal and sea lion species living today. During this time he earned a B.S. from the University of Washington (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. His research took him around the world to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Alaska, and Argentina. This period also saw Dr. Francis receive two research grants from the National Geographic Society that allowed him to study the little-known Juan Fernandez fur seal on the islands where the Robinson Crusoe tale was born. This work led to a film on the subject, which captured the interest of National Geographic and opened the door to filmmaking.


For John, the power of the film media to stir conservation action was an attractive lure. He began a six-year stint with National Geographic Television and Film in 1993, working on a variety of subjects from chimps to tigers to coyotes. By the end of his tenure, he was producing films closer to his expertise on blue whales, seals, and sharks. He was also able, during this time, to serve on the Committee for Research and Exploration, offering expertise on marine mammal science and serving as a conduit to National Geographic media.


In 1999, John became the Executive Director of the Committee for Research and Exploration and led the creation of the Conservation Trust in 2001 to focus grant making on identifying the most urgent natural resource issues and working toward solutions. A reorganization of Mission Programs in 2003 led to his appointment as Vice President and the addition of the Expeditions Council, NGS/Waitt Grants and Young Explorers Grants programs, the Remote Imaging Lab, as well as the Center for Sustainable Destinations to his responsibilities. He is particularly motivated in promoting the concept of geotourism through the Center and making tourism a force for conservation around the planet.


Outside of his National Geographic Society responsibilities, John serves on the US National Park System Advisory Board, the IUCN Commission for Education and Communications, and the US National Commission for UNESCO.



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