Frankfurt Spring School – A spring of inspiration

Time flies – it seems like we only met yesterday, but the four weeks are over and Friday was already the last day of the Frankfurt Spring School. What a journey it has been! Although it was intense and packed with learning new things about conservation project management, we had a lot of fun together and great memories and friendships were built. We asked some of our Spring School fellows how they perceived the Frankfurt Spring School 2019, what their highlights were and if their expectations were met:

Herve-Kimoni“I am very pleased to have learned a lot about the design of a conservation project and to have strengthened my capacity on communication methods and conflict management. My expectations have been fully met.”

Hervé Kimoni, responsible for legal and administrative litigation from DRC

Fariza-Adilbekova“For me personally the most interesting part of the Spring School was training provided by Martin Davies and Nick Folkard. It was absolutely amazing to be taught by experienced fundraisers who earned dozens of millions for nature conservation projects around the world. Spring School met my expectations 100% and I appreciate this great opportunity to be trained by highly-qualified professionals with wagon of knowledge in project management.”

Fariza Adilbekova, conservation specialist from Kazakhstan

Lorna-Scott“For me, the highlight of the spring school has definitely been the friends I have made. We have been so fortunate to have such an incredible group of people that have become like a little family. My expectations were met and exceeded – I have enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.”

Lorna Scott, M. Sc. student in International Nature Conservation

Katharina-Kuehnert“The highlight was the excursion to Kellerwald Edersee National Park! It’s such a privilege to be part of the Spring School, but also that an excursion with bus etc. is organized for us to see such a special place! I think most people enjoyed being outside a lot after weeks of studying inside and the information provided by the staff was great. My expectations were totally met! I think it is special to have facilitators from all kinds of areas teaching us in a huge variety of topics relevant for successful conservation work. I particularly liked the input from people who worked in conservation projects on the ground. That was really hands-on.”

Katharina Kühnert, young conservationist from Germany.


We were inspired by Frankfurt Spring School and all its components. We acquired new skills, we shared experiences, we built a network and made new friends. We are motivated and very well prepared to start or continue our conservation projects.


And with this, we wish all of you good luck with your career plans and look forward to meeting you all again!

Authors: Regina Domonko, Stephanie Kalberer, Vera Pfannerstill