Become an associate

Join the institute in ideating, incubating and accelerating bold, interdisciplinary new approaches for nature and people to thrive together.

Why the Luc Hoffmann Institute associate programme? 

The Luc Hoffmann Institute aims to accelerate not only ideas, but also purpose-filled careers in a multitude of sectors and spaces. In the hectic bustle of life and work as usual, carving out space and time for innovation is essential.

What is it?

The Luc Hoffmann Institute associate programme is a two-year, part-time way for innovators from any sector to further their professional development and making a contribution to real-world, environmental problem solving. It provides a space to think differently, develop ideas and strengthen networking within and outside of the nature conservation sector.

Who is a typical associate?
The Luc Hoffmann Institute seeks associates with whom it can have a transformative impact, encourage innovation and systems change. There is no typical associate. Rather, diversity is what defines the Luc Hoffmann Institute associate programme. Associates might be academics, radical young practitioners, scientists, public and private sector leaders, communication professionals, independent scholars, policy analysts,     policymakers, thematic experts, activists, technology wizards, or other. What binds the Luc Hoffmann Institute associates is a commitment to identifying, contributing and respond to emerging solutions for societal change that strengthens the well being of nature and people.

How are associates selected?
Associates are selected to ensure a gender balance as well as diversity in culture, geography and subject matter. They are appointed for an initial two-year term to lead or contribute to a global initiative underpinning life on Earth. Following their two-year term, associates can apply for a one-year extension or join the Luc Hoffmann Institute Associates alumni group.

What does an associate do?
The work that associates are involved in is as diverse as the associates themselves. Associates may lead or support initiatives by doing such things as running or facilitating workshops, conducting research, pilot testing, organising communication campaigns, advising on specific matters, creating new project and funding proposals, or writing synthesis papers.

Associates meet regularly, either virtually or in person, to tackle systemic issues from a cross-sectoral, cross-disciplinary perspective.

How to become an associate?
The Luc Hoffmann Institute has the capacity to welcome approximately twelve associates every two years.

On the former Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Programme

In its early years, the Luc Hoffmann Institute was an independent research hub, turning science into action. In that capacity it had a Fellows Programme, which provided a diverse group of postdoctoral researchers with training and support, access to new networks and opportunities to engage with their peers. These fellows gained a range of ‘non-traditional’ skills proven to improve the success of science-policy collaborations. Such skills included negotiation and communication skills, trust building, project management, and navigating the science-policy interface to ensure that research has an impact. The Luc Hoffmann Institute fellows helped shape climate policy in Colombia, uncovered links between supply chains and biodiversity decline in the Cerrado in Brazil, developed tools to help cities lower their carbon footprint, and worked on the design of national parks in China. These are just a few examples of their contribution to global conservation efforts.

“My fellowship [was] an opportunity to be involved in real-world conservation, to link research to policy and practice. This is complex and navigating complexity is something you don’t learn as a student. Being associated with Dr Luc Hoffmann is a great privilege. My aspiration is to be able to contribute, even if in a small way, to addressing the great challenges the world faces.” – Angela Guerrero Gonzalez

Now positioned as an incubator of innovative solutions for life of Earth, the Luc Hoffmann Institute has built on its experience with the Fellowship Programme to develop its Associates Programme.