Anna Varga

Project Info

Role Global Environments Summer Academy 2011 participant
Nationality Hungarian
Region of Specialisations Europe

Project Description

I enjoy interacting with a varied range of people to promote nature conservation. As an active environmentalist since secondary school, I am extremely motivated and passionate about the link between biological and cultural communities. For my research – which explores landscape history, botany and traditional ecological knowledge – I am interviewing shepherds, farmers, NGO representatives and rangers of national parks.

I possess broad practical experience in networking and group leadership. I am a leader of the Hungarian Association for Land and People. I am a member of the Eastern European Ethnobiologists. I am a student representative of the Board of the International Soceity of Etnobiology. I intend to further develop the local, national and international networks of environmental biologists that I am already part of, with the addition of the GESA 2011 attendees.


[Update: December 2013] Anna was named Assistant Research Fellow at the Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in September 2013. Her research is about the traditional agro-forestry systems, especially the wood-pastures. After the three-year fellowship she would like to join to community conservation work or either work as a researcher to encourage the understanding of the relationship between land and people in the Carpathian basin.

Anna is the leader of the Hungarian Association for Land and People, the association that organizes the “Land and People” club in two different universities. She is also a student representative of the International Society of Ethnobiology’s Board (2012 to 2014).

Anna is currently involved in the four-year research project, AGFORWARD (AGroFORestry that Will Advance Rural Development), funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). She holds a key role in the working group, High Natural and Cultural Value Agroforestry, focusing on Hungarian wood pastures. [Updated December 2014]


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