A Primer on the IUCN Red List

Invertebrate Conservation Skills Webinar by Mike Hoffmann

The IUCN Red List is arguably the most influential conservation tool today, helping to inform conservation planning, management, monitoring and decision making. This session will:

  • introduce the IUCN Red List, including its history and what it aims to achieve;
  • provide a brief overview of the categories and criteria and some commonly misunderstood issues with their application;
  • explain who is involved and how the Red List information is produced;
  • discuss how Red List information is used;
  • and finally touch briefly on future directions.

By the end of this webinar attendees will understand what the IUCN Red List is and what it aims to do, how the criteria and categories broadly work, and how it is compiled and used.

Invertebrate Conservation Skills Webinars are online training events which are comprised of a 60 minute presentation from an sector professional, followed by a 30 minute live question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Each webinar will be accompanied by an online article summarising important links to resources and further information, as well as hosting a recording of the presentation.

Tutor: Mike Hoffmann

Mike Hoffmann heads up global wildlife recovery programmes at the Zoological Society of London. He has more than two decades of experience in international conservation, including having spent 10 years with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), where he worked extensively on the Red List. He is the former Chair of the IUCN Red List Committee and has participated in >1000 species assessments for multiple taxa ranging from mammals to seagrasses.  


The FSC BioLinks project is part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These conservation skills webinars are made available to UK-based professionals and volunteers at a subsidised cost of £10. For professionals that are not based in the UK, the cost of the course is £20.

£20 - For non-UK residents. Select Attendee (Online)

£10 - Subsidised by the FSC BioLinks project for professionals and volunteers based in the UK e.g. biological recorders, volunteers, wildlife gardeners, amateur naturalists and students. Select Attendee Discounted (online)

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Example Timetable

The format of our Conservation Skills Webinars is as follows :

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 60 minute talk presented by our expert guest speaker
  • 25-30 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

Each webinar will be accompanied by an online article summarising important links to resources and further information, as well as hosting a recording of the presentation.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

This is an Online Training Webinar

These webinars will be hosted on Zoom , a free video conferencing platform. We will email all attendees details of how to access the online course and the webinars closer to the course start date.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Time commitment

This webinar will require approximately 1.5 hours of your time.

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here: https://zoom.us/
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here: https://zoom.us/test