Dr. Lilian Pintea – Hope is Unlocking the Potential of Science, Tech, & Tools (Jane Goodall Hopecast S2 EP9)


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Episode Summary

Dr. Lilian Pintea: Hope is Unlocking the Potential of Science, Tech, & Tools to Create a Brighter Future for People, Animals, & The Planet

In this episode of the Hopecast, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Dr. Lilian Pintea, Vice President of Conservation Science at the Jane Goodall Institute USA. Dr. Pintea has been with JGI for over 17 years and in his current role, he oversees all science activities and functions at JGI, supporting departments and country offices by integrating research, analysis, tools, and technological innovation to support JGI’s mission. In Jane’s words, he’s a “brilliant and innovative scientist with a deep understanding and respect for the people and wildlife he works with.” And, one of her favorite people. In this fireside conversation, Jane and Lilian talk about his journey to becoming a scientist that was shaped by his education from all over the world – from Russia to Romania to the United States to Tanzania. Together, they reminisce on the early days of the Tacare program – JGI’s community-led approach – and reflect on how by sharing technologies like Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and maps with the communities around chimpanzee habitats, JGI is able to create a common understanding of landscapes, opportunities, and threats.

Through these tools, local communities can lead better decision-making for their own lands – for sustainable development and conservation goals alike. Dr. Pintea shares with Jane about the future innovations being developed now that will further the potential of how people and technology can come together to overcome challenges. In one example, Gombe Stream Research Center partners with Microsoft’s Project Premonition to better track and predict zoonotic disease spillover using mosquitoes as indicators. Lilian’s focus on both the technological potentials, tools, and realities of local knowledge advances conservation in innovative ways by “connecting scientists to decision makers.” As Jane always says, “the head and heart need to work in harmony to attain our full potential,” and Dr. Lilian Pintea is proof of that. In Summer 2022, JGI will be partnering with Esri – a leader in geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications – to publish a book on Lilian and JGI’s work focusing on this community-led approach called, “Local Voices, Local Choices.”

At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear Jane recount the way in which Tacare -JGI’s community-led conservation approach -created a true partnership and collaboration with local communities who arethe leaders of local conservation decision-making improving the lives of people, other animals, and ecosystems across the chimpanzee range

Read this episode’s full transcript here.

Stay tuned…Season Two Episode Ten is coming soon!

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About Author

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of-a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to build a better world for all. As we face some of the greatest challenges to humankind and the natural world, we have a unique opportunity: the power of technology to connect and share ideas. Now is the time to galvanize people around Jane’s message of hope in action and bring big thinkers together to change hearts and minds alike. The Jane Goodall Hopecast is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute by Dan DuPont, Shawn Sweeney, and Ashley Sullivan. Our production partner is FRQNCY Media. Michelle Khouri is our executive producer, Enna Garkusha is our producer, and Matthew Ernest Filler is our editor and sound designer. Our music is composed and performed by Ruth Mendelson with additional violin tracks from Angie Shyr. Sound design and music composition for the Conservation Chorus is by Matthew Ernest Filler.