Centre for policy studies conducted the second session of the “Impact Talks” series on “Conservation concerns to protect a rare Himalayan pine” on December 19, 2020. The expert for the session was Dr. Rinki Sarkar, an independent environmental scientist and educator. Dr. Sarkar introduced us to her exciting interdisciplinary research engagements in the ecologically fragile Himalayan region. She shared with us the outcomes of a research study she was motivated to pursue as she was accidentally exposed to impending threats endangering a rare mountain pine. Her research promotes the importance of local community participation and evidence-based research as a prerequisite for designing implementable conservation policies of the State. Towards the end of the session, we also explored opportunities to conduct similar rural study workshops for the students at JKLU. The session was attended by students and they participated actively asking questions about independent research, funding opportunities, and research collaboration with Dr. Sarkar in future. This session was Organized and moderated by Ms. Chitranjali Tiwari.