Gonçalo Figueira

Gonçalo is an anthropologist who works on a variety of humanitarian and social causes, as well as rewilding, environmental education, organic farming and nature conservation. He started to take notes on lightning bugs in Portugal when he was child, because they were present in his garden in Lisbon. Now he runs the first and only bioluminescence survey in Portugal (part of which covers other countries as well).

email: livinglightfestival[at]

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John tyler

John has worked in practical nature conservation and education for much of his life. He has a particular fondness for the European glow-worm Lampyris noctiluca, on which he has written a book and been involved in studies on its behaviour, defence mechanisms and status in the UK.

email: johnclarketyler[at] | website:



Sonny is a conservationist for the Malaysian Nature Society, where he does advocacy work for species and habitat conservation involving schools, members of the public, corporations and local communities. His favourite species are of course the fireflies, ever since joining the organisation.  

email: conservation2[at] | website: Malaysian Firefly Blog