What will nature management and preservation, biodiversity conservation, and nature research look like in the future? Traditional working methods require a significant commitment from organisations and their employees, such as site managers, researchers, and volunteers. They can now expect excellent support from unexpected quarters, including innovative technology such as sensors, camera traps, DNA analyses, drones, and artificial intelligence. These new instruments help researchers collect data that was unimaginable previously. North Sea seals are now equipped with digital data collectors to gain insight into their behaviour far into the sea and deep under the water. Innovation for nature conservation is the theme of the 101st Dies Natalis of Wageningen University & Research on 11 March.