Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (27-29 March 2020, Miami, Florida)

The 2020 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS) will take place on March 27-29 in Miami, Florida, hosted by the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). SEAMAMMS is a long-standing, regional, student-oriented, scientific marine mammal meeting. Preference will be given to marine mammal research conducted by students in the mid-Atlantic or Southeast Region, though all are welcome to attend.
For meeting details, including registration, abstract submissions, and hotel specials, please visit: .

International Marine Conservation Congress – Call for Symposia and Workshops (24-27 August 2020; Kiel, Germany)

The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress will take place in the sailing city of Kiel, Germany from 24-27 August, 2020. 

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science and use it to inform policy and management to catalyze change. The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

With over 700 marine conservation professionals and students in attendance, IMCC is the most important international event for anyone involved or interested in marine conservation. The meeting brings together marine conservationists from many walks of life including but not limited to scientists, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, artists and journalists.

The Call for Symposia and Workshops opened on 7th Oct. To support inclusive participation, (see research here) they’re offering a 20% discount on registration for all female leads and those from low-income nations!

Visit the IMCC6 website and follow @IMCC2020 on Twitter and Facebook for the latest congress news and announcements. Questions? E-mail

Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA5)

The proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA5), co-hosted by the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas and WWF Greece in April 2019 are now available!

ICMMPA5 gathered overall more than 250 scientists, experts, representatives of both governmental and non-governmental agencies, and private sector representatives (maritime and fishing sectors) from a total of 35 countries around the world.

The proceedings give you a comprehensive overview of the conference and reflect the way this growing community of practice channels efforts, enthusiasm and commitment into practical measures to achieve conservation of marine mammals, with special focus on the Mediterranean Sea and worldwide.

Active discussions resulted in recommendations, declarations, and practical guidance on topics ranging from managing fisheries and shipping interactions and sustainable whale-watching within MMPAs, to anthropogenic noise, to threats-based prioritization of management, to getting actively involved in marine spatial planning so as to achieve sustainable development, while providing a strong foundation for marine mammal conservation. We heard stories, exchanged ideas, furthered knowledge, and made commitments to carry the MMPA collaboration and good work forward, for the next decade and beyond.

For more information, please contact Amalia Alberini, Cetacean Conservation Specialist, WWF Greece, or Naomi McIntosh, ICMMPA Chair,

14th Annual UK and Ireland Society for Marine Mammalogy Student Chapter Conference (10-11 January 2020, Galway, Ireland)

The committee of the UK and Ireland Regional Student Chapter (UKIRSC) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy are pleased to announce our 14th annual conference. This year our meeting will be held on the 10th and 11th January 2020 at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway, Republic of Ireland.

This is a free conference which aims to bring together students interested in marine mammals from across the UK and Ireland. We encourage students to present their work in the form of posters, speed talks and 15 minute slots, along with the opportunity to network. We will also be running workshops and organising talks by invited experts within the field.

The event will kick-off with an ice-breaker event on Thursday 9th January, and will close with a conference dinner on Saturday 11th January.Registration and abstract submission will be opening soon! Deadline for this will be the 20th December 2019.For more information please visit our website:

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Please circulate among your labs – this is a great experience for students!

News from our Sister Society, SOMEMMA

The Mexican Marine Mammalogy Summer School: training new generations and strengthening our scientific society 

Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse1,2,*, Fabiola Guerrero de la Rosa1,2, Juan José Alava3, Geraldine Busquets Vass1,4, Frank Cipriano5, Raúl Díaz-Gamboa1,6, Fernando R. Elorriaga Verplancken1,4, Cara Field7, Concepción García-Aguilar1,8, Diane Gendron1,4, Alejandro Gómez Gallardo1,9, Claudia J. Hernández Camacho1,4, Valentina Islas Villanueva1,10, Armando Jaramillo Legorreta1,11, Paloma Ladrón de Guevara1, Sergio Martínez Aguilar1,12, Ibiza Martínez Serrano1,13, Luis Medrano1,14, Dilia R. Meza Castro15, Sally Mizroch16, Adrián Mungia-Vega17, Seth Newsome18, Christian Ortega Ortiz1,19, Aurora Paniagua-Mendoza1,20, Mario A. Pardo1,21, Larissa Rosa de Oliveira1,22,, Hiram Rosales Nanduca1,12, Diego Ruiz Sabio23, Jorge Urbán1,12, Lorena Viloria1,12

First proposed in May 2012 during the annual members’ meeting of the Mexican Society of Marine Mammalogy (SOMEMMA), the oldest Marine Mammal Society in the world, founded in 1979, we have now completed the fourth biennial Marine Mammalogy Summer School (E3M) in La Paz, Mexico. 

The E3M has been tremendously rewarding for both students and instructors. So far, we have trained nearly 200 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. Seeing so many students interested in learning about marine mammals has been inspiring to us, particularly at a time when nearly 20% of the 50 species of marine mammals that inhabit Mexican waters are endangered, and one, the Vaquita, is facing extinction. 

Akin to the species we study, the E3M has adapted and evolved from a four-day course focusing on basic biology of marine mammals to a two-module (regular and advanced) eight-day Summer School. We now offer our students 70 hours of lectures, hands-on wetlabs, and fieldwork training, nearly 20 subjects ranging from evolution and systematics to social dimensions of marine mammal conservation. Being held in the Gulf of California, the richest region in marine mammal species in Mexico, means that students have a unique opportunity to see a diverse community of odontocetes, mysticetes and pinnipeds during the fieldtrip, and acquire some hands-on experience in a wide variety of fundamental and cutting-edge techniques used to study and sample them.

We feel proud of what our Summer School offers. We have kept enrollment prices low, which has allowed us to attract participants from different parts of Mexico, the US, and various countries from Europe and Latin America, including students from non-coastal areas where marine mammalogy is rarely or never taught. At a cost of only $120 USD including accommodation, E3M is one of the most financially accessible specialized short courses in the world. E3M provides a unique learning opportunity. Because the E3M is not linked to a specific university or research center, but rather to SOMEMMA and the larger marine mammal scientific community it serves, various researchers from different parts of Mexico, as well as from other countries participate as instructors, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and different teaching styles that have helped engage our students. Many of the instructors tend to be at the back of the room during their colleague’s lectures, which has helped make the lectures very casual, accessible, and dynamic. It is common for questions posed by the students to be answered by different colleagues, which helps students understand concepts from different perspectives. These interactions have allowed the instructors to interact in unique ways that help strengthen ties among us and in some cases have led to new collaborations and students visiting each other’s labs to complete additional training.  

A key aspect that makes these courses affordable and effective is that organizers and instructors give their time and effort for free. Organizing the summer school takes a full year and involves raising enough funds to cover the cost of airfare for the participating instructors, hiring a ship, and ensuring accommodation for students and instructors. Our venture has not always been easy given the current economic situation, with deep budget cuts and scarce funding opportunities, especially for training programs. However, the institutions of our instructors have helped greatly via access to facilities, equipment loans, motorboats, crew members, and volunteer support staff. In particular, support from CICIMAR (Interdisciplinary Center for Marine Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute), WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Museo de la Ballena-Centro de Rescate (Whale Museum and Rescue Center), CICESE-ULP (Center for Scientific Research and Advanced Studies of Ensenada, La Paz Unit), various Mexican autonomous universities (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán), Ecology Project International, and CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology), has been essential for helping the E3M become what it is now.

‘Exciting’, ‘Life-changing’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Incredible’, ‘Marvelous’, ‘Heart’; these words have been used by students and invited instructors to describe the E3M. It certainly has been for us, and it has been especially encouraging to see so much interest in our field of study. After all, one of SOMEMMA’s statutes is to participate in the training of undergraduate and graduate students in marine mammalogy. While this has been accomplished for decades through our biennial conference and individual mentoring, younger members of SOMEMMA and the wider marine mammal scientific community we are benefiting from communal teaching and sharing our personal experiences in the field. In the process, as instructors, we are also learning about subjects that we are not specialized in.

We hope our experience with the Mexican Marine Mammalogy Summer School inspires other scientific societies to follow suit. At a time characterized by scarce funding, limited opportunities, individualism and fierce competition, it is heartening to see how community efforts based on sharing resources and knowledge can help motivate and mentor new generations of marine mammalogists to become interested in science, conservation, legislation, and management, all in a collaborative and collegial framework. We expect these next generations will greatly expand our understanding of marine mammal biology and help to contribute with new methods and conservation applications in benefit of the sustainability of marine ecosystems in Mexico and beyond.


1 Sociedad Mexicana de Mastozología Marina (SOMEMMA), Mexico. 2 Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro, 76230, Mexico. 3 Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada. 4 Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23096, Mexico. 5 Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California 94132, USA. 6 Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Yucatán, 97100, Mexico.7 The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California, 94965, USA. 8 Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Ensenada, Baja California, 22860, Mexico. 9 Univerisdad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, La Paz, 23080, Mexico. 10 Universidad del Mar, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, 71980, Mexico. 11 Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Ensenada, Baja California, 22860, Mexico 12 Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23081, Mexico. 13 Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91090. 14 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cd. de México, 04510, Mexico. 15 Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23090, Mexico. 16 Blue Sea Research, Seattle, Washington, USA. 17 The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 85721, USA. 18 Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131, USA. 19 Universidad de Colima, Colima, 28040, Mexico. 20 Red de Varamientos de Mamíferos Marinos de La Paz & MMARES, AC. Mexico 21 Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Unidad La Paz, La Paz Baja California Sur, 23059, Mexico. 22 Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil. 23 Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias Marinas, La Paz, BCS, 23000, Mexico.

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6th International Marine Conservation Congress (21-27 August 2020; Kiel Germany)

Announcing the 6th International Marine Conservation Congress, the largest academic conference on all aspects of marine conservation.

The meeting will be held in Kiel, Germany: 21-27 August 2020

Meeting website:

To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

With over 700 marine conservation professionals and students in attendance, IMCC is the most important international event for anyone involved or interested in marine conservation.

The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC6) will be held in the sailing city of Kiel, Germany located on the Kiel fjord it’s waterfront position and maritime history is the perfect setting. IMCC6 will bring together marine conservationists from many walks of life including but not limited to scientists, practioners, educators, policy-makers, artists and journalists. Join us in Kiel as we come together to help Make Marine Science Matter!

The meeting will also be immediately followed by the 2020 Oceans Online meeting (28th August) which covers using online  tools and social media to aid marine conservation.

It’s never too early to start planning for IMCC6. Be on the lookout for key dates for registration, abstract submission, student and travel grants, and more:
Call for Symposia and Workshops: October 2019
Call for Talks and Posters: December 2019
IMCC6 Registration: Early 2020

Marine Top Predator Session – 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting (16-21 Feb 2020, San Diego)

The 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting will take place 16-21 February 2020 in San Diego, California. The meeting is an important venue for scientific exchange across broad marine science disciplines, with sessions on all aspects of oceanography.  We would like to call your attention to a session we will be chairing entitled “Advances in the ecology, behavior, physiology, or conservation of marine top predators” (ME001).

This session has been convened at the Ocean Sciences meetings since 2010, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for researchers studying a variety of taxa (including marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and fish) to meet, exchange ideas, and explore commonalities in research methods, scientific questions, and conservation efforts.

Please consider submitting an abstract and attending the meeting. Abstracts are due by 11 September 2019.

23rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (NWSSMM) (University of Washington, Seattle;18-19 May 2019)

This is a reminder to registerfor the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Northwest Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (NWSSMM) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle on 18-19 May 2019!

Registration cost is TBD (max of $15 USD) and will include breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Registration for the meeting will be accepted up until the day of the meeting (on-site registration available).

The purpose of the annual meeting is to cultivate community among students studying marine mammals by creating a relaxed atmosphere to share research ideas, tribulations, and triumphs. Though the meeting is geared towards students, everyone and anyone interested in marine mammals are encouraged to attend!

Saturday, May 18th, will involve a full day of oral and poster presentations, followed by a group dinner at Big Time Brewery. On Sunday, May 19th, we are offering an optional outing to the Seattle Aquarium (behind the scenes!, max price of $10 for admission) and Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.

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Hope to see you in Seattle!

The NWSSMM 23rd Annual Meeting Student Organizers

Underwater noise webinars (May 2019)

The ocean is full of both natural and anthropogenic (human-made) sources of sound. Much attention has been focused on anthropogenic sound sources in the ocean and potential effects on marine mammals, fishes, and invertebrates.

Regulators, decision makers, public affairs officers, industry representatives, other members of the international regulatory community, and others interested in underwater acoustics are invited to participate in the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) free, four-part webinar series on anthropogenic underwater sound sources. The webinars will include an overview of anthropogenic sound sources, including commercial shipping, pile driving, seismic sources, and sonar.  Each webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and provide an update on current research efforts along with a review of noise mitigation measures. An extended period of facilitated discussion will also be included at the end of each webinar.

Prior to each webinar, an outline of the presentation(s), with links to relevant background content on DOSITS, will be made available. Participants are encouraged to review these outlines, as well as archived webinars on the potential effects of underwater sound on marine animals, before each sound source webinar. All webinars will be recorded and archived on the DOSITS website (Decision Makers Webinars).  A summary of questions asked, and their answers, will be posted online after each webinar.

The first two webinars of this four-part series will take place in May 2019 and will focus on underwater sound associated with seismic sources, pile driving, and wind turbines.  Subsequent webinars will take place in fall 2019 and will focus on commercial shipping, sonar, and echosounders.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 pm ET

  • Robert Gisiner: Seismic Sound Sources

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 pm ET

  • James Miller and Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa: Pile-driving
  • Jakob Tougaard: Wind Turbines

Interested individuals must register in advance for each webinar.

To register please visit:

To learn more about this webinar series or to view previous webinars or other, upcoming webinar dates and speakers, please visit the DOSITS webpage, Decision Makers Webinars.  Associated webinars and their resources were conducted in 2018, and have been archived here.

6th International Conference on Bio-Acoustics (Loughborough University, UK; 13-14 Aug 2019)

The sixth International Conference on Bio-Acoustics, organised by the Institute of Acoustics, will be held at Holywell Park, Loughborough University, UK, 13-14 August 2019.

The purpose of the conference will be to review the present state of this continually evolving subject area, to report on new developments and to examine future trends. Equal emphasis will be given to papers dealing with underwater, land-based and airborne studies, covering work which includes but is not limited to the bio-acoustics of birds, bats, insects, and marine and terrestrial mammals.

Particular themes of this conference will embrace, but are not restricted to:
– Biological sound production and reception mechanisms
– Performance evaluation of biological active and passive sonar systems
– Biological acoustic countermeasures and predator evasion techniques
– Physiological and behavioural impacts of anthropogenic sound
– Acoustic methods to reduce contention between animals and man
– Measurement and instrumentation systems used to study biological sounds
– Classification and analysis techniques for biological sounds
– Bio-inspiration and bio-mimetics – applying nature’s solutions to man-made systems
– Fisheries acoustics and other industrial applications related to bio-acoustics.

This conference will include an area for posters, exhibits and demonstrations. The aim of the poster area is to allow the informal exchange of scientific ideas, views and information.
Presenting authors will be encouraged to make use of the poster area to further explore their topic. Space will be made available if they wish to demonstrate working equipment.

Prospective authors should submit a title and abstract (up to 300 words) to, indicating whether they prefer poster or oral presentation.

Accepted abstracts will be listed on the website. Lead authors will be notified by email as soon as possible and will be given the option of submitting an extended abstract or a full paper by Friday 14 June 2019  for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Papers may be up to eight pages long, including diagrams, and must be prepared in the correct electronic format.

Further details of the conference, such as registration and programme will appear on the IOA web site when details have been finalised.