Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

Coastal Futures 2022 Innovation for Ocean Recovery – Online Conference (18-20 Jan 2022)

The Coastal Futures conferences began in 1994. The title of the first meeting was ‘Marine Environmental Management – Review of Events in 1993 and Future Trends’. The meeting has evolved but the essence of review and future trends remains with its main function being to brief a wide cross section of coastal and marine practitioners on topical issues covering a wide range of sectors.

The conference offers:

  • Strong perspectives – from key stakeholders and industry leaders, who take a proactive approach to the sustainability agenda.
  • Reviews – from acknowledged experts in many subjects.
  • Future trends – pointers to future areas of activity which will directly affect your work
  • Networking – an excellent opportunity to meet those at the forefront of these issues

Coastal Futures sets out to:

  • Deliberately bring together different sectors to discuss important developments and concerns.
  • Describe the actual changes that are taking place in the environment that are causing concern and actions being taken to deal with these.
  • Describe the developing programme of legislation and policy which is unfolding to meet these concerns.

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2022 Ocean Science Meeting (Online, 27 February-4 March 2022)

OSM 2022

Pilina means connection, relationship, and association and is an important value in Hawaiian culture that encourages inclusivity and collaborations to achieve results that cannot be accomplished with one person alone. The 2022 OSM focuses on the importance of strong pilina for the ocean science community. By coming together, we can forge a path toward a sustainable future.

At a time when many aspects of life can feel uncertain, finding balance is important.

More than 5,300 ocean specialists from over 75 different countries submitted abstracts for OSM22, a conference that will show balance through:

“Come Together and Connect” focuses on strengthening the ocean sciences community through discussing both basic and applied research while making scientific and social connections.

Co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS), Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the global leader in ocean sciences conferences. Balance is key to OSM 22 – enabling as many people to meet as possible across media, disseminating scientific knowledge, and creating personal connections all while considering the ocean and planet we want for the future.

For more information on OSM22, please see the FAQ, which includes information on registration, program and more.

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North American Congress for Conservation Biology (16-21 July, Reno, Nevada)

The North American Congress for Conservation Biology 2022 will be held at the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno, Nevada, July 16-21, 2022.

Please mark your calendars now and check back soon for more information on the conference and Reno-Tahoe area attractions!

Important Dates

December 13, 2021 – Call for Abstracts Opens – More info coming soon!

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International Congress for Conservation Biology (online) 13-17 December 2021

The Society for Conservation Biology’s 30th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2021) will take place virtually this 13-17 December. Pre-congress sessions (i.e. training courses, workshops, roundtables) will be held between 6-10 December. 

ICCB is the premier global meeting for conservation scientists and professionals, including researchers, students, agency personnel, environmental educators, practitioners, and other conservation stakeholders. Attendees gather for lively discussions and scientific presentations on the nexus between biodiversity conservation and genetics, ecology, biogeography, anthropology, history, psychology, economics, conservation marketing, religion, and more.

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Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (ONLINE) October 5-8, 2021

As a part of the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students, SCCS-NY provides opportunities for emerging scientists to professionally network, gain experience, and present and get feedback on their work. Interactions with peers as well as leaders in science, policy, and management will encourage collaborations, inspire further research, and create lasting professional connections.

Registration fee: $50

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The 2021 Conservation marketing and engagement conference (ONLINE) 27-30 October 2021

Conference theme: Changing behavior in a changing climate

What is Conservation Marketing? 

We define conservation marketing as ‘the ethical application of marketing strategies concepts and techniques to influence attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of individuals, and ultimately societies, with the objective of advancing conservation goals.’

Now more than ever the field of conservation needs to respond to wicked problems – like climate change – that are driving the degradation of our natural and social worlds. Conservation marketing assumes that conservation behaviors operate in a complex environment that includes multiple competing factors, such as social norms, infrastructural barriers, and personal identity to name a few. The approach of conservation marketing is grounded in understanding one’s target audience in order to create sustainable and meaningful change.

Marketing techniques are often used to sell a commercial product, but conservation marketing applies these same or similar techniques to encourage pro-conservation behavior change. Insights from conservation marketing can help organizations design targeted outreach campaigns and can help practitioners understand how to fundraise for less charismatic species or how to select a celebrity spokesperson for their cause.

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Registration fee: $60


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SOMEMMA Virtual Conference Invitation

A message from our colleagues at Sociedad Mexicana de Mastozoología Marina about the upcoming online conference:

During the XXXVII International Meeting for the Study of Marine Mammals (May 3-6, 2021) by the Mexican Society for Marine Mammalogy (SOMEMMA), which will be online, 6 keynote conferences will be given. Are you interested in just registering for them? We offer you an exclusive package with a cost of $500 MXN ($25.00 USD), to access only these talks. It is a good opportunity to learn from the greatest.

Here are descriptions of the speakers for this conference

**Important: There will be simultaneous translation from Spanish to English.


You can solve doubts in the following account, and it is to whom you need to send your payment receipt, with name, institution and if you are a student/professor:

European Cetacean Society free webinar (15-19 March 2021)

At the ECS we believe it is important for the marine mammal scientific community, not only in Europe but worldwide, to stay in touch during the corona pandemic. Hence, we are delighted to announce the final program for an ECS WEBINAR taking place between 15th to 19th March 2021, where invited experts will share their knowledge and experiences with the wider community on a range of topics covered traditionally at the ECS conferences. We hope that the program we put together is as interesting to you, as it is to us!

To gain access, please follow the guidelines given at the end of this notice.

Monday, 15 March

14:45 – 15:00 (CET) – Welcome presentation to the webinar, by Dr. Joan Gonzalvo, Chair of the European Cetacean Society

15:00 – 15:30 (CET) – Are all marine mammals affected by climate change?, by Camille Albouy –IFREMER, Unité Ecologie et Modèles pour l’Halieutique, EMH

15:30 – 15:45 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

16:00 – 16:30 (CET) – Cetaceans as oceanic engineers, by Dr. Heidi Pearson – Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast

16:30 – 16:45 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

Tuesday, 16 March

10:00 – 10:20 (CET) – Impacts of disturbances on marine populations – the importance of animal movements and energetics, by Dr. Jacob Nabe-Nielsen –  Department of Bioscience, Section for Marine Mammal Research, Aarhus University

10:20 – 10:30 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

10:40 – 11:00 (CET) – “Porpoise conservation from science to regulation – basic principles illustrated by German wind farm developments, by Dr. Michael Dähne – German Oceanographic Museum

11:00 – 11:10 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

11:20 – 11:50 (CET) – Studying the environment and ecology of the deep diving elephant seals: 20 years of sensors development, by Dr. Christophe Guinet – Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, CNRS-La Rochelle Université

11:50 – 12:05 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

Wednesday, 17 March

15:00 – 15:30 (CET) – Cetacean conservation: why maths matters, by Dr. Greg Donovan

15:30 – 15:45 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

16:00 – 16:30 (CET) – 50 years of learning from the bottlenose dolphins of Sarasota Bay, by Dr. Randall S. Wells – Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

16:30 – 16:45 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

Thursday, 18 March

10:00 – 10:30 (CET) – Cetacean tourism: It takes time and space, by Dr. Rochelle Constantine – School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland

10:30 – 10:45 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

11:00 – 11:20 (CET) – Narwhals in peril, by Professor Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Greenland Institute for Natural Resources

11:20 – 11:30 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

11:40 – 12:00 (CET) – Killer whales of the Strait of Gibraltar, an endangered subpopulation showing a disruptive behaviour, by Dr. Ruth Esteban – Madeira Whale Museum

12:00 – 12:10 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

Friday, 19 March (Students Session)

15:00 – 15:20 (CET) – Temporal acoustic occurrence of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) off western Ireland, by Cynthia Barile – Marine and Freshwater Research Centre – Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

15:20 – 15:30 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

15:40 – 16:00 (CET) – “Deep-diving beaked whales dive together but forage apart, by Jesús Alcázar-Treviño – BIOECOMAC, Departamento de Biología Animal, Edafología y Geología. Universidad de La Laguna (ULL)

16:00 – 16:10 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

16:20 – 16:40 (CET) – Fishing practices affect the behavioural budget of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Montenegro, South Adriatic Sea, by Laura Rudd – DMAD – Marine Mammals Research Association

16:40 – 16:50 (CET) – Period for questions to the presenter.

The webinar is open to everyone and no registration is needed. It will be hosted by the ECS using ZOOM WEBINAR.

To get access links, please send an e-mail to You will automatically receive the necessary information.

The presentations will be recorded and posted online to render them accessible to a wider audience after the event, unless indicated otherwise by those presenters who may be sharing some sensitive material (e.g., unpublished data).

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International Congress for Conservation Biology (12-16 Dec 2021; Kigali, Rwanda)

International Congress for Conservation Biology

ICCB 2021: The Future is Now: Sustaining biodiversity for today and tomorrow

Proposal Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit proposals for symposia, workshops, roundtable discussions and training courses for SCB’s International Congress for Conservation Biology () is next Tuesday 16 March.

Visit the  for information on each session type and to submit your proposal.

We understand that Covid-19 temporarily complicates your ability to assemble a definitive lineup of speakers for an in-person event. Consequently:

  • Proposals do not require a full list of committed speakers at this time.
  • Starting in May, organizers who are short of invited speakers will have an opportunity to source talks from accepted abstracts for contributed presentations (oral and speed talks).

We hope this flexibility will help you organize a proposal in this uncertain time. Finally, please note that we’re prepared to move ICCB to a virtual format, if necessary (see ). Accepted proposals will be valid for both congress modules. Should ICCB happen in-person, we will accommodate limited virtual presentations in select symposia.

ICCB Announces its First Plenary Speaker!

We’re excited to announce Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka as an ICCB plenary speaker! Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka is the founder and CEO of Conservation through Public Health (), a non-profit that focuses on the interdependence of wildlife and human health.

Covid-19 has rearranged our priorities as conservation scientists and practitioners, highlighted humanity’s fragile relationship with nature and introduced opportunities to reposition biodiversity conservation in society. We are excited to spotlight Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka’s exemplary work on the interdependence of human health and wildlife conservation and obtain her insights on what conservation scientists and practitioners can do to help avoid future pandemics.

Questions? Contact

Award winning conservation scientist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is the founder and CEO of Conservation through Public Trust. She will deliver a keynote address at ICCB. Photo by Jo Anne McArthur.

Planning for ICCB: Covid-19 Contingency Plan

The enables SCB and ICCB service providers to pivot smoothly and in a timely fashion from an in-person congress to a fully virtual event. Mindful of the time attendees need to organize travel plans to Rwanda, secure funding, etc., our contingency plan provides at least five months advance notice (mid-June – mid-July 2021) of any decision to move ICCB to a virtual platform.

ICCB 2021 Theme

The theme for ICCB 2021—The Future is Now: Sustaining biodiversity for today and tomorrow—highlights the urgent need to conserve biodiversity for the present as we advance the science, practice, and social justice-based knowledge necessary to sustain life for future generations.

There are about 1,063 mountain gorillas in the wild. Their conservation is considered a success story in Rwanda and the region.
Lake Ruhondo, Central Highlands, Rwanda. Whether industry and development in heavily industrialized nations or rural villages in developing countries, the demands on landscapes to support human activity and life threatens the species and biodiversity upon which we all depend.

Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is a highly walkable capital city known for vibrant markets, historical monuments, a thriving art scene, and a range of budget-friendly accommodation options that offer easy connections to the business district and the Kigali Convention Centre, the host venue for ICCB 2021.

Rwanda is a leader in conservation, becoming one of the first nations in the world to ban single-use plastics and hailed for its efforts to conserve endangered mountain gorillas and establish responsible eco-tourism sectors that support robust biodiversity and economic growth. Rwanda is home to several ecosystems rich in biodiversity and several national parks, including the famous Volcanoes National Park.

In addition to mountain gorillas, Rwanda supports hippos, giraffes, elephants, leopards, zebra, and more than 700 species of birds. Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage and celebrates its creativity and environment throughout the year with festivals and events. It is the top nation in the world for the proportion of women in parliament and invests heavily in museums and cultural history.

With its reliable transportation infrastructure, travelers can navigate Rwanda’s beautiful countryside and connect to daily flights to southern, central and east Africa.


Challenges, opportunity, and beauty: Photos in this announcement show challenges and opportunities in conservation, including the Mountain gorilla, a conservation success story, the Central Highlands, which shows pressure on the landscape to support communities, and the three volcanoes at the intersection of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda borders: Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabinyo; their wild peaks tower over rich biodiversity of the mountains and the landscapes that support community life.

The Regal Sunbird (Nectarinia regia, top photo) is native to the Albertine Rift montane forests stretching from Uganda to Tanzania. Sourced from.

Mindful Conservation Conference (online 4-9 January 2020)

Do you work in marine conservation or the environment and the field is getting you down? If your work environment stressful or toxic? Are all of the paper, grant or job application rejections getting you down? Are depressed about the state of the planet and are you feeling frustrated about being able to do little to help?

Then come to the Mindful Conservation Conference. A meeting designed to help those working in marine conservation science or practice, to cope with the trials and tribulations of the career.

Featuring several speakers from the field of marine mammal science including: Drs Claire Simeone, Chris Parsons, Fabien Ritter and Ashley Scarlett.


Tickets start from $30