Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

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).

Link to the program:

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

American Cetacean Society Conference (online 30 Jan 2021)

SAVE THE DATE: Jan 30, 2021
The ACS International Conference is going virtual! Amazing speakers, Q&A sessions, organization updates, and more-LIVE streamed to you. Tune in from the comfort of your couch (or kitchen table or bed or wherever you have an internet connection)!
The Scheduled Speakers:
🐳Erich Hoyt
🐬Gianna Minton, PhD
🐳Peter Corkeron, PhD
🐬Louisa Ponnampalam, PhD
🐳J.G.M. ‘Hans’ Thewissen, PhD
🐬Lori Marino, PhD
🐳Michelle Fournet, PhD
Stay tuned for more info-UPDATES coming soon!

Sentinels of Silence? Whale Watching, Noise, and the Orca  – video and panel discussion (4 Nov 2020)

In Washington’s Salish Sea, there are only 73 Southern Resident killer whales left – the lowest number in 30 years. These orcas face numerous threats to their continued survival, including sound disruptions from whale watching boats that affect their ability to hunt and communicate.

Sentinels of Silence? Whale Watching, Noise, and the Orca digs into these issues. To celebrate the documentary’s public release, join us for a musical performance and Q&A discussion with scientists, conservationists, and policy advocates. Registered attendees will receive a preview link to view the 26-minute documentary short.

Tuesday, Nov. 4
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Virtual Event (Zoom)

Sentinels of Silence:
Public Release and Panel Discussion

Mark Pedelty
Director, Sentinels of Silence
Professor, University of Minnesota

Donna Sandstrom
Founder and Executive Director, The Whale Trail

Sorrel North
Community organizer, Southern Resident Protection

Tim Ragen
Formerly of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

Ginny Broadhurst, Moderator
Director, Salish Sea Institute
at Western Washington University

Live performance of “The Great Salish Sea” by Dana Lyons

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Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment
and co-sponsored by the Georgia Strait Alliance and the Salish Sea Institute
at Western Washington University

African Bioacoustics Community Conference (2–5 November 2020)

Register now for the African Bioacoustics Community Conference, 2 – 5 November 2020

We have an amazing line-up of presenters from all over the world, over 25 of which focusing on marine mammal bioacoustics! Presentations cover topics such as machine learning, passive acoustic monitoring, the effect of seismic surveys, ecoacoustics and so much more! If that is not enough, come and watch the plenary talks by esteemed bioacousticians, with topics from marine bird hearing in air and underwater to the importance of sound to fishes, to long-term marine mammal research and everything in between! And remember, all talks will be available to registered participants for a whole month after the conference, so if you don’t get round to watching everything during the conference, you can come back and watch (or rewatch!) them at your convenience later!

The 2nd African Bioacoustics Community Conference will also be hosting an Online Movie Event throughout the conference to highlight bioacoustic science to both registered and non-registered participants!

Whether you are a professional with years of experience or an amateur with a few funny videos of your study species, we want it all!

Submitted content will fall under two broad categories:

  1. Feature Films
  2. Behind the Scenes and Unusual Observations.

To register now, visit our website:

Contact us for more information or to make your film submissions:

We look forward to having you there!!

Mindful Conservation Conference (online 4-9 January 2021). 

AN INVITATION to the world’s first virtual Mindful Conservation Conference (online 4-9 January 2021).

In a time of doom and gloom in the news, in particular for those involved in the environmental and conservation field, poor career prospects and competitive and stressful work environments, coping skills and self-help have never been more important for those in the conservation field.

The Mindful Conservation Conference is an important event for students, conservationists and science professionals of any kind.

Throughout the 4 day meeting, we will be addressing and highlighting important “elephant in the room” issues in the conservation field such as toxicity in academia, racism in conservation science, mental health of conservation practitioners and other important issues that are often hidden under the carpet by those in the conservation field.

In addition to highlighting these issues  we will also be proactive and instructive: teaching essential mindful and self-care skills that will ultimately help to improve the science/conservation industry as a whole.

The Mindful Conservation Conference is designed to help our guardians of  nature learn how to take care of themselves whilst challenging the status quo by encouraging teamwork, educating on the perils of selfishness and creating a safe and happy place for any who would boldly dedicate their lives towards human advancement and environmental protection.

The Mindful Conservation Conference was created in response to concerns about the high rate of “burnout” of students, scientists and practitioners leaving the  field due to toxic cultures in the workplace or academia and tough challenges that come with this field.

It is time to address these issues head on and deal with these negative issues in the conservation field, and in doing so help create a more friendly, productive, nurturing, mindful and ultimately more  sustainable and effective conservation field.

We would be most grateful if you could please share information about this conference to your friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Registration for the conference can be found at: Early registrants can join the meeting for as little as $20.

We look forwards to seeing you in January !

The MFCC Program Committee