Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

The Ocean Sciences Meeting (16-21 February 2020; San Diego, CA)

The Ocean Sciences Meeting, 16-21 February in San Diego, CA, is the flagship conference for those in the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community.

We invite you to propose a session or tutorial talk and encourage ideas with strong interdisciplinary themes that address new and emerging areas of research. As we look toward the 2021 launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, it is increasingly important to gather as a scientific community to raise awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, address environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet.

Co-sponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS), this meeting provides attendees the opportunity to bridge disciplines, connect communities, and make lasting partnerships.

The deadline for all proposal submissions is 22 May 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET. An active membership in AGU, ASLO or TOS is not required to submit a proposal.

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference (26-28 June 2019; Orlando, Florida)

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences are holding their annual conference on Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida.

The theme of this year’s conference is:

Inclusion and legitimacy in environmental studies and sciences: tensions and synergies.


Workshops and the welcoming plenary & icebreaker event will be held on 26th June.

The main conference will be 27-28th June.

Field trips are available for Saturday 29th June.

Cheap university accommodation is available ($40 a night) but numbers of rooms are limited.

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International Congress for Conservation Biology (21-25 July 2019; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The Society for Conservation Biology’s 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2019) will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 21-25 July 2019.

Researchers, students, agency personnel, environmental educators, practitioners, and other conservation stakeholders will join for lively discussions on the nexus between biodiversity conservation and genetics, ecology, biogeography, anthropology, history, psychology, economics, conservation marketing, religion, and more.

Call for Abstracts Deadline – Extended!

Afraid you’d missed your chance to submit your abstract to ICCB 2019? Don’t worry – we’ve opened a second call for abstracts that ends on 4 April 2019.

All proposals must be submitted online by 4 April 2019, 23:59 CET (UTC/ GMT + 1 hours).

Only abstracts submitted electronically through the submission site will be considered. Decisions will be made by late-April 2019. Complete instructions for submitting proposals are available in the ICCB 2019 Contributed Session Abstract Submission Guide. The selection process is highly competitive. Please read and follow the information carefully.

Types of Contributed Session Abstracts

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations are limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Contributed oral presentations will be grouped by theme/subtheme. Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation. This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation. If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a speed presentation or poster.

Speed Talk Presentations

Speed Talk Presentations are 5-minute presentations summarizing research or studies in process in a particular field that are grouped together by theme. Following the presentations, there will be time for presenters to talk one-on-one to delegates about their project. If your paper topic would be of interest to a wide range of people and you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to submit an abstract for a speed presentation. Please choose from the list of themes and subthemes and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your presentation. This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation. If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as a speed presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a poster presentation.

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations are a visual and concise way to showcase conservation science and projects that provide opportunities to interact with a wide audience and will take place during one of the four poster sessions.

Click here to submit your abstract.

For more details and to register, please visit

Symposium: Bright Future? Harbour porpoises in the Wadden Sea (11 April 2019; Wilhelmshaven, Germany)

You are invited to register for the scientific symposium on Harbour porpoises in the Wadden Sea.

The event is organized by the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat and the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Visitor Centre as part of ‘Harbour Porpoise Days 2019’ in Wilhelmshaven.

Please register by 29 March 2019 under (indicate your name and affiliation).

ACCOBAMMs Workshop: A collaborative threat-based management approach for cetaceans (9 April 2019; Messinia, Greece)


Tuesday 9th April 2019 – (14:15-18:30)

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarina, Messinia, Greece



The aim of this session is to present the ongoing ACCOBAMS threat-based management approach which incorporates the concepts of both Cetacean Critical Habitats (CCH) and Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) and to propose appropriate management tools and mitigation measures.

For an appropriate management of main human activities in the ACCOBAMS area, main resulting threats for cetaceans will be presented as well as examples of existing legislative framework and proposed mitigation measures in some specific areas with their strengths and weaknesses.

Recommendations of the workshop will assist the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat in providing the Countries with advices on targeted and effective conservation measures.



1.1.    ACCOBAMS

1.2.    CCH approach



2.1.    Main threats for cetaceans (ship strikes and continuous noise)

2.2.    Legislative tools

2.3.    Examples of proposed mitigation measures



3.1.    Main threat for cetaceans (impulsive noise)

3.2.    Legislative tools

3.3.    Examples of proposed mitigation measures



4.1.    Main threats for cetaceans (By-catch and depredation)

4.2.    Legislative tools

4.3.    Examples of proposed mitigation measures



5.1.    Main threat for cetaceans (Harassment)

5.2.    Legislative tools

5.3.    Examples of proposed mitigation measures






For more information please contact:

Léa DAVID (lé and Maylis SALIVAS (

Distance Sampling Training Workshops (August 2019; St Andrews, Scotland)

Distance Sampling Training Workshops 2019

In August 2019, the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, is hosting a series of linked, training workshops on distance sampling survey methods and analysis. Distance sampling (Buckland et al. 2001) is a widely used method of estimating density and abundance for marine mammals. Conducting such surveys are expensive and so it is important that survey designs and methods are appropriate. The introductory workshop covers the basic methods of distance sampling: for those wishing to learn more advanced methods, or indeed what to do when the basic assumptions of conventional distance sampling methods cannot be met, there is the ‘Advanced-level distance sampling’ workshop.

Introduction to R (for distance sampling): 19-20 August 2019

Many of the options available in the Distance for Windows program (Thomas et al. 2013) are now available in R (R Core Team, 2018) packages. The goal of this two-day workshop is to introduce participants to the R language and software for statistics, in the context of analysis of distance sampling data.

Introduction to Distance Sampling (using R): 21-23 August 2019

This workshop will give participants a solid grounding in the basic methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys. The statistical programming language R will be used for all computer sessions and therefore this workshop will be invaluable for those wishing to make the switch from the Distance for Windows program to R.

Advanced-level Distance Sampling: 26-30 August 2019

This workshop will cover the simulation of distance sampling surveys to allow different survey designs to be compared (thus allowing the user to select the most appropriate design), survey and analysis methods for estimating detection on the track line (i.e. double-observer methods) and spatial modelling of distance sampling data (as described in Miller et al. (2013)) to help describe and explain how animals use their habitat. The statistical programming language R will be used for all computer sessions.

For more information see or contact Louise Burt ( or Rhona Rodger (


Buckland ST, Anderson DR, Burnham KP, Laake JL, Borchers DL and Thomas L (2001) Introduction to distance sampling: Estimating abundance of biological populations. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK

Miller DL, Burt ML, Rexstad EA & Thomas L (2013) Spatial models for distance sampling data: recent developments and future directions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (11):1001–1010.

Ocean Alive Summer School (July 2019; Setúbal, Portugal)

Ocean Alive Summer School.

This course targets young people with interest for ocean issues. It’s conducted in conjunction with the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal – Marine Science and Experiential Learning Program. 

This marine science course is embedded into our award-winning local sustainability project, “Seagrass Guardians”. Participants will take on the challenge of developing life-changing and balanced solutions as part of their final evaluation. The course will take place in Sado estuary, Setúbal, Portugal.

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Marine mammal summer school (14-21 July 2019; La Paz, Mexico)

Marine mammal summer school

Basic module (50 h) 14-18 July (In Spanish)

Systematics and diversity
Oceanography and marine zoogeography
Ecology and life history
Anatomy and physiology
Conservation and current status
Human dimensions
Field trip (principles of navigation,distance sampling, first aid, sample preservation, pinniped census, and
much more)

Advanced modules (20 h each) 20-21 July (In English)

Ecotoxicology and Marine Pollutants
Juan José Alava, University of British Columbia, Canadá.

Stable isotopes in ecological and environmental studies
Seth Newsome & Emma Elliot Smith,University of New Mexico, USA.

Telemetry as a tool for animal ecology
Tenaya Norris, The Marine Mammal Center, USA.

Population genetics and conservation genetics
Larissa Rosa de Oliveira, UNISINOS, Brazil. Adrián Munguía-Vega, University of Arizona,

Passive Acoustic Monitoring and photoID database management
Sally Mizroch, NOAA, USA. Armando Jaramillo Legorreta, INECC, SEMARNAT, México.

Introduction to marine mammal rehabilitation and disease
Cara Field, The Marine Mammal Center, USA.

Behavioural ecology of marine mammals
Concepción García Aguilar, CICESE, México.
Diane Gendron, CICIMAR, México.
Sergio MarVnez Aguilar, UABCS, México.

For details and cost go to:



Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference (Orlando, Florida, 26-30 June 2019)

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences will be holding their annual conference at the University of Central Florida. Join students, practitioners, faculty and professionals at all career levels as they participate in interdisciplinary collaboration across workshops, panels, discussion symposia, mealtime roundtables and poster presentations.

This year’s conference theme is “Sustainable Futures”

Visit for more details.

About AESS

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is an independent faculty-and-student-based professional association in higher education, designed to serve the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving.