Category Archives: Outside Conferences, Workshops & Symposia

UK SMM Student Chapter meeting (24-29 January 2019, Swansea, Wales)

The committee of the UK and Ireland Regional Student Chapter (UKIRSC) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy are pleased to announce our 13th annual conference. This year our meeting will be held on the 24th–26th January 2019 at Swansea University, Wales.


This is a free conference which aims to bring together students from all across the United Kingdom and Ireland who are interested in and study marine mammals. Students are encouraged to present and discuss their work with colleagues, and have the opportunity to attend workshops and talks given by experienced scientists and specialists.

Deadline for registration and submission of presentation abstracts is 5th January 2019.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit our website:


Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (29-31 March 2019; Washington DC)

Save the Date for SEAMAMMS 2019!

When: March 29-31, 2019
Where: Georgetown University

As a special treat, the Smithsonian’s “Whale Warehouse” will be open all day (9-5pm) Friday for free tours! This is one of the largest collections of marine mammals in the world, read about it here and here. Make sure you arrive early enough to visit the Warehouse before registration and the Ice Breaker in the evening. The Warehouse is located in Suitland, MD which is approximately 25 min to 1 hour Southeast of DC (depending on traffic). We recommend visiting the Warehouse before you check into your hotel/airbnb. See the ‘Whale Warehouse’ tab for more information!



Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos (3 Nov 2018, Lima, Peru)

We are pleased to announce the course ” Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos ”

To be held in Lima, Peru.  This course will be taught Spanish.

More details are provided in Spanish for potential attendees:

Taller: Métodos de estudios acústicos y visuales para la conservación de cetáceos

Si eres estudiante, egresado y te gustaría investigar sobre la ecología comportamental y poblacional de cetáceos aplicando métodos visuales y acústicos.

Te invitamos a participar en el presente taller que se impartirá en colaboración con las siguientes instituciones:

– Laboratorio de Ecología Acústica e Comportamiento Anima, Universidade Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia, Brasil

– Fundación MERI, Santiago de Chile.

– Madre Agua Ecoturismo e Investigación, Colombia.

– Proyecto CETACEA Ecuador, USFQ.

¡Te esperamos el sábado 03 de Noviembre en Lima, Solamac 2018!

Inscripciones en:


Australia/New Zealand Student Chapter Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (29-30 Nov, 2018, Griffith University, Qsld)

The fourth Australia/New Zealand Student Chapter Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy will take place on November 29th and 30th, 2018, starting at 9 AM at Griffith University (Queensland). There will be an optional half-day R workshop on Wednesday afternoon, November 28th, which will be run by our colleagues at Griffth. This opportunity will be free, suitable for all levels of R users, and open to all interested conference participants.

The Chapter has funding to provide meals during the two days of the conference, as well as the opportunity to cover most, if not all, accommodation costs for those travelling from outside of Brisbane (3 nights; depending upon need). We would, therefore, like to reiterate that all university students (undergraduates to postdocs) from Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia are welcome to attend.

We encourage attendees to give an oral presentation (15 minutes) or to present a poster about their current (or planned) work on marine mammals. The deadline to submit an abstract (max. 300 words) has been extended to Friday, November 9th.  Please send an email as soon as possible to with the subject ‘ANZSCSMM Abstract’, along with your name, affiliation, presentation preference, abstract, the state/country you’ll be travelling from, any dietary requirements, and a request for accommodation (if applicable). We will make decisions about travel grants based on the final number of participants. Those chosen to receive a travel grant will be notified the week after the deadline and will be reimbursed at the conference.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

A schedule and an abstract book will be sent out two weeks prior to the conference.

Washington chapter of the Wildlife Society – Marine Mammal meeting (28 Feb, 2019, Olympia, WA)

Marine mammals are good barometers of our environment. The status of these species and current efforts at their conservation are very timely due to climate change,  shortages of salmon, increases in boats and humans, and high levels of contaminants off of the West Coast of the United States.

On February 28th, 2019, there will be a marine mammal special session ​consisting of 18 speakers. The talks will cover cetaceans, pinnipeds, and mustelids. We plan on having speakers from Cascadia, NOAA-NMFS, OSU, WDFW, UBC, UW, Seattle Aquarium, Sealife Response Rehabilitation Research (SR3),  and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Including John Calambokidis, Dr. Scott Baker, Steven Jefferies, Dr. Alex Zerbini,  Dr. Robyn Angliss, and others. Talks will cover porpoise and sea otter recovery in Washington, comparing manned to unmanned aerial surveys, eDNA, the southern resident pod of killer whales, increased entanglement of whales off of the Washington Coast, and other interesting and timely topics.

This special session will take place on February 28th, 2019, during the annual meeting of the Washington chapter of the Wildlife Society (TWS) and the Society for NW Vertebrate Biologists and will go from 9am till 5pm with a couple of breaks and a hour for lunch. The meeting will take place​ in between Olympia and Centralia, WA (Great Wolf Lodge).  These meetings are wonderful venues for disseminating information and sharing research results.  TWS is very interested in increasing its focus on marine wildlife, especially marine mammals.

For further details, you can reach out to me by email at or read more about the meeting in the second call for papers at

Workshop/symposium proposals – International Congress for Conservation Biology (22-25 July 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology will be held from 22-25 July 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Proposals for symposia, short courses, workshops, and discussion groups are now beginning accepted.

All proposals must be submitted electronically 19 November 2018, 23:59 CET (UTC/ GMT+1 hour).

Only proposals submitted electronically through the submission sites will be considered. Decisions will be made by mid-December 2018. Complete instructions for submitting proposals are available in the ICCB 2019 Program Proposal Submission Guide. We anticipate that the submission process will be highly competitive. Please read and follow the information carefully.

We look forward to your submissions!

Submission of workshop proposals – Ecological Society of America 2019 meeting (11-16 Aug 2019, Louisville, Kentucky)

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is currently accepting proposals for  workshops, special sessions, field trips and Inspire ESA sessions  for ESA’s 104th Annual Meeting, Aug. 11-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.


The 2019 theme is “Bridging communities and ecosystems: Inclusion as an ecological imperative”.

Although session proposals related to the meeting’s theme are encouraged, any timely and coherent subject of broad interest to ecologists will be considered. Proposals will be peer-reviewed using criteria described in the proposal calls.

Proposals must be submitted through the online form by Nov. 15, 2018, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 Pacific). No late or emailed proposals will be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Program Chair Ryan McEwan (  ) Science Programs Coordinator Jennifer Riem (  )


Special sessions:

Field trips:

Inspire ESA sessions:

Submissions for contributed abstracts will open in January.

Student support – First African Bioacoustics Community Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2-7 Dec 2018)

The first African Bioacoustics Community Conference  will be held at  the University of Cape Town , South Africa (2-7 Dec 2018). 

This conference will have a strong marine mammal focus, including plenaries on underwater noise effects (Prof. Christine Erbe), seal communication (Dr. Isabelle Charrier) and passive acoustic monitoring of baleen whales (Dr. Salvatore Cerchio).

There is funding support available to help a limited number of  students/unwaged delegates based in Africa to attend (via The Acoustical Society of America). This will include the conference, icebreaker event and associated conference evenings (but not workshops or seal outing). For more info please check out: for further information

Application Deadline – 21st October 2018.

Please note the following:

  • This opportunity is open to current students or unwaged scientists/students from Africa or students registered at African Universities.
    • The opportunities will be provided on a merit basis.
    • Conference presentation is not a pre-requisite to receiving these awards, however, preference may be given to presenting students.
    • Supported persons are expected to attend the icebreaker (2nd Dec) and full conference days – 3rd to 6th December 8:30 am to 6pm.
    • Supported students are expected to write a short blog post about their experiences
    • To Apply – Please Send a short (300 word) letter of motivation and CV to:

Vaquita webinar (8 Nov 2018)

One-hour webinar, free and open to everyone

Saving Vaquita: Considerations in the Race Against Extinction

DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018

TIME: 12:00 pm PST /1:00 pm MST /2:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm EST


As Brooke Bessesen writes in her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, “Conservation is messy business.” Economic, cultural, political, and legislative forces all come into play when considering protection strategies for an at-risk species. And, frustratingly, the best approach for victory isn’t always clear. Local communities have to balance potential job losses and preservation of their cultural history with conservation goals. When governments help or hinder the cause, lawsuits become tools for action. Because of these complex dynamics, key players in the conservation effort may, at times, find themselves at odds—even if their end goal is the same.

This webinar, moderated by Dr. Tom Jefferson, explores the complicated issue of endangered species recovery through the lens of the now extremely rare porpoise, the vaquita, asking: When it comes to saving a species, is it possible to unify all concerned parties to fight for a common, singular objective? Bessesen will introduce the world’s smallest cetacean and explain the history of its plight. By examining the economic, cultural, and legislative aspects of vaquita conservation, audience members are encouraged to consider the universal goals and challenges related to disappearing species worldwide. We end with a Q&A.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register today!