2021: 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

Join us at the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

Workshops – July 30-31, 2022
Conference – August 1-5, 2022

West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

 

 

The Society for Marine Mammalogy holds biennial international meetings with the goal of enhancing collaboration, sharing ideas, and improving the quality of research on marine mammals within the scientific community. SMM2021 will be the very first fully hybrid, live-virtual conference of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, and will attract the largest number of attendees since the first conference held in Santa Cruz in 1975.

Going hybrid means that SMM2021 will include both an in-person and virtual conference experience for attendees. People who – for a variety of reasons – will not be able to join the in-person conference, can still participate, share ideas, discuss important issues, and engage with other conference attendees. It’s a whole new kind of conference experience!

Our conference will attract eminent scientists and leaders from nations around the world to help chart a path of multidisciplinary research and collaboration now and for the next generation of researchers.

SMM2021 will span 5 days, each day including a plenary session with distinguished keynote speakers that will be live-streamed at the start of each day. Concurrent sessions will be accessible to virtual attendees via pre-recorded content, and access to an online forum for Q&A with presenters and other attendees. Workshops on crucial topics in marine mammal science and conservation will also be held prior to the main conference and currently there is no plan for virtual attendance. Virtual / recorded content will be available on-demand for all in-person and virtual attendees during the conference and for 30 days post conference.

Originally scheduled for December 2021, we have decided to postpone both the in-person and the virtual 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals until 2022. The new dates will be Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5, 2022 with workshops being held on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2022. All conference venues will remain the same.

The SMM2021 Conference Team has been closely monitoring COVID infection and vaccination trends throughout the pandemic. The global surge of infections related to the Delta-variant and the slow and inequitable rollout of vaccines compromises our ability to maximize participant safety and inclusivity. To read more about our decision to postpone the conference, click HERE.

Despite these challenging times, the organizing committee and the board of the SMM are working very hard to make this conference safe, diverse, and inclusive. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at SMM2021.

 

Visit the official conference website: smmconference.org

For more information about the SMM2021, and to get involved, contact: conference@marinemammalscience.org

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