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Humpback Whale World Congress

July 3, 2017 - July 7, 2017

Humpback Whale World Congress


From 3rd to 7th July in Reunion Island, Indian Ocean

Le Humpback Whale World Congress 2017

It is a congress dedicated exclusively to the species Megaptera novaeangliae, common named humpback whale, because it is among the most observed and studied species of marine mammals.
This second edition will focus on “Humpback Whales: New and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understand and Promote Conservation of Migratory Species”

The motivation behind this congress consist of:

  • Presenting research on humpback whales in their feeding area, their breeding site and during their migrations.
  • Facilitating meetings between researchers, students, professionals and amateurs.
  • Developing observation programs, studies and conservation of humpback whales at local, regional and global scale.
  • Encouraging scientific studies and conservation efforts of humpback whales

The conference goes inline with a project led by the council of Reunion Island, which is part of the inscription of the Indian Ocean migration routes in the UNESCO World Heritage.


Cetamada Association co-organize with the council of Reunion Island, the 2nd edition of Humpback Whale World Congress that will be held at the STELLA MATUTINA Museum, Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

A Malagasy organisation, established since 2009, is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and their habitat in Madagascar. The organisation is committed towards a sustainable development approach through the involvement of the local population. CETAMADA activities are focused on four types of action: training and promotion of responsible and sustainable ecotourism, education and awareness of the environment and marine heritage, development of community activities and scientific research.

The Council of Reunion Island, a French regional institution, is responsible for and leader of biodiversity tasks, manager of the classification gap of Humpback Whale migratory path as World Heritage Site

Reunion Island

A Vanilla Island destination in the Indian Ocean, the Reunion Island offers a multitude of landscape, through its mountains, waterfalls, beach and the volcano, this place is known as the “Intense Island” and also localized on the Humpback Whale’s migratory routes.

Objectives of Humpback Whale World Congress

The Humpback Whales World Congress was established with the intentions of advancing scientific inquiry and conservation efforts of the humpback whales in their feeding ground, their breeding site and in their migration path. The congress will bring together researchers, scientist sand organizations working in the various fields of research and conservation, promoting the exchange of expertise and partnerships.

The different topics are:

– Basic Research:  Anatomy, biology, ecology, ethology, population dynamics, engineering science, economy, history, whaling.

–  Applied Research:  Research methods (visual observation, acoustics, genetics, tagging, drones), data collection and storage protocols, analysis assistance software and tools, (tail fin identification, automatic classification of sound units).

– Regional collaboration programs:  Workshops will help facilitate exchange of knowledge, practices and experiences to favour conservation based partnerships.  

– Management, conservation and implementation of sustainable development policies:  Preventive measures, creation and management of Marine Protected Areas, control measures for human activity impact, climate change, the role of citizen science, alternatives to natural resource development.

– Economy and social implication:  As humpback whales are a coastal species, they can generate direct and indirect economic activities for local communities.

The Keynotes speakers

  • Blount, Wild book for data and tool management, USA
  • Cerchio, New England Aquarium, USA
  • Christiansen, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Collins, Wildlife Conservation Society, Africa Coordinator IUCN
  • Hunt, Northern Arizona University, USA
  • Jarman, Univeristy of Porto, Portugal
  • Pack , University of Hawaii
  • Palsboll, Marine Evolution and Conservation, Netherlands
  • Reidenberg, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
  • Waples, National Marine Fisherie Service, NOAA, USA.

The scientific committee

  • Prof ADAM Olivier, Institut des Neurosciences Paris Saclay, France
  • Dr CERCHIO Salvatore, New England Aquarium/ Indocet Consortium, USA
  • Prof CHARRIER Isabelle, Institut des Neurosciences Paris Saclay UMR 9197 CNRS, France
  • Dr DULAU Violaine, Globice/ Indocet Consortium, Reunion Island
  • Dr DUNLOP Rebecca, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof FINDLAY Ken, Centre For Sustainable Oceans Economy, Cap Peninsula University of technology / Indocet Consortium, South Africa
  • Dr FOSSETTE Sabrina, University of Western Australia/ Indocet Consortium, Australia
  • Dr GARRIGUE Claire, UMR ENTROPIE, IRD / Indocet Consortium, New Caledonia
  • Prof GLOTIN Hervé, University Toulon, CNRS, sabiod.org, France
  • Dr JAEGER Audrey, University of La Réunion, Reunion Island
  • Dr JUNG Jean-Luc, Biogemme University of Brest, France
  • Prof LE CORRE Mathieu, University of La Réunion, Reunion Island
  • Prof MERCADO Eduardo, Neural and Cognitive Plasticity Laboratory/University at Buffalo, USA
  • Prof PALSOLL Per, Marine Evolution and Conservation – GELIFES, Netherlands
  • Dr REIDENBERG Joy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
  • Dr ROBBINS Jooke, Center for Coastal Studies, USA
  • Dr ROSENBAUM Howard, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
  • Dr STIMPERT Alison, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, USA
  • Dr TRUDELLE Laurène, Bioacoustics Team, Institut de Neurosciences Paris-Saclay (NeuroPSI), France
  • Dr VASQUEZ Oswaldo, Atemar, Asesoría Ambiental y Tecnología Marítima, Republique Dominicaine

The provisional program

  • 3rd July and 5th July: Plenary sessions and oral presentations
  • 6th July: Special sessions and thematic workshops
  • 7th July: Completion of workshops and “whale watching”

Proposed special session

The World Cetacean Alliance has offered to hold a special session focused on “Whale Heritage Site”, a subject which will bring its argument on the interest of the humpback whale’s migratory route classifying as a world heritage of Unesco, in the Indian Ocean area.

– The Council of Réunion will organize a special session focused on the “chemin des baleines”
– The Indian Ocean Cetacean consortium, a group of researchers working on cetaceans in the Indian Ocean, is planning a workshop at the congress and will open its doors to all countries in the zone.

Call for abstract

Abstracts on any topics related to humpback whales research and conservation are welcomed and will be considered for peer-review. Priority will be given to abstracts showing with a high scientific quality, meeting the diverse issues on the knowledge and the conservation of the humpback whales.

Abstracts must be in English, the official language of the congress, and should not exceed 350 words.

Abstracts must contain the following information: Title, name of author(s), affiliations, postal and email addresses.

Abstracts must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font; single-spaced with justified alignment. Abstract files should be submitted in plain text format only.

Abstracts should provide a brief statement outlining the aim, the methodology, the results and a conclusion.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and must be submitted to HWWC Scientific Committee no later than March 17th 2017. Final of acceptance for oral presentations and poster session will be noticed to authors on April 17th, 2017.

Key Dates and Deadlines

– January 2nd, 2017: Opening for early registration

– March 17th, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission

– April 17th, 2017: Decisions for abstract submission

– May 1st, 2017: Online release of the program and call for paper for special issue

– July 3rd to July 7th, 2017: Congress in Reunion Island, Indian Ocean

The team is willing and able to provide more informations if needed, please feel free to email at secretary@hwwc.mg

Abstract should be submitted to info@hwwc.mg.

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