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Marine Biological Association’s 16th Annual Postgraduate Conference

The Marine Biological Association’s 16th Annual Postgraduate Conference is taking place in May 2019 at Newcastle University.

The 16th Annual MBA Postgraduate Conference 2019 aims to bring together postgraduate students, newly graduated students, research assistants and post-doctoral research fellows to promote their research, whilst providing an opportunity to meet with senior academics and leaders in marine and maritime industries. With a touch of the famous northern hospitality at Newcastle University, we aim to create a diverse, inclusive and thought-provoking environment for budding marine scientists, to stimulate discussion about cutting edge research and generate ideas that may lead to future collaborations. By liaising with local businesses and industry leaders in the marine sector, we hope to encourage those who attend to think about future connections between industry science partners.

At this conference we are committed to sustainability, therefore we are going paperless! Daily schedules are available to be downloaded below and keep up to date with all conference details on our social media pages. Our merchandise is eco-friendly and only reusable alternatives to single use plastics will be available. Wherever possible, we’ll be donating leftover food to local food banks.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to submit an abstract to #MBA19, please follow the link above (or email mba2019@newcastle.ac.uk), and submit an abstract of no more than 350 words. The abstract must:

  • concern marine science (e.g. your current research),
  • contain author information – name, organisation and email address,
  • begin with a title, in bold,
  • be in 12 point, Arial font,
  • be no more than two paragraphs,
  • contain keywords, in italics,
  • indicate its style – either oral presentation (12 minutes, 3 minutes for questions) – or poster presentation(portrait, A0)

The submission deadline for abstract is 31st March. After this, a poster or oral presentation will be awarded.

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Chagos Conservation Trust Annual General Meeting 2019

Please join us on Tuesday 12th March, 2019 for our Annual General Meeting with special guest Dr. Mark E. Laidre, Dartmouth College.

The evening, to be held at the Linnean Society London, will include CCT’s formal AGM and a fantastic presentation The coconut crab: behavioral ecology and conservation from Darwin to present by Dr. Mark E. Laidre, Dartmouth College who has previously been on expedition to study coconut crabs on Diego Garcia. One of Dr Laidre’s chief objectives is to continue a long-term field research program on coconut crabs with CCT.



2019 AGM
Tuesday 12th March
Linnean Society of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF

The event is FREE but please register to attend here

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An Interview with WiseOceans… Chiara Bertulli from Sea Watch Foundation

An Interview with WiseOceans… Chiara Giulia Bertulli from Sea Watch Foundation This week we chat to Chiara, Sightings Officer for Sea Watch Foundation.  With over 10 years experience in cetacean research, Chiara finds some of the most rewarding times are when she is able to share her love of cetaceans and inspire the next generation of […]

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The Second Maldives Marine Science Symposium

The Marine Research Centre is pleased to announce the second Maldives Marine Science Symposium which will be held in Malé, Maldives on 24th July 2018.

The Maldives Marine Science Symposium (MMSS) series will become a key biennial event that will bring together researchers working on important marine research projects in the Maldives to share their knowledge and experience with peers and broader public.

The broad objective of this one–day symposium is to share knowledge and experiences which will contribute towards the conservation and sustainable utilization of our valuable marine resources. We encourage presentations on a broad range of marine science topics, including marine biodiversity, climate change, oceanography and conservation ecology as well as resource utilization and marine spatial planning.

We invite all marine scientists active in the Maldives, including NGOs and independent researchers, to participate. Participants can present their work through either oral or poster presentations. Abstracts are to be submitted in advance as indicated below. Submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a Scientific Committee.

Symposium participation is free, but prior registration is required.





Important Dates

30th April 2018       Abstract submission deadline
31st May 2018        Notification of abstract acceptance
30th June 2018      Symposium Registration deadline
24th July 2018        Maldives Marine Science Symposium


Further Information

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at: info@mrc.gov.mv or write to Ms. Mariyam Nazeefa at mnazeefa@mrc.gov.mv


Abstract format and submission

•  Body of the abstract (Numbers 5-9 below) should be no more than 500 words and must be written in English.

•  Abstract should have the following information and must be submitted using the format provided (link below).


1. Title of the Abstract
2. Authors (s) / Presenter(s)
3. Affiliation and email address of the authors(s) / presenter(s)
4. Indicate whether it is an oral or a poster presentation
5. Introduction and background of the research/project
6. Objective of the research/ project
7. Method(s) and materials used
8. Summary of observations and results of the study
9. Conclusion(s)


•  Abstracts may be edited by Scientific Committee for clarity for publishing in the Abstract Booklet.

•  Click here to download abstract submission format.


Scientific Committee

Dr. M. Shiham Adam       – Director General, Marine Research Centre
Dr. Ameer Abdulla           – Marine Biologist
Dr. Charles Anderson     – Marine Biologist
Dr. Shazla Mohamed      – Dean, Faculty of Science, Maldives National University
Dr. Steve Newman          – Group Director of Conservation, Banyan Tree Maldives


Organizing Committee

Dr. M. Shiham Adam       – Director General, Marine Research Centre
Mr. Mohamed Shimal      – Senior Research Officer, Marine Research Centre
Ms. Mariyam Nazeefa     – Senior Research Officer, Marine Research Centre
Mr. Mohamed Ahusan     – Senior Research Officer, Marine Research Centre
Ms. Khadheeja Ali           – Senior Research Officer, Marine Research Centre


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African Marine Waste Conference


Join us in expanding a network to collaborate on developing an effective Marine Waste Strategy for Africa. Our aim is to facilitate a guide to best practice for waste management and harnessing a circular economy approach. With your help in creating this strategy, African nations can benefit from improved resource efficiency, job creation and economic development while helping safeguard their diverse and rich environment.

As waste knows no boundaries, this conference aims to draw together participants from all African coastal and island states. Our hope is that conference delegates with a multitude of backgrounds and expertise will work collaboratively to find shared strategies to solve problems within countries and across borders.

Conference Topics

  • Research
  • Policies and practices
  • Education and awareness
  • Conservation
  • Data, GIS and mapping
  • Plastics and litter
  • Oil, aerial and chemical pollution
  • Socioeconomic impacts
  • Circular economy and blue economy
  • Role of businesses
  • Special challenges of municipalities
  • Recycling and upcycling
  • Exciting innovations

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Humpback Whale World Congress

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.

Latest information from HWWC2017

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