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About Conference

The 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society will take place in Gdynia, Poland between 2-7 April 2006 and will be hosted by the University of Gdańsk (Hel Marine Station) in co-operation with the Foundation of the Development of the University of Gdańsk and Gdynia City.

The honorable sponsorship of the Conference was accepted by the Minister of the Environment, Rector of the University of Gdańsk and the Mayor of Gdynia City.

The European Cetacean Society was founded in 1987 after concerns were expressed over the status of the harbor porpoise in Europe. This followed reports of widespread declines of porpoise populations in the face of the rising influence of human activity, particularly in near-shore waters. Since that time threats to a variety of marine mammal species inhabiting coastal ecosystems have increased. Therefore in the year of the jubilee conference of the ECS we should mould public opinion to be aware that the current situation requires consideration and mitigation of the effects of human activity. The results of the 20-year-research and observation should contribute to the search of how man can co-exist with marine mammals in coastal ecosystems.

The venue of the Conference will be the Music Theatre in Gdynia, one of the biggest and most important music concert halls in Poland.

The conference organizers will offer options to set up workshops on the days before and after the conference (2nd and 7th April).

Papers on all aspects of the biology, ecology, management and conservation of cetaceans and other marine mammals are welcome.

Organizing Committee
  • Iwona Kuklik (Chair), Hel Marine Station, University of Gdańsk
  • Krzysztof Skóra, Hel Marine Station, University of Gdańsk
  • Tomasz Żelazny, Foundation of the Development of the University of Gdańsk
  • Maria Sobieraj, Foundation of the Development of the University of Gdańsk
  • Jerzy Abramowicz, Foundation of the Development of the University of Gdańsk
  • Roland Lick, ECS treasurer
  • Cristina Beans, ECS student matters
  • Thierry Jauniaux, ECS conference coordinator
  • Jan Willem Broekema, ECS webmaster
  • The City of Gdynia
Scientific Committee
  • Dr Thierry Jauniaux (chair), University of Liege, Belgium
  • Dr Harald Benke, German Oceanographic Museum, Germany
  • Dr Alexei Birkun, BREMA Laboratory, Ukraine
  • Dr Florence Caurant, Marins Université de La Rochelle, France
  • Dr Greg Donovan, International Whaling Commission, UK
  • Dr Peter Evans, Sea Watch Foundation, UK
  • Dr Krzysztof Skóra, Hel Marine Station, University of Gdańsk, Poland
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