27th Mar 2012 For those unable to attend the 26th European Cetacean Society Conference in Galway the keynote speeches from ECS2012 Galway will be live streamed on the internet. Note times are Irish (BST).

Monday 26 March 2012

Matthijs Schouten 10-10:45

From despot to participant: Society and nature in the 21st Century

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Louis Herman 12:15-13:00

Thirty-five years with dolphins and whales

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Greg Donovan 15:30-16:15

Conservation science: The ethics of communication

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16 March 2012

From 24 to 28 March more than 500 marine mammal biologists from all over the world will be meeting in Salthill, Galway. The 26th European Cetacean Society conference will be the biggest ever held with more participants and presentations than in the previous 25 years. Conference Organiser Dr Simon Berrow said he was amazed at the numbers attending the conference “we were planning for around 350 people as Galway is not the easiest place to access and Ireland is still expensive, especially compared to southern Europe, however it seems Ireland and Galway is very popular with scientists from all over the world with some travelling from Australia, New Zealand and South America as well as throughout Europe”.

The conference is hosted by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and includes two days of workshops in GMIT as well as main conference over three days in Salthill. During the conference there will 70 presentations ranging from exploring reasons for whale strandings to killer whale communication and to the use of smart phones in collecting data and Whale FM – a novel approach to enabling the public to match whale vocalizations. Researchers from GMIT will be presenting results from their recent work surveying whales and dolphins in offshore Irish waters and in developing acoustic techniques for monitoring dolphins and porpoise.

The conference is an opportunity to not only present results from a range of studies in Ireland on whales, dolphins and seals but to promote Ireland and Galway as a centre of marine mammal research. The conference is also a reflection of the success the research coalition between the IWDG, GMIT and the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation. Conference Chair, Dr Ian O'Connor said “we are delighted with the interest in the conference and I would like to thank our sponsors for supporting it, which will be one of the premier marine conferences in Europe this year”. The conference is part of the GMIT 40th anniversary celebrations.

The theme of the conference is Communication. There are three invited speakers including Professor Louis Herman from Hawaii is an international expert on dolphin cognitive abilities and author of Cetacean Behavior and Language and Communication. Communicating science to policy makers and the public will be explored by Greg Donovan who heralds from County Cork and is now Head of Science at the International Whaling Commission. Keynote speakers and some workshops will be streamed live on the internet for those interested but not able to attend the conference.

As part of the conference the highly acclaimed Whale and Dolphin Roadshow will visit Galway. With life-size blow up models of a range of marine species, the roadshow is a great attraction for children and adults and will be at the Galway Shopping Centre.

The conference will be formally opened by the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan and GMIT President Michael Carmody. The conference is generously supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Marine Institute, Environment Protection Agency, Bord Iasaigh Mhara, Heritage Council, Petroleum Affairs Division and ASCOBANS. The conference will be carbon neutral with consideration given to using electronic and digital media rather than printing material.

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