[MARMAM] 2nd Announcement for the Ethics in Marine Mammal Science Workshop in San Diego
Charles.Littnan at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 27 17:19:15 PDT 2005
This is the second announcement for the *2nd Biennial Workshop on Ethics
in Marine Mammal Science (EiMMS)*. The workshop will be a full day
affair on Sunday, December 11, 2005.
To facilitate attendance and guarantee open access, we have decided to
make the workshop *FREE* for conference attendees. However, we would
appreciate anyone planning on attending to contact Charles
(charles.littnan at noaa.gov) to register. We need to get an accurate
headcount to ensure adequate space, handouts, and refreshments. (To
prevent any disappointment I will forewarn you that the lavish fare
provided at the last workshop will not be available this time around as
we try to stay within a pretty tight budget.) Additional information
and future updates can be found on the EiMMS website (recently launched
and continually modified): http://eimms.objectis.net
If you visit the site, please register to gain access to a greater
amount of content. We will regularly update the agenda for the workshop
on the EiMMS site.
*The room is starting to fill up*, so if you were holding off until the
perfect time to sign up...well that time is *now*.
To review briefly the reasons for holding such a workshop:
Many professional scientific societies have established official ethics
committees to educate their members on professional and research ethics,
provide guidance when dealing with ethical issues, and, in some cases,
set minimum standards to which members must adhere. Indeed, the European
Cetacean Society recently voted to establish an ethics advisory
committee (EAC) and the Society for Marine Mammalogy has established an
ad hoc ethics committee. Despite this progress, there are few
opportunities for education and dialogue regarding ethics in research
and many society members may lack the resources required to help them
identify and resolve contentious issues in their work.
The workshop is going to have numerous talks covering a wide range of
ethics issues and the details will be covered on the website in the very
near future. We will be finishing the workshop with an open discussion
of ethics, marine mammals science, and how we would like our SMM to
develop its ethical framework.
There is still some room for *additional speakers* and we encourage
anyone who might be interested in presenting a talk related to ethics in
marine mammal research to contact us with a brief description of their
This is an important topic and pivotal time in our field, be part of the
Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego.
Charles Littnan and Dave Johnston
Charles Littnan, Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Foraging Program
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
2570 Dole St.
Honolulu HI 96822
Tel: (808) 983 5392
Fax: (808) 983 2902
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