[MARMAM] re-posting: workshop announcement for upcoming SMM conference

Stephanie Ploen stephanie at bayworld.co.za
Thu May 31 00:15:54 PDT 2007

Please re-post the following announcement- some of the info was left out!

Thanks, Stephanie


Dear marmamers,

Please excuse any double postings.

The following workshop will be held prior to the upcoming SMM conference in
Cape Town, South Africa (29 Nov- 3 Dec 2007). Participants and additional
interested parties are asked to submit abstracts (no more than 200 words)
outlining their proposed contribution to Stephanie Plön (see contact details



Workshop title: Conservation Medicine of Marine Mammals


Date: 28 November 2007


Workshop outline:

Conservation medicine is an increasingly interdisciplinary field that
studies the relationship between human and animal health, and environmental
conditions. In particular the environmental causes of health problems are
complex,global, and poorly understood. Outbreaks in the last few years such
as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and the recent bird-flu pandemic
illustrate the need to document and understand these diseases for the
benefit of both humans and animals. Researchers are learning more about
these pandemics in the terrestrial environment, but due to the migratory
nature of many marine species, such events are difficult to understand in

the marine environment. As a result there is still little documentation on
diseases of wild marine mammals and potential overlap with those from other

marine animals. However, such disease events in marine systems appear on the
increase in recent years, possibly as a result of rising sea temperatures.

This workshop aims at information exchange between researchers, gathering
existing knowledge on diseases in marine mammals, and identifying the areas

where future research efforts need to concentrate.


We will have a morning of invited paper presentations, but will allow for an
open discussion forum in the afternoon.


Workshop Fee: $30 USD


The deadline for abstract submissions is: 20 June




For any further queries and to submit abstracts please contact:



Stephanie Plön

Port Elizabeth Museum & Oceanarium/ Bayworld


P. O. Box 13147

Port Elizabeth




Tel: +27-41-5840650

Fax: +27-41-5840661

E-mail: stephanie at bayworld.co.za







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