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Lesage, Veronique Veronique.Lesage at dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Tue Feb 3 05:39:14 PST 2009

> Our apologies for cross-posting,
> The 18th biennial conference will be held at the Quebec Conference
> Centre (http://www.convention.qc.ca) during 12 to 16 October 2009 in
> Quebec City, Canada. Quebec City is the only walled city in North
> America and is just winding down its 400th Anniversary celebrations
> (http://www.quebecregion.com). The Conference will open on the 11th
> October by the usual evening icebreaker and will end on the evening of
> 16th October by a banquet and dance. Materials for pre-registered
> participants and on-site registration will be available Sunday, 11
> October 2009.
> A conference website is now operational and will serve as the primary
> resource for all of the deadlines and information related to the
> conference. To learn more, go to the Society for Marine Mammalogy
> website (http://www.marinemammalogy.org/) and click on Learn more
> under 18th Biennial Conference Quebec. 
> The conference this year is almost two months earlier than the
> conference dates in recent years. This means that the deadlines for
> abstract submissions and workshop ideas are also approximately two
> months earlier. Workshop proposals will be due on 15 March 2009,
> whereas abstracts for both oral and poster presentations will be due
> on 19 April 2009 to allow sufficient time for peer review and
> notification prior to the meeting. There will be three concurrent
> sessions of oral presentations, and two hours per day exclusively
> dedicated to posters to allow sufficient time for viewing the
> anticipated large volume of poster presentations. Meeting space for a
> number of pre-conference symposia and workshops has been arranged with
> the convention Center for the 10th and 11th of October 2009, and will
> be available free of charge to organisers. Any refreshments or
> audio-visual equipment will be at the expense of organisers. Selection
> of pre-conference workshops and symposia will be made by the
> scientific committee based on merit.
> A formal call for abstracts and further announcements will be made
> soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in organizing a
> pre-conference workshop or symposium, we invite you to fill an
> application through the Society website and conference webpage. The
> scientific committee is being co-chaired by Veronique Lesage and
> Robert Michaud. Do not hesitate to contact them with your ideas at
> congres_smm2009 at dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
> Video Night
> As in past conferences, we hope to continue with the traditional video
> night. Janie Giard and Jean Lemire are helping to organize this event.
> More information will be provided soon.
> Experient is negotiating room rates for Biennial participants at the
> Hilton and Delta hotels. Both hotels are right beside the conference
> centre. International flights will arrive via Toronto or Montreal or
> direct to Quebec City International Airport. Major international
> carriers include Air Canada, Continental, Northwestern, and United
> airlines, while WestJet and Porter are national carriers. Details of
> visa requirements will be posted on the website, but all delegates are
> recommended to confirm these with their local travel agent or embassy.
> The Society for Marine Mammalogy encourages student participation in
> the 18th Biennial Conference and has committed funds in the form of
> Student Travel Grants to help defray travel expenses. Students must be
> members of the Society and have an abstract that has been reviewed and
> accepted (either oral or poster) for the meeting to be considered for
> a travel grant. More information on applying for these grants will be
> available on the conference web site.
> Mike Hammill
> Conference chair
> congres_smm2009 at dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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