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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-AU link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Dear Colleagues,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Please find below the first announcement for a symposium and workshop scheduled for <span style='color:black'>September 2011 in Chile. This is a collaboration developed by the Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP); a working group of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.<o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>While the focus of the symposium and workshop will be on application of existing and novel non-lethal research techniques to cetaceans in the Southern Ocean, it will provide an excellent forum for a more general discussion on advances in non-lethal research techniques for cetaceans. We welcome expressions of interest from those in the marine mammal research community interested in presenting papers or potentially convening sessions, supporting the symposium through financial support, or with suggestions about associated workshops. Please reply to sorp@aad.gov.au.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>More information is available at http://www.marinemammals.gov.au/sorp/living-whales-symposium.</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Regards<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Simon Childerhouse<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Coordinator of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Australian Antarctic Division</span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><a name=top><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'>Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities</span></a><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#444444'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>203 Channel Highway, Kingston 7050, Tasmania, Australia<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Ph. +61-3-6232-3146<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Mob. +61-439-317-605<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Email. simon.childerhouse@aad.gov.au<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Web. www.marinemammals.gov.au; www.aad.gov.au<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOP<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>LIVING WHALES IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN</span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>: ADVANCES IN METHODS FOR NON-LETHAL CETACEAN RESEARCH<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Objectives</span></i></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. The focus of the symposium and accompanying workshop is to review the strengths and weaknesses of current and new methods for studying living whales in the Southern Ocean. Specifically, the objectives are to advance the synergies of non-lethal methods for investigations addressing three broad themes:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:36.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Population dynamics, health status and life history parameters of recovering whale species<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:36.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>2)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Ecological linkages, functional roles and relationships of whales in their ecosystem(s)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:36.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>3)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>The response of whales to climate change and anthropogenic impacts<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Presentations will focus on methodological, analytical or technological advances in non-lethal methodology, including those that are still under development. There will be a focus on presentations that integrate methods. The symposium and workshop are part of the work of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Key audience</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>The target audience for the workshop is scientists and managers interested in the application of new and developing non-lethal methods for understanding whales in the Southern Hemisphere and elsewhere. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of the symposium and workshop, it will have widespread appeal.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Structure</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>A one-day symposium will be followed by a two-day workshop.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Symposium. </span></i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>The symposium will have keynote speakers from a range of disciplines who will highlight advances in non-lethal research techniques. There will be presentations on specific research fields and also results from large-scale, multi-national programmes (e.g. IDCR/SOWER, SPLASH, SCANs, TOPP). In brief:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst style='text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>         </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Keynote address (45 mins) – a presentation by an eminent scientist of non-lethal research providing an historical context for the development of non-lethal research, with a particular reference to Southern Hemisphere examples<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>         </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Presentations of state of the art non-lethal research techniques (30 mins each) – summarising the latest developments and describing the applications to southern hemisphere whales<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpLast style='text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>·<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>         </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Selected case studies (45 mins each) – providing detailed description of methods and analyses <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Depending on interest, we may run concurrent sessions or possibly extend the symposium to 1.5 or 2 days to cover more material.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Workshop. </span></i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>A two-day workshop will follow the symposium and will focus on presentations by experts with significant time for discussion of new and evolving techniques and their application to the themes of the workshop.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Proposed location</span></i></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. To be confirmed but likely to be either Valparaiso or La Serena, Chile. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Proposed dates</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>To be confirmed but likely to be September 2011.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Steering Group</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Scott Baker, Bob Brownell, Simon Childerhouse, Barbara Galletti, Ari Friedlander, and Nick Gales.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Costs</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>. </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>A small registration fee will apply but there will be reduced fees for students and researchers from developing nations. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Contact information</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>: </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Living Whales Symposium</span><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>, c/o Australian Marine Mammal Centre, Australian Antarctic Division, Channel Highway, Kingston, Tasmania 7050, AUSTRALIA. Email. sorp@aad.gov.au. Web. www.marinemammals.gov.au/sorp<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Programme</span></i></b><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'> </span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>The following research areas will be used to guide the development of the symposium and workshop programme:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>1)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Photo-identification (e.g. catalogue curation, automated matching, applications (e.g. estimation of survival and reproductive rates, social structure)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>2)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Genetic markers (e.g. species and subspecies id, genetic differentiation and population assignment, genotyping for individual identification and capture-recapture, genomics)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>3)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Eco-markers (e.g. stable isotopes, lipid profile)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>4)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Life history markers (e.g. ageing, pregnancy, health assessment, photogrammetry)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>5)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Telemetry for habitat use and migration (e.g. satellite, GPS, short term archival tags, critter cam)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>6)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Analytical techniques for animal movements<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>7)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Acoustics (e.g. species identification, density and direction, stationary and towed arrays)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>8)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Distance surveys for abundance and habitat use (e.g. vessel-, aerial-, shore-based)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>9)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>      </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Lessons from large-scale studies (e.g. IDCR/SOWER, SPLASH, YONAH, TOPP)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>10)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>   </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'>Remote vehicles (e.g. gliders, drifters, balloons/blimps, UAVs)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:21.3pt;text-indent:-21.3pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo6'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>11)<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>   </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: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