WMMC’19: The future of marine mammals, both in research and conservation, is coming to Barcelona City this December.
The World Marine Mammal Conference is around the corner. Barcelona will welcome the biggest conference ever organized about research and conservation of marine mammals. SUBMON is proud to say we are one of the co-organizers. In July 2017 we received the confirmation that Barcelona would be the selected venue for this conference. It has been two years of hard work, many hours and commitment from all the team, who had developed a volunteer work and now we can say it has been successful to meet 2500 participants from more than 95 different geographical areas. During the conference, there will be more than 700 presentations and a space with 1200 posters and stands from 42 companies, organizations and administrations that work in research and conservation of marine mammals.
The WMMC is promoted by the European Cetacean Society and the Society for Marine Mammalogy, and co-organized by SUBMON and the University of Barcelona. From the beginning, the main goal was to organize an international conference, so it has been made big efforts to achieve the maximum international representation from groups that works with these species, even if they work in different research levels. This conference will consider sustainability requirements and will be used for define the Barcelona Declaration which set the research and conservation lines of marine mammals for the next years.
The following groups are considered as marine mammals: cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walrus), sirenians (manatee and the dugong) and also the sea otter and polar bear.
For more information, you can visit the UB press release and this video: