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The Madeira Whale Museum hosted the 30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society held in Madeira, between 14 and 16 of March. The European Cetacean Society was founded in 1987 with the objective to promote and develop research and conservation of marine mammals and collect and disseminate information about them. Every year is organized a conference in a European country in order to promote the exchange of experiences among participants. This year the event was attended approximately by 450 participants from 40 nationalities, who are dedicated to the study and conservation of marine mammals.

The reception ceremony of the attendants in ECS took place at the Madeira Whale Museum, where they commemorate the anniversaries of the ECS (30), of ACCOBAMS (20) and the Madeira Whale Museum (25).

On 12 and 13 of March were held 14 workshops, guided by experts, in which were discussed different current issues. Between the 14th and 16th unfolded the oral and poster presentations, covering the most diverse research aspects of marine mammals, such as: ecology, abundance and distribution, modeling, behavior, strandings, anatomy, genetics, acoustics and human interactions. On the 14th it took place the Video Night where short films were presented, submitted by participants with information and awareness alluding to the theme.

For more information about the organization of the 30th Conference of the European Cetacean Society, click here.