Over the course of the conference, we're hosting a number of different social events during the evenings and you’re invited! Be sure to check out what's happening and put it in your calendar!


Welcoming Reception

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market - 7pm

The SMM2017 Biennial Conference will have its Welcoming Reception, with traditional Nova Scotia music, held the evening of Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.

A bus will available for limited mobility delegates in front of the Convention Center to be transported between the Farmers' Market and the Convention Center. Buses will start loading at 6:45 PM and return to the area hotels between 8:30 until 10:15 PM.


Creating the Narrative: Science Communication for Conservation

Monday, October 23, 2017 - WTCC - 6pm

Building on the success of the communications panel discussion at SMM2015, we will be continuing the discussion of the importance of communicating science, but shifting the conversation to the idea of “how” we go about accomplishing this. 

Join us for an exciting evening of expert discussion on the successes and failures of communicating science for conservation. Be sure to stick around for a social mixer following the event with free drinks and food. 


Canadian Celebration

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - WTCC - 7pm

Who doesn’t love to celebrate Canada? Or better yet, the amazing marine mammals that call Canada home? On the evening of Tuesday, October 24th, you’ll get to do both as we’re hosting A Canadian Celebration!

Our goal is to inspire a fascination for marine mammals and an appreciation for Canada’s contribution to the field in a format inclusive for both conference attendees and the public; primarily via a visual display and storytelling. We have a range of exciting panelists who will share stories on the Canadian marine mammal species they’ve been fortunate to study including Sara Iverson, Lance Barrett-Lennard, Andrew Trites, Bernd Würsig, Valeria Vergara and more!

Following the panel, we’ll invite a larger group of people from the audience to join our panelists to face off in the Great Marine Mammal Trivia Game! Honour, glory and bragging rights will be up for grabs!


Student Night Event

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - 6:30pm

The SMM Student Night Networking Event will occur on Wednesday, October 25 from 18:30-21:00 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The SMM student affairs committee has developed a casual program with a focus on fun, food and promoting student networking at the SMM. Mentors in the field will be in attendance to help facilitate our program and provide entertainment. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of your future colleagues and explore the galleries of the Maritime Museum. Be sure to check out the deck chair from the Titanic! This event is open to registered students and invited mentors only as space is limited.



Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Obladee Wine Bar - 7pm

This is the second biennial mixer for LGBTQ-ers and supporters. Let’s celebrate our diversity AND our accomplishments. 

Please come to Obladee A Wine Bar (1600 Barrington St.) on Thursday night from 7:00-1030 PM with your friends, partners, spouses to enjoy an informal evening of wine, light meals and conversations.


Closing Celebration

Friday, October 27, 2017 - WTCC - 7pm

The SMM2017 Biennial Conference Closing Celebration will be held the evening of Friday, October 27, 2017 at the World Trade and Convention Centre Halifax in the Ballroom.

The theme of this year’s celebration is a Masquerade Ball, and will feature the musical talents of The Mellotones. Bring your own majestic masquerade mask if you have one.  Don’t have that special look you are going for? Don’t worry, throughout the week we will have many opportunities for you to create your own majestic mask. 


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