Workshops - July 30-31, 2022
Conference - August 1-5, 2022

Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Workshops - July 30 - 31, 2022
Conference - August 1 - 5, 2022

Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Abstract Submissions

1458

Pre-Conference Workshops

13

Registration

Standard rates now apply.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

West Palm Beach, Florida, USA / August 1-5, 2022

We are currently on track to host the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from August 1-5, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

SMM2022 will be the first fully hybrid, live-virtual conference of the Society of Marine Mammalogy, and will attract the largest number of attendees since the first conference held in Santa Cruz in 1975.

Going hybrid means there are two ways to participate in SMM2022: live and in-person in West Palm Beach and/or virtually through our new online experience. All attendees will have access to the virtual conference so people who will not be able to join the conference in person will still be able to participate, present, and interact with other conference attendees and vendors. It will be a whole new conference experience!

SMM2022 will span 5 days, each day there will be a plenary session with distinguished keynote speakers that will be live-streamed. Concurrent sessions will be accessible to all attendees via pre-recorded content. All presenters in all formats (e.g., regular and speed talks, poster, video) will be required to record and upload their presentation by July 1, 2022 prior to the conference start date. Virtual content will be available on-demand for all in-person and virtual attendees during the conference and for 30 days post-conference.

Workshops on crucial topics in marine mammal science and conservation will be held prior to the main conference, July 30-31, 2022. To register for in-person participation, please register via the conference registration form. Virtual participation in workshops will depend on individual workshop organizers and not SMM. Click HERE for more information on workshops.

Despite these challenging times, the organizing committee and the board of the SMM are working very hard to make this conference safe, diverse, and inclusive. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at SMM2022.

For more information about SMM2022, click HERE.

For more information about the conference postponement from 2021, click HERE.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

We are pleased to announce our Schedule at a glance for the 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals!

This is the official schedule at a glance for SMM2022! There will be a large amount of content available only to participants visiting the conference online. We have assigned all virtual and in-person presentations to specific sessions in the schedule at a glance. This is to highlight all of the amazing research being done by all of our attendees—whether you are attending in-person or virtually! We also want to help people easily connect with other researchers working on similar topics.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all participants at SMM2022. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Meet the

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Sylvia Earle
OPENING PLENARY SPEAKER

Michael A. Castellini, PhD

Michael J. Moore, Vet. MB. PhD

Nantarika Chansue, DVM, PhD

NASA astronaut
(to be announced closer to the conference)

Meet the

Plenary Speakers

Michael A. Castellini, PhD
Plenary Speaker

Nantarika Chansue, DVM, PhD
Plenary Speaker

Michael J. Moore, Vet. MB. PhD
Plenary Speaker

NASA astronaut
(to be announced closer to the conference)

"In a sea of change, be the change you wish to see."

BLUE-GREEN INITIATIVE

We have pledged to mitigate the carbon footprint of our attendees through a combined use of an energy efficient venue, elimination of single use plastics and styrofoam, employing compostable and recyclable products, decreasing the use of paper and purchasing carbon offsets, as well as making the conference available virtually.

For the first time in the history of our Biennial Conference, we have initiated a carbon offsetting program. Although the conference is hybrid, and by nature will reduce our carbon footprint (and be more inclusive!), we propose that attendees offset their personal carbon use and buy back the carbon cost of your flight and/or accommodation!

EVERY DOLLAR contributed will be donated to the Miami Waterkeeper, a local non-profit organization, who will put the money towards local conservation and outreach activities in Biscayne Bay, a subtropical estuary located in the Miami area. Our goal is to directly use the offsetting for a local conservation initiative that should generate interest from our attendees.

Show your support and offset your carbon footprint by donating via the conference registration form. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 of carbon offset for the conference!

For more information on our Carbon Offsetting Program and how offset costs are calculated, click HERE.

Carbon Offset Goal13.5%

DIVERSITY MATTERS

Marine mammal science is only strengthened by the participation of people representing all ages, career stages, races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, as well as national, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. The SMM is dedicated to enhancing diversity in its members and conference attendees.

INCLUSIVITY

Our conference aims to push boundaries and will be more inclusive than ever! Our virtual platform will allow for thousands of marine mammal scientists and enthusiasts that have previously been unable to participate. SMM2022 will reflect the Society’s true desire to make the conference accessible and inclusive to the widest audience. 

BLUE-GREEN INITIATIVE

We have pledged to mitigate the carbon footprint of our attendees through a combined use of an energy efficient venue, elimination of single use plastics and styrofoam, employing compostable and recyclable products, decreasing the use of paper and purchasing carbon offsets, as well as making the conference available virtually.

For the first time in the history of our Biennial Conference, we have initiated a carbon offsetting program. We propose that attendees offset their personal carbon use and buy back the carbon cost of your flight and/or accommodation! EVERY DOLLAR contributed will be donated to the Miami Waterkeeper, a local non-profit organization, who will put the money towards local conservation and outreach activities in Biscayne Bay, a subtropical estuary located in the Miami area. Our goal is to directly use the offsetting for a local conservation initiative that should generate interest from our attendees.

Show your support and offset your carbon footprint by donating via the conference registration form. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 of carbon offset for the conference!

For more information on our Carbon Offsetting Program and how offset costs are calculated, click HERE.

DIVERSITY MATTERS

Marine mammal science is only strengthened by the participation of people representing all ages, career stages, races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, as well as national, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. The SMM is dedicated to enhancing diversity in its members and conference attendees.

INCLUSIVITY

Our conference aims to push boundaries and will be more inclusive than ever! Our virtual platform will allow for thousands of marine mammal scientists and enthusiasts that have previously been unable to participate. SMM2022 will reflect the Society’s true desire to make the conference accessible and inclusive to the widest audience. 

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SPONSORS

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SPONSORS

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING?

We are seeking like-minded individuals and organizations to achieve our goal of creating a highly visible and diverse global forum via live and virtual interactions to stimulate new research, facilitate discussion, and develop science-based policy that ensures marine mammals and their aquatic homes will persist for future generations.

For more information on sponsoring SMM2022, click HERE.

ARE YOU READY TO REGISTER FOR SMM2022?

In order to do so you will need to access our conference software by signing-in via the SMM website. Attendees may choose to register as a member or non-member; HOWEVER, conference registration is significantly more affordable for members than non-members. All are welcome to become members and join our society!
To get started, select one of the two options below:

Are you an SMM member?

Sign-in and get started with your conference registration.

Not already an SMM member?

Join or renew your membership to access the best conference rates.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you have already logged into the conference system as a Non-Member you can still sign-up for membership with the SMM to receive a reduce ‘Members’ registration fee. Use the same email address to sign up or renew your membership as you did to create your Non-Member profile and the system will automatically update your account information for you once you sign back into the conference system.