We acknowledge that SMM2024 is situated on Whadjuk Nyoongar land. Nyoongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. We pay our respects to Traditional Owners, and their connection to marine mammals, of the land and seas on which we live, visit and work.

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

We are honoured and delighted to host the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Perth, Western Australia, in 2024.

Enjoy our welcome to country film featuring Nyoongar man Dr Richard Walley and WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken. Traditional welcome shared in the Nyoongar Whadjuk language. We look forward to hosting you and saying 'Kwop Kedala', 'G'day'!

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

SMM2024 will exclusively be an in-person conference, however, recordings of daily plenaries and presentations will be available for a nominal fee shortly after the conference. Unfortunately, the Society is not in a position to support a virtual, hybrid or hub conferences. Emerging from the challenges of COVID, this conference presents a unique opportunity for our members to re-engage as a global community, and as such, we strongly encourage delegates to attend in person.

There is no better way to show your support for our Society and community then to attend SMM2024!

The 2024 biennial conference of the SMM will be held in Australia for the first time. The theme, “Culture and Conservation: Fishing for Change” shines a light on one of the most significant threat to marine mammals worldwide – interactions with fishing gear.

The biennial conference will cover contemporary marine mammal research, conservation and management issues with focus on cultural aspects and human dimensions. Specifically, we aim to identify actions to reduce fishing-related marine mammal mortality, up-skill management agencies and individuals responsible for marine mammal incident response, support capacity building of Indigenous and developing country participants, and facilitate collaboration among scientists, managers, policymakers and Traditional Owners.

Conference abstract submission, workshop submission submission is now closed! Acceptance notifications will be sent out on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

Conference registration is now officially open! The early bird deadline is Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 12pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). 

For more information about SMM2024, click HERE.

KEY DATES

SAT 09 / SUN 10, NOV 2024

Workshop Days 1 and 2
9am-5pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

SUN 10, NOV 2024

Welcome and Icebreaker
6pm-8pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Garden

MON 11 - FRI 15, NOV 2024

Conference Days 1-5
9am-5pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

FRI 15, NOV 2024

Farewell Celebration
7pm-10pm
Fraser’s Restaurant (Kings Park)

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

SMM2024 will exclusively be an in-person conference, however, recordings of daily plenaries and presentations will be available for a nominal fee shortly after the conference. Unfortunately, the Society is not in a position to support a virtual, hybrid or hub conferences. Emerging from the challenges of COVID, this conference presents a unique opportunity for our members to re-engage as a global community, and as such, we strongly encourage delegates to attend in person.

There is no better way to show your support for our Society and community then to attend SMM2024!

The 2024 biennial conference of the SMM will be held in Australia for the first time. The theme, “Culture and Conservation: Fishing for Change” shines a light on one of the most significant threat to marine mammals worldwide – interactions with fishing gear.

The biennial conference will cover contemporary marine mammal research, conservation and management issues with focus on cultural aspects and human dimensions. Specifically, we aim to identify actions to reduce fishing-related marine mammal mortality, up-skill management agencies and individuals responsible for marine mammal incident response, support capacity building of Indigenous and developing country participants, and facilitate collaboration among scientists, managers, policymakers and Traditional Owners.

Conference abstract submission, workshop submission submission is now closed! Acceptance notifications will be sent out on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 

Conference registration is now officially open! The early bird deadline is Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 12pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). 

For more information about SMM2024, click HERE.

KEY DATES

SAT 09 / SUN 10, NOV 2024

Workshop Days 1 and 2
9am-5pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

SUN 10, NOV 2024

Welcome and Icebreaker
6pm-8pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Garden

MON 11 - FRI 15, NOV 2024

Conference Days 1-5
9am-5pm
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

FRI 15, NOV 2024

Farewell Celebration
7pm-10pm
Fraser’s Restaurant (Kings Park)

CONFERENCE ARTWORK

Sarah Humphries is a proud Nyoongar woman (yorga) and mother. She expresses her culture, history, and connection to Country, including the ocean (maambakoort), through art. Growing up, she learnt to paint by watching her grandmothers and parents.. For more information about Sarah, click HERE.

Conference Art by: Sarah Humphries

Meet the

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Helene Marsh

Richard C. Connor

Ellen C. Garland

Mauricio Cantor

Pádraig Duignan

Karen Stockin

Rochelle Constantine

Nick Gales

Barb Taylor

Mark Hindell

Meet the

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Helene Marsh

Ellen C. Garland

Pádraig Duignan

Rochelle Constantine

Barb Taylor

Richard C. Connor

Mauricio Cantor

Karen Stockin

Nick Gales

Mark Hindell

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Below is the official schedule at a glance for SMM2024! The conference committee is actively building the scientific program and assigning presentations to specific sessions to showcase the incredible research being conducted by our presenters. Stay tuned for more updates on the scientific program.

SECURED!

AU$125,000 STUDENT & DEVELOPING COUNTRY DELEGATE BURSARY; AU$25,000 FOR CARBON OFFSETS

SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS

We are fundraising to make the 25th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals an outstanding international success.

To view the official conference prospectus, click the image below:

WITH THANKS TO:

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