2017 Conference – Plymouth, England


Date: 18th – 20th January 2017

Abstract deadline: January 4th, 2017
Registration closes: January 11th, 2017
Location: Marine Station, Plymouth University, England

The committee for the UKIRSC welcomes all students across the UK and Ireland to join us for the UKIRSC conference from 18th – 20th of January 2017 with an icebreaker on the evening of the 18th.

This year we have three guest speakers and two interactive workshops for you.

Dr. Kimberley Bennett (Abertay University) will be talking about the value of non-typical animal models in obesity research as she discusses the importance (and problems!) of being fat in seals and humans. Dr. Iain Staniland (British Antarctic Survey – BAS) will talk about his research on marine predators in the Antarctic, and the work of BAS in Southern Ocean fisheries management and conservation. Abigail Crosby (Cornwall Wildlife Trust – CWT) will talk about the ongoing work carried out by CWT for cetacean conservation in Cornwall.

The first workshop is a round-table themed workshop where small groups will rotate around different tables with an expert in each area to lead the discussion and answer your questions. Paul Cox from The Shark Trust will lead the second workshop on conservation psychology with group activities to give you a go at different public engagement scenarios.

We encourage all students registered in Universities across the UK and Ireland that are interested in marine mammal research to attend. The atmosphere of the conference is relatively informal, giving students a platform to discuss their research with other students.


Present postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters (at least A1 size, portrait or landscape). For planning purposes, we have divided presentations into 5-minute speed-talks and 15 minute slots. We encourage new postgraduate students to talk about their future research plans using the 5-minute slots and for those further along in their studies to present for 15 minutes. Undergraduates with an interest in the field are also welcome to attend and present. Additionally, if you are no longer a student but want to present your student work, you are also welcome to attend and present.

Abstract (max 300 words) deadline is the 4th of January, 2017. There is no conference fee and you don’t need to be an existing member of the Chapter. You can register for the Chapter at the same time as registering for the conference – deadline is January 11th for registration.


Download the 2017 Registration Form and submit by e-mail attachment to: ukrsc@st-andrews.ac.uk