Conference 2019

Dates: 24th – 26th January 2019

Location: Swansea University, Wales

Registration and abstract submission is now CLOSED.

Please check your emails, and our website and social media pages for further announcements.



The UKIRSC committee welcomes postgraduate students across the UK and Ireland to join us for the 13th annual UKIRSC conference from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th of January 2019. The meeting will open with an icebreaker on the evening of the 24th, followed by the two-day conference from 9am-5pm on the 25th & 26th. There will also be an opportunity to visit Swansea University’s brand new research vessel, the RV Mary Anning, on Sunday morning (27th) for a complimentary boat trip out into Swansea Bay.

Current postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters (A1 size, portrait or landscape). Presentations are divided 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. Even though the emphasis of the UKIRSC is postgraduate study, please contact us if you are an undergraduate with an interest in the field (particularly if you are completing an honours thesis on marine mammals), as we have a limited number of places available for undergraduates at our conference. Additionally, if you were recently a student and want to present your student work, you are also welcome to attend and present.

Prize for the best talk: We are offering a free statistics course (excluding travel and accommodation costs), courtesy of PR Statistics, for the best 15 minute presentation at the conference!


Our programme is still being finalised but we have so far confirmed Dr Hanna Nuuttila (SEACAMS2 Scientific Officer) as our first Keynote Speaker! We will also have two interactive workshops as part of the conference. Dr Hanna Nuuttila will be hosting a workshop on “Monitoring methods for marine mammal conservation and management” and Dr Hannah Williams (Postdoctoral Researcher at Swansea University) will be delivering a workshop on “The use of Daily Diary biologging devices for studying Animal Movement”. There is more in the pipeline and we will be updating this page with more details as they are confirmed, so watch this space!


There is no conference fee, and the atmosphere of the conference is relatively informal, giving attendees a platform to discuss their research with other students.

To register and submit your abstract (max 300 words), please complete our online form. Registration is now closed.


Our 2019 conference is kindly sponsored by Swansea University College of ScienceSMRU and SMRU Instrumentation.


Additional Information:

Student Travel Grants

Current postgraduate students outside of Swansea are eligible to apply for our student travel grants. We collect travel receipts during the conference, and split the available funding between all eligible applicants after the conference. Generally, grants will only cover a portion of the incurred travel costs. Please indicate your interest on the conference registration form. We encourage those who already have their own funding (eg. PhD travel budget) to make use of that, so that we use our funds to support those who most need it.

Travel & Accommodation in Swansea

Our conference venue is the Wallace Building on Singleton Campus, Swansea University, SA2 8PP. Please check out our Venue, Travel and Accommodation Guide and the Swansea University Singleton Campus Map to help you plan your trip to the conference.