Upcoming symposium 2022

The 17th Danish Marine Mammal Symposium

This year we are happy to announce that Mette Elstrup Steeman, Museum Sønderjylland, will be the keynote speaker. Mette is an expert in cetacean palaeontology and will give us a roller-coaster introduction to the remarkable (yet widely unknown) Danish marine mammal fossil fauna and its unique place in the fascinating evolutionary history of marine mammals.

The Marine Mammal Symposium will be hosted by Museum Sønderjylland in Gram and consist of a full day session of scientific talks followed by dinner and party. The following day will contain the society’s annual general meeting and a field trip to Gram Lergrav – a treasure trove of marine (mammal) fossils!

As something completely new, this year’s symposium will introduce the Danish Marine Mammal Award, given to a person (or organisation) that has made an extraordinary contribution to marine mammal science, education or management in 2021. Nominations can be sent to dkmarinemammalsociety@gmail.com.

HOW TO SUBMIT – a presentation

The society encourages all types of presentations (long, short, poster, video) related to recent marine mammal research across all disciplines. DEADLINE for submission is December 20th 2021. Submit abstract to: symposiumabstract@gmail.com or find full details on the next pages.

Detailed information about the symposium 2022 and annual general meeting

When

The symposium will be a 1½-day event starting Friday March 11th at 10:00 and ending Saturday March 12th at 13:00. It will take place at Museum Sønderjylland, Lergravsvej 2, 6510 Gram, Denmark. There will be shared accommodation included in the registration fee, but you are of course also welcome to make your own bookings. Please see below.

The details for the symposium’s scientific programme will be annouced in the near future.

Registration and fee

Registration is done by sending an email to dkmarinemammalsociety@gmail.com and paying the registration fee via bank transfer to our account number: 8401 1053125

The registration fee includes a 1-year membership of the Danish Marine Mammal Society, lunch, coffee/tea, dinner, breakfast and accommodation in 6-person dorm rooms at Gram Fritidscenter. You are of course also welcome to book your own accommodation in Gram, if sharing a room is not your cup of tea. If so, please let us know. Beer/wine/soda for the Friday evening dinner and party can be purchased at affordable prices.

The STUDENT fee category includes students at e.g. universities (but not PhD students), as well as people receiving unemployment or health related public pensions or transfer payments. If in doubt, please contact the board dkmarinemammalsociety@gmail.com.

Registration categoryBefore Feb. 1, 2022After Feb. 1, 2022
Marine Mammal Symposium only, membership and meals1000 DKK1200 DKK
Marine Mammal Symposium only, membership and meals – STUDENT300 DKK300 DKK
Membership without participation in symposium100 DKK100 DKK

For additional information please see: www.facebook.com/DanskHavpattedyrsforening

Abstract submission and deadline

Abstracts can be submitted for talks, video or poster presentations. To ensure a diverse and entertaining program, abstracts may not only describe completed scientific studies, but also preliminary results and interesting observations of more anecdotal character. We encourage you to note the stage at which your project/study is, as it makes it easier to draft an interesting programme.

Your abstract should be labelled with the preferred kind of presentation. To ensure a diverse and entertaining program, abstracts may not only describe completed scientific studies, but also preliminary results and interesting observations of more anecdotal character.

  1. Full talk: 12 min talks + 2 min for questions. Is recommended for completed studies.
  2. Short talk: 5 min + 2 min for questions. It is recommended for projects with preliminary results, small bachelor projects and observations of a more anecdotal character.
  3. Video talk: 5 min + 2 min for questions. Its recommended for presentations with a lot to show visually, e.g. field work.

All accepted abstracts will be printed in the symposium program. The abstract must include the 1) Title of the study, 2) Authors, 3) Affiliations, and 4) 250 word (max) abstract describing the background, methods, (expected) results and implications of the study. Please provide the email of the corresponding author between the affiliations and the abstract itself, like this: “Caroline Hansen: Ch@mail.dk”.

The abstract should be submitted in word format and the filename should be “name_type of presentation” e.g. “CarolineHansen_Short”. Submit your abstract as word file to symposiumabstract@gmail.com

Abstract submission deadline is December 20th 2021

Answer will be given as soon as possible, or latest a week after the deadline. To confirm the accepted presentation, the presenter must register for the symposium by early bird deadline.

Abstract Guidelines

All accepted abstracts will be printed in the symposium program. Please follow guidelines for preparing your abstract:

Important dates

Abstract deadline: December 20th 2021.

Decisions will be sent out as soon as possible, latest a week after the deadline.

To confirm an accepted presentation, the presenter must register for the symposium by the early bird deadline.

Only one “full talk” will be assigned per first (or presenting) author. However, authors wishing to present more of their work are encouraged to apply for an additional “short-talk”. Authors should indicate their preferred type of presentation.

Settings

Margins should be set at 3 cm in left and right side of the page, and 2.5 cm in top and bottom. Font should be “Arial” size 12 for text, size 16 for title, and size 10 for figure text and affiliations. The text should be in British English and contain a description of  aims and main conclusions.

Content

Title should be provided and needs to reflect the study.

The abstract should be written as one continuous paragraph without indentation of the first line. A maximum of 250 words are allowed. The common and scientific name of the species or taxa should be given. It must fit on a single A4-page.

Figures, pictures and tables may be included below the text; make sure that they are readable. It must include names and affiliations of all authors formatted as the example attached.

Submission

The abstract should be submitted in .doc or .docx format with the file name formatted like this: ‘your full name_Type of presentation_word count’ e.g. CarolineHansen_Short presentation_267.

Criteria for Abstract Selection

The number of full talks is limited; it may therefore not always be possible to meet all requests. The abstracts with the highest scores will be given priority. All presentations qualified for poster presentations will be admitted space.

All abstracts for “full talks”, “short talks” and “video talks” will be evaluated and assigned to category based on the guidelines below:

  • At least three reviewers will score the abstracts, and at least two should agree on the talk-poster preferences.
  • Scores (maximum of 30 point per abstract, a maximum of 10 for each criteria) will be given taking into account the following:
  1. Form: The submission guidelines are to be followed 100 % with a structure that includes a background, a clear formulation of the objective, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion.
  • Specific question/hypothesis: The abstract must contain a specific hypothesis and/or clear statement of the problem addressed with substantial data and rigorous methods to support the conclusions reached. Reviews and descriptive studies may also be submitted, in that case, the intent should be clear in the title e.g. review or description should be in the title.
  • Impact: The scientific content of the study. How novel and substantial is it

Invitation to the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Danish Marine Mammal Society

Following the Symposium

Dear Members,

We hereby announce and invite you to participate in this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Danish Marine Mammal Society. The meeting will take place Saturday March 12th at the Museum Sønderjylland, Lergravsvej 2, 6510 Gram, Denmark. The exact location and room will be announced at the symposium.

We invite our members to submit proposals for the AGM. These should be sent to dkmarinemammalsociety@gmail.com with AGM proposal in the subject field.

Marine Mammal Greetings!

The Board of the Danish Marine Mammal Society

/Chair Rikke Guldborg Hansen

The board is presently comprised of: Rikke Guldborg Hansen (Chair), Maria Refsgaard Iversen (Vice Chair), Simon Kjeldgaard (Treasurer), Morten Tange Olsen, Katja Vinding Petersen, Siri Elmegaard, Emilie Nicoline Stepien, Nicolai Scherdin (Student Representative).

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