20th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Gdynia, Poland, 2006
The ECS Conference took place in
Gdynia, Poland, between 2-7 April (pre-conference workshops on April
1, 2 and 7, plenary sessions April 3-6) and was hosted by the Hel
Marine Station, University of Gdańsk, in co-operation with the
Fundation for the Development of the University of Gdańsk and
the City of Gdynia.
There were 57 talks and about 240
poster presentations. Seven workshops have been organized in the two
days before the conference, some of which were very overbooked.
The theme of the very successful 20th Conference of the European Cetacean Society was:
and Man in Coastal Ecosystems:
Can They Co-exist?
A most memorable event was the
unveiling of a statue of the Harbour Porpoise during the Conference.
This statue by Piotr Yahouvkovsky symbolises the importance of this
small cetacean for the Baltic states as indicator of the
environmental well being of the Baltic.
On the other hand was the Conference
well helped by an unexpected visitor: a humpback whale that visited
the area around Hel and Gdansk at the same time. It captured the
nation’s attention and made for many interviews for magazines,
newspapers, radio and television! The ECS could not have done better
if it had been planned. See for all the relevant information the ECS
2006 Conference web site.
Conference organisors Iwona Kuklik and
Krzysztof Skóra are to be complimented on a perfect
introduction of the ECS in central Europe.