The ECS convenes once a year in an European country with invited international authorities, talks and posters. This is the ECS Annual Conference at which the Annual General Meeting is also held. Its main theme changes every year. To better accommodate university students, interested in attending the Conference, the meetings alternate between southern and northern Europe as much as possible.
Please visit our conference website for information about the annual conference.You will need to create a website profile on this website which will allow you to electronically submit an abstract for the conference.
Choice of venue for conferences
Since the founding conference at the North Sea Centre1 in Hirtshals, Denmark, in January 1987, there has been an unwritten policy to alternate conference venues between northern and southern European countries, and also to vary the region and type of venue as much as possible to encompass all the various interests and backgrounds of members. This policy has enabled members, students and interested non-members to attend our conferences at one time or another. This policy supports the ECS constitution that states that “the objectives of the Society are to promote and co-ordinate the scientific study and conservation of cetaceans; and to gather and disseminate information about cetaceans to Members of the Society and the public at large”. The ECS is also beginning to alternate between Western and Central/Eastern Europe.
Our venues therefore differ widely, but each conference has a theme that echoes the background resources and expertise of the particular hosting organisation each year. The ECS Council consider that this is the best possible way to experience and utilise all the skills and knowledge that abound in our Society, and excluding non-ethical research, inhumane practices and political agendas, the Society tries to encompass all aspects of cetacean research in order to encourage a robust dialogue and interchange of ideas and information between members. The Society is also dependent on potential organisations offering to host the conferences, and in this respect the Council is extremely pleased to receive invitations from a variety of scientific establishments with international reputations.
1) The North Sea Centre at that time was the only holding facility for scientific research on harbour porpoise in Europe.