ACCOBAMS-ECS Student Awards

Approximately one third to one half of the ECS membership comprises students. To promote high standards in the quality and clarity of scientific presentation, the society coordinates a comprehensive assessment of student oral and poster presentations. Upon submitting an abstract for a conference, a student can decide to nominate their presentation for consideration for the ACCOBAMS-ECS Student Award. This award is generously sponsored by ACCOBAMS. Nominated presentation is assessed anonymously by four conference attendees who are experts in relevant fields of study. The results are compiled and the lead-author of the presentations obtaining highest scores receive an award, including a prize and a certificate. Each year, an award is given for the following categories: best poster, best short talk and best long talk.

Best Oral Presentation

Year Conference Title of Presentation Awardee
2018 Italy Origin and spread of phocine distemper virus in 1988 and 2002 Iben Stockholm
2017 Denmark Drivers of the Dive Response in Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) Jeppe Kaczmarek
2016 Madeira Conservation of killer whales in the Strait of Gibraltar requires ecosystem-based bluefin tuna fishery management Ruth Esteban
2015 Malta Does the pressure of achieving reproductive success prevent grey seals from responding to human disturbance?  Amanda Bishop

Best Short Talks

Year Conference Title of Presentation Awardee
2018 Italy From brick to bullet: Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to design bio-logging tags with minimal drag William Kay
2018 Italy Kinematic and acoustic analysis of herring-eating killer whale feeding behaviour during different prey life-stages Pablo Chevallard
2017 Denmark Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in free ranging common bottlenose dolphins from the northern Adriatic Sea, in relation to demographic parameters Tilen Genov
2016 Madeira Cytochrome P450 1A1 and 2B protein expression as biomarker for the first assessment of the ecotoxicological status of Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) in the NW Mediterranean Sea Matteo Baini
2015 Malta Development of a biomechanic model of grey seal impacts on the west coast of Scotland fisheries Vanessa Trijoulet

Best Posters

Year Conference Title of Poster Awardee
2018 Italy Elucidating