European Cetacean Society (ECS)

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4000 Liège

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ECS Chair

Chair elected in 2019 Joan Gonzalvo

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Dimitar Popov (

Webeditor of the European Cetacean Society

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From 1987 until 1993, the European Cetacean Society had a working group, chaired by Jan Willem Broekema, on computer-related issues associated with the exchange of strandings and sightings data. This Computer Working Group may seem superfluous today but it wasn't at the time. The ECS was introduced to internet by the European Union in the pre-web days of 1992, shortly before the web (HTML) concept and the browser (Mosaic) were invented in 1993. At the time the European Cetacean Society was a Special Interest Group (SIG) within a major EUreka project, introducing international scholars to internet usage. Our ECS mailing lists have existed ever since those days. The working group was dissolved and the role of web editor was introduced in 1993, when the first ECS pages were set up. The original site was designed to be very fast and light and available to any browser anywhere, and easy to maintain. Frames were introduced for the first time in 2003 and, in that year, a major overhaul created a new set of mailing lists, of which ECS-Talk is the most prominent. The domain name was introduced in 2006. In 2005 the menu and content were again revised. In 2008 the whole website was redesigned by Luke Verburgt from South Africa and in the ECS Council Graham Pierce took over the web editing role. In 2013 it was decided that a Content Management System needed to be introduced and the Society went for Drupal as a completely open source system. This is the current site that you are visiting now using automated conference setups, enabling the society to use the website as an internet archive of it's history and ongoing issues.

The site aims at providing information about the society itself and not about animals.