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Welcome to the European Cetacean Society!

The European Cetacean Society (ECS) was established in January 1987 and aims to promote and advance the scientific studies and conservation efforts of marine mammals and to gather and disseminate information about them to members of the Society and the public at large. The ECS is coordinated by a Council of 11 members and each year organizes an Annual Conference in a European country.

In most countries in Europe the ECS is represented by a National Contact Person. ECS membership fluctuates between 350-550 persons from more than 25 European countries and several countries outside Europe (total 25 -42 countries). Students make up between 35 - 50% of the membership. The Society is financed through the annual membership subscription.

33rd Conference of the European Cetacean Society


We are pleased to announce that the 33rd annual European Cetacean Society conference will be taking place in Ashdod, on the Mediterranean coast of Israel from 5-7 April 2022. This will be the first hybrid event in the history of the ECS, and the first to be held outside of the European borders - we are very excited for this unique opportunity to host you all.

The theme of this year's conference is:

Marine mammal research and conservation effort - Are we on the right path?