My Dunedin Itinerary

International Marine Mammology conference attracts 1200 to Dunedin

04 March 2014

The University of Otago hosted the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, bringing together around 1200 delegates and 24 exhibitors from more than 30 countries – including 29 scientists from Otago.

The University of Otago hosted the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, bringing together around 1200 delegates and 24 exhibitors from more than 30 countries – including 29 scientists from Otago. This is the first time the biennial conference has been held in Australasia. The conference ran from 09 – 13 December and was the largest conference Dunedin has seen in a decade. 

Delegates experienced a full weeks programme after being welcomed to the conference at an event held at the Otago Museum.

Dr Bruce Robertson, from the Department of Zoology, said “The strength of marine mammal research at Otago is a real draw-card, and is the main reason why the University was awarded the hosting rights to what is probably one of the largest conferences to be held by the University”. Among the 350 research talks and 400 posters, Otago scientists presented on a wide range of marine mammals including dolphins, whales, and sea lions. 

The estimated economic value to the city is over $2.5m (based on industry formula).

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Bree Jones

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