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Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Annual Conference and AGM

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-03-16    
End Date: 2007-03-18

Event Description:
Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

Annual Conference and AGM
16th-18th March, 2007
Newcastle upon Tyne


The reality of climate change and its consequent effects on the marine environment is now widely accepted. But what changes are occurring and what is the evidence? What other factors have caused significant change to marine species and communities? What other causes of change are being masked by, or blamed on, climate change? How has our approach to the study of the marine environment been modified? What technological developments are altering our understanding of marine ecological processes, or enabling new insights? The theme of this conference will address these sorts of questions.

Provisional speakers include:-
Keith Hiscock (MarLIN) - Linking natural history observations to environmental change
Ivor Rees (Menai Bridge Marine Lab [retrd.]) - Sporadic recruitment of long-lived molluscs
Jon Moore (Marine Environmental Consultant) - Impact of oil spills
Carolyn Heeps (The Crown Estate) - Offshore renewables
Jon Houghton (Swansea University) - Turtles
Frances Dipper (Marine Biologist & Author) - Diver observations of 'new' fish records

Venue: The meeting is to be held in Newcastle upon Tyne. There will be two days of talks (Friday and Saturday) followed by a field trip based at Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory at Cullercoats on the Sunday.

Costs: The conference fee, which includes coffee and tea, is £30 (£10 for students and unwaged) for members. Non-Porcupine members may join the Society at a special introductory rate of £5 (a 50% reduction!). If you wish to take advantage of this offer the total fee will be £35 (£15).

Annual Dinner: There will be a dinner on the Friday night at an approximate cost of £20-£25. A £10 deposit is required.

Call for Papers: We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to present a 20- or 30- minute paper at the conference by Friday 15th December. Later submissions will be considered but a slot cannot be guaranteed. The conference fee will be waived for speakers. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the subsequent edition of the Society Newsletter.

Posters: There will be a poster display available for viewing during the conference. Poster submissions can be accepted up to the end of February.

Details including location maps, accommodation lists, provisional programme and membership form (where appropriate) will be sent on completion of the attached booking form.

Contact: For offers of papers or posters, or for booking, or general, enquiries contact the conference organiser, Judy Foster-Smith ( Delegates with special needs should make this clear on booking.

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Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

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Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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