2nd World Seabird Conference

Event date: 26 October 2015 - 30 October 2015

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Website/register: 2nd World Seabird Conference
Hosted by:  World Seabird Union and The African Seabird Group

Description: The formation of the World Seabird Union was one of the achievements of the 1st World Seabird Conference, held in Victoria, Canada, September 7-11, 2010.  The WSU is a consortium (non-profit, non-governmental organization) of all 21 of the world’s main regional and international seabird research and conservation organizations, and established its non-profit status in 2012.

The goal of the WSU is to serve as a global network of seabird organizations to enhance seabird conservation and research. Seabirds.net is the global information portal for the World Seabird Union dedicated to the facilitation of communication and data sharing between seabird scientists around the world.

The theme for the 2nd World Seabird Conference is Seabirds: Global Ocean Sentinels.

Conference Themes / Session Topics*

– Seabirds as indicators of ocean health – Boundary currents
– One third for the birds – Climate change adaptations
– Spatial ecology – African seabirds
– Marine spatial planning – Polar seabirds
– Forage fish and seabirds – Breeding sites
– Marine Projected Areas  

Legacy Projects*

– Seabirds.net website – Global network of seabird tracking data
– Interregional collaborations – Early-career scientist support
– Global network of seabird colony and performance databases – Regional research and conservation priorities
– Outreach and education  

tentative, subject to change

Local Organizing Committee Chair: Ross Wanless
Scientific Programme Committee Chair: Peter Ryan