Giant Sea Bass, Stereolepis gigas, by David Wang

Shark International Meeting in Australia

Posted on Nov 11, 2009

The organising committee for Sharks International would like to extend an invitation to attend this one-time event being hosted in Cairns, Queensland, Australia from 6-11 June 2010. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the world's leading shark and ray experts, along with students and up and coming early career researchers, to come together to share ideas, update information and report on the progress of the most recent scientific studies in the field of shark and ray ecology. As these species become more affected by human and environmental factors on a global scale, international approaches to their study and management will be increasingly important. This conference is a first step in encouraging and developing international linkages between researchers from various regions.

Registration for Sharks International opens 1 November. Early bird registration is open until 28 February so we suggest you register before 1 March to receive the discount. Keep an eye on key dates to ensure you apply in time for abstract submission, travel funding, etc. Travel funding is available for students and early career scientists - see the web site for details.

For security purposes you will need to create an account to be able to register for the conference. You will need to select 'Register' at the top right hand side of the web page (http://www.sharksinternational.org/) and create your account. Once the account is established you will be able to see secure pages for abstract submission and registration.

Publications: Proceedings of the conference will be published (please see: 
http://www.sharksinternational.org/conference-proceedings). Manuscripts will be due at the meeting. Your intention to submit a publication should be indicated on your registration and a tentative title listed to ensure we are expecting your submission.

Accommodation: Rydges Esplanade has offered a great rate for rooms at the conference venue. We have not, however, held a block of rooms. If you wish to stay at the conference venue we suggest you book early as this hotel is very popular with tour groups and can fill quickly. Links to booking accommodation are provided on the conference web site.

Please note: If you are registering from overseas please note that we are working on Australian east coast time. The web site is automated to switch registration rates to full cost on 1 March and I cannot override it. Also please see the travel information section on the site to help in your planning. If you are travelling from overseas please pay careful attention to departure and arrival dates in your planning as you may cross the international dateline. Meaning if you leave Los Angeles on Monday you will arrive in Cairns on Wednesday, not Tuesday. 
Thanks for your time and we look forward to seeing you in Cairns next year.

The Sharks International Organising Committee

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