We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the European Cetacean Society (ECS) for successfully delivering their 2021 live webinar series, and for including SATURN in their programme of events.
The current impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the ECS’ annual conference, which was to be held in Israel this year, was postponed until such time as it was feasible for people to travel. With sights set firmly on 2022 for this event, the team at ECS set about organising an alternative and equally engaging programme of events in the form of their very first webinar series! Running from the 15-19 March, this webinar series provided the marine mammal scientific community with a platform to share their knowledge and experience with a wider community. The success of the webinar series, which boasted over 1000 requests to attend, has led to the suggestion from Dr Joan Gonzalvo (Chair of ECS) to integrate a similar open and online format in future conferences.
Of particular interest at this event was a presentation delivered by SATURN partner Jacob Nabe-Nielsen (Aarhus University) on ‘Impacts of Disturbances on Marine Populations – The Importance of Animal Movements and Energetics’, which took place on March 16th. In this talk, Jacob discussed the potential for agent-based models to directly incorporate animal movement, energetics, and responses to different types of disturbances, and how they can improve our ability to predict population consequences of disturbances.
Jacob also discussed how agent-based models can be further developed to assess the cumulative impacts of different kinds of disturbances on animal movements. Jacob concluded his presentation by highlighting the role that SATURN will play in developing this research further over the coming years. Video recordings are provided for most of the researchers who spoke on the day and are available via their website and YouTube channel . You can view Jacob’s full talk and Q&A session, via the following link, and his abstract and profile here.
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