As you read this, I’ll be on a plane over the Pacific Ocean. I’m on my way to Auckland, New Zealand for the 25th annual International Congress for Conservation Biology! This meeting, organized by the Society for Conservation Biology, brings together conservation scientists from around the world. I will be live-Tweeting talks and plenary speeches that I think you’ll find interesting and relevant, so be sure to follow me on Twitter if you don’t already. If any Southern Fried Science readers are also attending the meeting (or if you live in Auckland), come say hello- I always like to meet readers in person.
Last May, I attended the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congresss, an interdisciplinary conference that brought together scientists, NGOs, policymakers, and interested members of the general public. It was the largest professional meeting dedicated to saving the oceans in history, and it was an honor to be a part of it. In addition to seeing old friends and meeting some of my heroes, I took the opportunity to “live-Tweet” the talks I attended. Whenever a presenter made an important point, I summarized it in a Tweet, and, whenever possible, I included relevant hashtags (#Shark, #bycatch) and links to more information (either a website or published paper affiliated with the presenter, or one from a 3rd party working in the same field).
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