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Call for Abstracts: First Symposium on Extra-Terrestrial Marine Conservation

cp2SETMC will be held from 1 July – 4 August 2042 at the Attenborough Centre for Conservation Glasgow University, Scotland.

We are now accepting abstracts for in person and virtual presentations, as well as proposals for neuro-linked discussion groups.

All abstracts must be submitted online or via neural-uplink by 5pm (GMT) on 1 March 2042. Decisions will be made by the end of March 2042. Complete instructions for submission are available at the meeting website. The selection process is highly competitive.

The main focus of the symposium is to discuss mitigation measures for the growing marine conservation threats in the sub-surface ocean of Europa, and precautionary strategies for to avoid similar problems for the upcoming Encaladus and Ganymede missions.

A special discussion will be held for the proposed extra solar system probe missions to Kepler-62e and 62f (popularly referred to in the media as Atlantis and R’lyeh, respectively) to minimize potential threats to these outside system water bearing planets.

The symposium is being organized by the Global office of the Society for Marine Conservation Science (SMCS) with funding from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Society for Astrobiology. The symposium particularly welcomes inter-disciplinary researchers and those from the fields of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial oceanography, palaeozoology, astrobiology, space engineering and astrotoxicology. The symposium welcomes presentations on the following topics. However, this list is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely a guide for proposers. Other topics of interest are welcome.

Symposium themes

  • • Controlling harmful microbial and viral extra-terrestrial marine blooms
  • • Disturbance reactions of extra-terrestrial marine species
  • • The toxicological impacts of radioactive and chemical extra-terrestrial marine contaminants
  • • Remote monitoring of deep extra-terrestrial sea species
  • • Using new neural technologies to improve data sharing
  • •  Advancing extra-terrestrial marine conservation through international treaties
  • • Effective extra-terrestrial marine conservation planning
  • • Conservation at the terrestrial/extra-terrestrial interface

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Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in projects on every continent. Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the undergraduate coordinator for their environmental science program. He’s a member of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), has been involved in organizing four of the International Marine Conservation Congresses (IMCC) (the world’s largest academic marine conservation conference) and two of the International Congresses for Conservation Biology. He was a Governor of the Society for Conservation Biology for nearly a decade and is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Cetacean Society and the Society for Marine Mammalogy. In addition, Dr. Parsons has published over 120 scientific papers and book chapters and has written a textbook on marine mammal biology & conservation.


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