Wildlife Research and Conservation 2019 (WRC2019)

to be held
30th September – 2nd October 2019
in Berlin, Germany


Wildlife Research and Conservation 2019 (WRC2019) aims to foster an exchange of ideas between wildlife scientists from different disciplines. We welcome contributions to the following topics: Life-history and Phenotypic plasticity, Social behaviour/Mating systems, Hormones & Behaviour, Conservation Genetics and Conservation. In addition, renowned external scientists will organise sessions and hands-on workshops, providing new perspectives on topics such as capture-mark-recapture methods, movement ecology, assisted reproduction techniques, and ethical questions linked to fieldwork projects and management interventions.

WRC2019 is jointly organised by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and WWF Germany; it is the successor of the International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife. WRC2019 will start on Monday, September 30th, 2019 and will continue until Wednesday, October 2nd, concluding with the conference dinner. We will also offer several exciting excursions in and near Berlin on Thursday, October 3rd!

We look forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

Sarah Benhaiem, Anne Berger, Oliver Höner, Conny Landgraf, Josepha Prügel and Viktoriia Radchuk

Conference venue

The conference will be held in the facilities of the Botanical Museum Berlin,
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

Online registration

If you would like to attend the conference, but have not registered yet, we recommend to register as soon as possible!

Registration fees

Regular registration fees (after May 19th, 2019):
Regular fee: 280 Euro
Regular student fee: 170 Euro

Abstract submission

The deadline for abstract submission has expired.
Authors will receive notification, confirming whether their contribution has been accepted for a poster or oral presentation by July 31st, 2019 at the latest.

Main sessions & plenary speakers

  • Behaviour, life history and phenotypic plasticity
    Prof. Dr. Barbara Taborsky
    (Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • Social behaviour and mating systems
    Prof. Dr. Michael Cant
    (Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK)

  • Hormones, individual plasticity and fitness
    Prof. Dr. Michaela Hau
    (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Defaunation: species functional extinctions and their socio-ecological consequences
    (jointly organized by Leibniz-IZW and WWF Germany)
    Prof. John E. Fa
    (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia)

  • Conservation Genetics
    (jointly organized by Leibniz-IZW and EAZA)
    Prof. Mike Bruford
    (School of Biosciences and Sustainable Places Institute, Cardiff University, UK)

Sessions & workshops

  • An introduction to the ctmmweb R package for movement analysis
    Hands-on workshop organized by
    Dr. Justin Calabrese (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA)
    Further information

  • Importance of social behaviour and application of social networks across wildlife biology and conservation
    Session organized by
    Dr. Damien Farine (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and University of Konstanz, Germany)
    Further information

  • Human-Wildlife Interactions: Coming from both sides
    Workshop organized by
    Dr. Lysanne Snijders (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)
    Dr. Tanja Straka (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)
    Dr. Sophia Kochalski (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany)
    Dr. Maarten Jacobs (Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands)
    Further information

  • Recent advances in capture-recapture studies with applications in wildlife research and conservation
    Session organized by
    Dr. Lucile Marescot (CEFE, CNRS, University Montpellier, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, France)
    Dr. Olivier Gimenez (CEFE, CNRS, University Montpellier, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, EPHE, IRD, France)
    Further information

  • Advances in gamete preservation for assisted reproduction
    Session organized by
    Prof. Dr. Katarina Jewgenow (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)
    Dr. Karin Müller (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)
    Further information

  • Smart tags for smart animals; but are we being smart about what we are doing with them?
    Session organized by
    Francesca Cagnacci (Fondazione Edmund Mach - Istituto Agrario San Michele All'Adige, Italy)
    Anne Berger
    (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)
    TBA
    (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
    Further information

  • Defaunation - from conservation science to conservation action
    Panel discussion with
    Prof. John E. Fa (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia)
    Frank Barsch (Federal Ministry for the Environmment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany)
    TBA
    The panel discussion is jointly organized by Leibniz-IZW and WWF Germany.
    Further information

Contact

For questions, please contact us at symposium@izw-berlin.de.