Scientific programme

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Preliminary Conference Porgramme


Main topics & Plenary speakers

Behavioural Ecology

Susan C. Alberts (Duke University, US)

Stress & Disturbance

Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle University, UK and University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Reproduction Management of Zoo Collections (co-organized by IZW & EAZA)

Cheryl Asa (AZA Reproductive Management Center, Saint Louis Zoo, US)

Conservation Genetics

Klaus-Peter Koepfli (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, US and Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)

Plenary talk: Application of genomics to the management of ex situ populations (preliminary title)

Conservation Biology

Steven R. Beissinger (University of California, Berkeley, California, US)

Parallel sessions

Environmental epigenetics (Thursday, October 5th, 17:00-19:00)
Session organisers: Yoav Soen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Michael Skinner (Washington State University, US), Alexandra Weyrich (IZW, Berlin, Germany) 

-           transgenerational inheritance
-           response to environmental factors
-           non-genetic inheritance
Ecophysiology of wildlife (Thursday, October 5th, 17:00-19:00)

Session organisers: Daniel Blumstein (University of California, Los Angeles, USA;, Sylvia Ortmann (IZW;

Ecophysiology studies the adaptation an organism's physiology to environmental conditions and the reaction to changes in environmental conditions. Availability, assimilation and allocation of food and/or energy is of vital importance for several aspects of the biology and life-history of animals, e.g. colonization of extreme habitats and niche separation, population dynamics and social systems, activity and habitat use, growth and reproduction. This workshop reviews various aspects of ecophysiology such as adaptation to seasonality, management of energy resources and energy reserves, acquisition and processing of food, and the effect of climate change on physiological adaptations in wildlife. Recent findings will be presented of research from field and laboratory studies and new techniques will be introduced, which hopefully stimulates discussion and encourages young scientists to work in this field.   

Urban wildlife ecology (Wednesday, October 4th, 17:00-19:00)

Session organisers: Seth Riley (University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW, Berlin, Germany) 

Urban areas are rapidly increasing worldwide and lead to the transformation of habitat for wildlife. On the one hand, novel ecosystems may arise, e.g. by offering new food resources, while on the other hand the human-wildlife interface increases through habitat fragmentation and expansion of developed areas. These processes not only change the contact zones between humans and wildlife leading to human-wildlife conflicts, but also alter transmission pathways for zoonotic pathogens or emerging infectious diseases. It is therefore of paramount importance to understand the adaptive strategies of wildlife species to urban environments to contribute to a reasonable wildlife management. This workshop aims to provide an overview of current work done in the relatively young field of urban wildlife ecology by focusing on behavioural and physiological adaptations (movement behaviour and habitat selection, genetic structure, resource use) of wildlife to urban environments, stressors and selective pressures to wildlife in cities as well as on infectious diseases of wildlife at the human-wildlife interface.

Conservation (Wednesday, October 4th, 17:00-19:00)

Session organisers: Nuno Santos (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO), Porto University, Portugal), Marion L. East (IZW, Berlin, Germany)

Human activities have caused an alarming loss of biodiversity, large reductions in wildlife populations, rising human-wildlife conflict, and the degradation of both habitats and ecological processes. This workshop aims to discuss these conservation problems and the approaches used to alleviate them. 

- biodiversity
- ecosystem services
- human-wildlife conflict
- wildlife populations
- conservation methods



Please note that the participation in the following workshops is not included in the conference fee.

Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos for conservation breeding
Date & time: Friday, 6th October 2017, 11:00 - 17:30
Venue: Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin
Workshop fees: 45 Euro per person (incl. coffee break and lunch snacks)
Max. number of participants: 10 (registrations will be handled on a "first come, first serve" basis)
Workshop organisers: Johannes Schenkel (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany), Karin Müller (IZW, Berlin, Germany), Katarina Jewgenow (IZW, Berlin, Germany)

- Basics of cryopreservation (semen oocytes, embryos and reproductive tissue)
- Aspects of cryobanking and current technology
- Hands-on seminar
Wildlife detection dogs
Date & time: Saturday, 7th October 2017, 10:00 - 16:30
Venue: Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin
Workshop fees: 35 Euro per person (incl. two coffee breaks)
Max. number of participants: 56 (registrations will be handled on a "first come, first serve" basis)
This workshop is for conference participants as well as for people who do not attend the conference. If you wish to attend the workshop, but not the conference, please book the registration fee "workshop only: Wildlife detection dogs" at: and tick the according box for the workshop.
For participants booking only this workshop (without participation in the conference) the conference proceeding is not included. If you would like to order one or more copy/copies, please choose this during online registration.

Workshop organisers: Jens Frank (Scandinavian Working Dog Institute and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden), Anne Berger (IZW, Berlin, Germany)

The use of wildlife detection dogs currently experiences an increasing popularity in research, monitoring, and nature conservation especially by improving the detection of cryptic species. However, the use of wildlife detection dogs requires guidelines and certifications in order to ensure high quality standards and documented results and, consequently, to get broad official approval.

After giving a general introduction and overview about how wildlife detection dogs can assist researchers in data collection and their use worldwide, we will discuss potential requirements and quality standards with European experts working in that area.


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