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, USA)


Parallel sessions

Environmental Epigenetics

Session organisers: Yoav Soen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Michael Skinner (Washington State University, US), Alexandra Weyrich (IZW, Berlin, Germany) 

Further information will follow soon.

Ecophysiology of wildlife

Daniel Blumstein (University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Sylvia Ortmann (IZW)

Urban wildlife ecology

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.



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



Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos for conservation breeding
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
Further information will follow soon.
Wildlife detection dogs

Session 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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