Third International Conference on
Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life
August 11-16, 2013
Announcements – Updated 30th July, 2013
The third International Conference on "The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life" will take place in Budapest, Hungary, August 11-16, 2013. This meeting follows the very successful meetings held in Nyborg Denmark (2007) and Cork, Ireland (2010). These meetings brought together scientists, regulators, environmentalists, and people from industry to learn about and discuss issues related to the effects that man-made noise has on aquatic organisms. The outcome from the Nyborg meeting was a special issue of the international journal Bioacoustics (2008, volume 17:1-350) and the Cork meeting in 2010 resulted in a book entitled " The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life."
Aquatic Noise 2013, like its predecessors, is intended to introduce participants to the most recent research data, regulatory issues, and thinking about effects of man-made noise, and to foster discussion between the participants. Emphasis will be on the cross-fertilization of ideas and findings across species and noise sources. This kind of sharing of material is of exceptional value since there are many commonalities in issues that never get appreciated except at meetings that cross disciplines and ideas.
The meeting will also afford a unique opportunity for participants to learn about issues that they normally do not encounter, and/or to hear the latest science. Thus, scientists learn about issues facing regulators, while industry learns the latest data, etc.
The Cork meeting had three scientific parts. There were talks on the most recent science, regulatory issues, etc. There were posters to enable additional people to present material. And, we had a unique third session, calling a "lightning round" where anyone could present a very short talk about their poster or other ideas.
While we have yet to work out specific details for the Budapest meeting, the intent is to have it similar in format to Cork, with the addition of more "lightning" sessions. Invited main talks will focus on the most recent findings, regulatory issues, etc., and there will be additional efforts made to focus on new and exciting findings and questions, as well as to continue to identify data gaps, highest priority research areas, and opportunities for collaboration to address them.
But, most importantly, a great deal of time will be left for informal discussions among participants since it is clear that some of the most important outcomes from both earlier meetings came from discussions at meals, in the hallways, and at the bar.
Individuals who have a potential interest in attending the meeting should fill out our questionnaire at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AN2013. Filling this out will help us ensure that you get future emails about the meeting, and also help us get suggestions from potential attendees about content and scope of the meeting.
The meeting site will be the Corinthia Hotel, a five star property that will provide a venue for hotel rooms, an excellent room for plenary talks, and a large space for posters. One of the features of the Corinthia is that it has numerous comfortable locations for delegates to hold informal discussions. We will also have near-by hotels at lower rates for students. An added feature of holding the meeting is that Budapest is a wonderfully interesting and cosmopolitan city that affords wonderful things to do for families before, during, and after the meeting. See our links, to the left, to learn more about our venue and surrounding areas.
If you have any thoughts or comments about the forthcoming meeting, please contact either of us. And, if you or your organization would be interested in supporting parts of the meeting, we would like to hear from you.
Arthur N. Popper, USA
Anthony D. Hawkins, UK