SAAMBR hosts a successful first internal symposium

Each year SAAMBR staff have the opportunity to present their work at both international and local conferences. This year SAAMBR hosted an internal symposium, where staff could share their work and collaborate with their colleagues.

Dr Francois Lampen, Curator: Animal Health, presents to attendees

The symposium was a great success and after viewing the various posters on display, delegates enjoyed 22 presentations. The first was titled “Escaped animal presentation with a snake”, and live snakes placed strategically around the venue guaranteed audience attention and participation, and set a lively tone for the day. 

ORI scientists shared a wide range of presentations. Talks ranged from those on fisheries in the south-western Indian Ocean to trawler-catch data, fish movement research, macrobenthos off the coast, marine protected areas, coastal research on access points, and shoreline changes. Each of these topics provided a glimpse into the fascinating research undertaken by our scientists.

Animal behaviourist Tracy Shaw presents on penguins

The uShaka Sea World presentations covered coral reproduction, the value of satellite tags in tracking rehabilitated seals, our work on the African penguin, medical health checks on rays, zoo medicine, marine mammal training and the complexities of water-quality monitoring.

The education team used the opportunity to share their presentations on managing volunteers, working with a local school and an evaluation of their activities.

With around 50 attendees, the symposium was hailed as a great success and provided a valuable opportunity to demonstrate both the depth and breadth of the work of a truly remarkable conservation NGO.

Attendees examine the many posters on display at the venue

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