The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the second Sharks International Symposium at the Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa from 2-6 June 2014.
Sharks International in Cairns, Australia in June 2010 was the first fully international elasmobranch conference in nearly 20 years. Although it was arranged as a once-off event, it was so successful that most of the delegates felt that it should not only be repeated but that it should become a regular event.
The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for the world’s leading shark and ray researchers, along with students and early career scientists to meet, share ideas, update information and report on the progress of their most recent scientific studies. Networking opportunities at a conference of this nature and size are enormous (we are hoping to eclipse the attendance figures of 214 delegates from 22 countries at Cairns). There will not be any specific themes at the conference, although every effort will be made to try and group presentations on a particular topic into a session or consecutive sessions. We have already been approached regarding such sessions on sawfish and evolutionary development of elasmobranchs.
Durban is a vibrant city on the east coast of South Africa, with a blend of ethnic Zulu, Western and Indian cultures. The climate is mild; in June the average temperature range is 13-23°C. It has world class beaches and is the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). KZN proudly boasts two World Heritage sites, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. It is also home to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, founded in 1895 and the oldest wild game sanctuary in Africa, and the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu war. All this is within a three-hour drive of Durban. We hope that elasmobranch researchers will not only take this opportunity to interact with colleagues and newly formed acquaintances at Sharks International but will enjoy the many tourist attractions of the province.
Local Host Committee
Geremy Cliff (KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board)
Augustina Ganesan (KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board)
Sabine Wintner (KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board)
Dr. Matt Dicken (KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board)
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* Photography courtesy of Geremy Cliff