For the first time ever, we featured speed talks at the ACTWS conference this year. These were 4 minute barn-burners, cutting the time for a traditional talk by two-thirds. The speed-demon who took home first-place in this category was…
…Kelsey Saboraki from the University of Winnipeg with her talk “Risky behaviour: species and sex differences in contact during the breeding season may explain variation in Chronic Wasting Disease prevalence. Here she is accepting her award from presenter Jesse Tigner. Way to go Kelsey!
Congratulations as well to Jacky Normandeau and April-Robin Martinig (pictured) who took second and third place respectively in our Traditional Talk category.
Jacky asked the question “Is there differential parasite exposure in a partially migratory elk population?” and April’s presentation on “Immigrant female red squirrels pay a fitness cost after settlement but males do not” caught the judges’ eye.
Our proudest moments at ACTWS/CSTWS19 were watching and reading student presentations and posters. While they were all impressive, and all deserve our respect and recognition, we can’t give everyone an award. But we want to highlight our 2019 student presentation and poster award winners. Starting with….
…Phil Walker, winner of the Traditional Talk category for his presentation, Identification and evaluation of woodland caribou birth sites in northern Ontario. Congratulations Phil!
By all accounts, ACTWS/CSTWS19 was a great success. The energy in Canmore was palpable, the plenaries inspiring, the presentations and posters impressive, and the side-conversations passionate. As we’ve reflected on the conference’s membership and attendance, we’d like to share some key findings.
Perhaps because much of what we do is statistics, we couldn’t help ourselves. So, understanding that this is an imperfect survey (as most are), plus or minus some unmeasured error, here are the conference demographics:
392 Conference Attendees
52% of Attendees were Students
59% of Attendees were Women
56 Paper Presentations
The program is out, the venue is ready for us and presentations are getting polished. Our annual conference is happening!
Dr. Cassady St. Clair will kick things off with a talk Thursday evening, there are field trips and workshops on Friday and plenaries and sessions on Saturday and Sunday A lot going on.
Registration is 10 to 5 on Friday and 8 to noon Saturday. And don’t forget to purchase your very own conference travel mug. The banquet and auction Saturday night is going to be a blast. Don’t miss the 30 Years of Women in Wildlife Symposium Sunday morning.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.