THE 7th ISWE CONFERENCE
The 7th ISWE Conference was hosted by the Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria and South African National Parks in 2019 and was held at Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Delegates totaling 103 individuals from 18 countries attended the conference, which included 39 oral and 46 poster presentations. The keynote speakers were Dr. Nigel Bennett of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), who presented on his integrative work exploring the endocrine correlates of socially-induced infertility in eusocial mole-rats, and Dr. Ann MacLarnon from Durham University (United Kingdom), who outlined the explanatory power of endocrinology for understanding mechanistic and evolutionary questions in biology. Dr. Rupert Palme led a workshop on advances and problems related to the non-invasive measurement of glucocorticoids, and the conference also included the inaugural trainee-mentor luncheon. Travel scholarships were awarded to Justine Hudson (University of Manitoba, Canada) and Laura McCaw (University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada). ISWE thanks our conference sponsors for an enlightening and productive meeting: Arbor Assays, Enzo Life Sciences, Inc., and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.
6th ISWE CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
The 6th ISWE Conference was hosted by Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017. In addition to our normal focus on reproduction, health and welfare, we were happy to have a special session this year on aquatic species, a growing area of study. The keynote speakers for the conference were Dr. Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkley and Dr. James Gelsleichter from the University of North Florida, who presented talks focused on endocrine issues in amphibians and elasmobranchs. Travel Scholarships for the 6th ISWE Conference were awarded to Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel (India), Gabriela Martins (Brazil) and Kristen Counsell (USA).
6TH ISWE CONFERENCE
Disney’s Animal Kingdom hosted the 6th ISWE Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2017.
MARINA PONZIO AND CATHARINE WHEATON
The 6th ISWE Conference chair was Marina Ponzio (left), and the host was Catharine Wheaton (right). The conference featured researchers and leaders in the field of wildlife endocrinology.
6th ISWE CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEES
The conference was attended by the three ISWE Travel Grant awardees Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel (top) from India, Gabriela Martins (left) from Brazil and Kristen Counsell (right) from the USA.
6th ISWE CONFERENCE POSTER WINNERS
Gaby Flacke (Zoo Miami) and Katherine Graham (New England Aquarium) were the 6th ISWE Conference Poster Winners.
5th ISWE | BERLIN, GERMANY
The 5th ISWE Conference was hosted by IZW (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research) in Berlin in 2015. The keynote speakers for the conference were Gabriela Mastromonaco, who presented “Reproductive hormone analysis: Developing tools to understand population health”, André Ganswindt, who presented “A matter of perception – Endocrine responses to stressors in African Wildlife” and Lee Koren, who spoke about “Integrated matrices reveal wild vertebrate life history traits”. Travel Scholarships for the 5th ISWE Conference were awarded to Juan Scheun, Annais Carbajal and Ee Phin Wong.
4th ISWE | CHICAGO, USA
The 4th ISWE Conference was hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo in 2013. The keynote speakers for the conference were Sam Wasser, who presented “Integrating physiology and ecology to influence wildlife policy” and Neena Schwartz, who presented “Building a Lab of My Own”. Travel Scholarships for the 2013 Conference were awarded to Kelly Robinson, Bonnie Baird and Susanne Pribbenow.
3rd ISWE | VIENNA, AUSTRIA
ISWE held its 3rd annual conference in 2012 at Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria. The conference focused on “Non-invasive Monitoring of Hormones”. The keynote speakers were Janine Brown, Michael Heistermann, Erich Möstl, Tobias Deschner, Nadja Wielebnowski, Chadi Touma, Martin Dehnhard, Tim Ellis and Katharina Hirschenhauser.
2nd ISWE | TORONTO, CANADA
The 2nd ISWE Conference took place in 2011 and was hosted by the Toronto Zoo. Drs. Janine Brown and Nadja Wielebnowski were ISWE co-chairs. The keynote addresses for the conference were by Glen Van Der Kraak “Environmental Endocrinology: Applications to Understanding the Fitness of Wildlife”, and Rudy Boonstra “The Ecology of Stress: Insights from Natural Populations”
1st ISWE | CINCINNATI, USA
As the result of discussions held at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, ISWE held its 1st conference at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2010. The conference offered a keynote address by Rupert Palme and three sessions:
Recent Advances in Basic Endocrinology