Since 2019, NAMMCO has been organising an annual student symposium on marine mammals with the goal of connecting students working on projects in the same field with one another. In 2020 and 2021, the symposium was expanded to include online participants and facilitate networking opportunities among young researchers around the world. The event has been co-organised by the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea since 2020, as well as the Arctic Biology department from the University of Tromsø in 2021.

The symposium gives a voice to students to present their research, whether completed or in conception, to their peers and receive feedback. It aims to connect students from different disciplines to discuss relevant topics in the field of marine mammal sciences from a biology, policy, user and indigenous perspective.


Take a look at previous years’ programmes here:



Keynote speakers:

Dr. Victoria Qutuuq Buschman is an Inuk wildlife and conservation biologist from Utqiaġvik, Alaska, though she now makes her home permanently in Nuuk, Greenland. She has lived and worked across the Arctic in an effort to study how Indigenous peoples fundamentally shape Arctic biodiversity conservation, from research, to management, to actualizing the dreams of new protected areas.Her role in research has been to challenge the colonial legacy of conservation and instead promote partnerships with Indigenous communities, knowledge, and governance to develop ethically-conscious, culturally-relevant, and fully knowledge-based conservation efforts in the Arctic.


Dr Richard Caddell is a Reader in Law at Cardiff University, UK, where he specialises in the law of the sea and international environmental law, with a particular interest in marine mammal law. He completed his PhD thesis on the international regulation of cetaceans and has written extensively about marine mammal and fisheries issues. He is the author of Migratory Species in International Law: Challenges of Transboundary Conservation (2022) and co-editor of Wetlands and International Environmental Law: The Evolution and Impact of the Ramsar Convention (2022), Research Handbook on Climate Change and Biodiversity Law (2022), Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans (2019), and Shipping, Law and the Marine Environment in the Twenty-First Century (2013). Richard is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy and regularly advises national and intergovernmental bodies on marine and environmental law.



2021 Abstracts


Keynote speaker:

Nikolas Sellheim holds a PhD in law from the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. His primary research focuses on international conservation law and in particular marine mammals. He has published extensively on the EU Seal Regime and on international marine legal issues. Nikolas is co-Editor-in-Chief of Polar Record, the journal of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK.




2020 Abstracts


Keynote speakers:

Vito De Lucia is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His most immediate research interests are located at the intersection of critical theory, law and ecology. His current research agenda focuses on the concept of commons in international law, on the negotiations towards a new global treaty on marine biodiversity in areas beyond jurisdiction (BBNJ) and on Arctic governance. He is author of The Ecosystem Approach in International Environmental law. Genealogy and Biopolitics (Routledge, 2019).


Sofia Aniceto holds a postdoctoral position at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science department. She works on technology development for the environmental sector on a project titled spatial and temporal analysis of marine mammal vocalizations using unmanned systems. Her main interests in research is related to survey technologies, anthropogenic effects over marine mammals, species interactions, and behaviour. Aniceto did her PhD project “Unmanned aerial vehicles for marine mammal surveys in arctic and sub-arctic regions”, at Akvaplan-niva, on the development and application of unmanned sampling technologies for marine environmental surveys and monitoring activities.

Kim Præbel is a professor at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science and leads the research group Genetics. The group focus on the genetics and molecular ecology of sub-Arctic and Arctic fishes and other vertebrates and invertebrates. It also has a strong focus on using environmental DNA (eDNA) to study interactions between aquaculture species and the environment and for studies of Arctic biodiversity. His research interests lie within the fields of evolution, molecular ecology and environmental genomics. The climate crisis and how it impacts our ecosystems is also a topic he studies from a conservation and ecological point of view.


2019 Abstracts


Keynote speakers:

Dr Richard Caddell is a Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University, from which he also gained his PhD, examining the international regulation of cetaceans. Richard’s primary research interests lie in the law of the sea and international environmental law, particularly marine mammal issues, fisheries governance, marine conservation and Polar law. He is the co-editor of Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans (Hart, 2019) and Shipping, Law and the Marine Environment in the Twentieth Century (Lawtext, 2013), and has published numerous legal articles on marine mammals, migratory species and Arctic regulation. He regularly advises national governments, inter-governmental bodies and NGOs on environmental and marine issues and is an academic member of Francis Taylor Building, the UK’s foremost Environment Law set of barristers.


Anniken Førde is an associate professor in Planning and Culture at the Department of Social Sciences, UiT. Her research focus on transformation of coastal communities and landscapes, and she has for many years worked on responsible tourism development. In the ongoing research project Whalefeast; Ecoligical, commercial and social challenges of the recent extreme winter arrivals of whales in Northern Norway, she is part of a team looking at strategies for securing responsible whale watching practices.


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