Bear ecology and behaviour
Spatial requirements and demographic characteristics of bear populations
Molecular genetics in bear conservation and management
Human-Bear Interactions and conflict management including problem bear management
Cons and pros of artificial feeding & impacts of other anthropogenic food sources on bears
Public outreach, communication, and community-based conservation of bears
Working with people to achieve bear conservation goals
Use of bears in ecotourism
Ex situ conservation
Bears and climate change
GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTERS
Oral presentation guidelines
Oral presentations should last no more than 10 minutes. Additional 5 minutes are planned for questions and change-over. Session chairs will be very strict with the time schedule. Presentation slides should be preferably in PowerPoint – if you need another software for your presentation you should contact us as soon as possible. All presentations should be in Windows/PC environment. Mac equipment will NOT be available. The file name of the presentation should adhere to the following standards: IBA_Ljubljana_Unique Identifier. For instance: IBA_Ljubljana_65. You will be notified about your presentation Unique Identifier. You must hand your presentation to the technical assistant at least 24 hours before your scheduled slot.
Speed talk guidelines
Speed talk should last no more than 7 minutes. Additional 3 minutes are planned for questions and change-over. Session chairs will be very strict with the time schedule. Presentation slides should be preferably in PowerPoint – if you need another software for your presentation you should contact us as soon as possible. All presentations should be in Windows/PC environment. Mac equipment will NOT be available. The file name of the presentation should adhere to the following standards: IBA_Ljubljana_Unique Identifier. For instance: IBA_Ljubljana_65. You will be notified about your presentation Unique Identifier. You must hand your presentation to the technical assistant at least 24 hours before your scheduled slot.
Poster presentation guidelines
- Maximum allowed width of the poster is 90 cm. Portrait (vertical) orientation is recommended.
- Important information should be readable from about 3 meters away
- Title should be short and draw interest
- Word count of about 300 to 800 words
- Text should be clear and to the point
- Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines makes it easy to read
- Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
- Acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation should be included
The main theme of the Ljubljana IBA conference is human-bear coexistence in human dominated and politically fragmented landscapes, therefore the topics of the workshop that are directly or indirectly related with this main theme.
Note that workshops are available only to the registered conference participants. You can register here for the conference.
Conference participants can register for up to two (out of four) workshops as they are organized in two parallel sessions.
Workshop session no. 1 – Monday, Sep. 17th 2018, 7:00 pm – 09:10 pm
1. Joining forces - how to make ex situ research more available and beneficial for in situ conservation of brown bears
The main goal of this workshop is to establish a closer connection between ex situ and in situ bear research communities. The specific goal is to establish an outline for a communication and collaboration structure for research on bears in captivity as well as to prepare a list of relevant research topics.
Keynote speakers: Lydia Kolter, Jose Kok, Andreas Zedrosser
Studies in captive brown bears have occasionally been carried out to answer questions relevant for conservation of wild populations. However, such research efforts have not been very common, partially because finding appropriate partners can be difficult and often rely on incidental relationships/acquaintance between the researcher(s) and zoo(s). The recently developed long-term management plan for brown bears kept in the range of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) aims at facilitating and intensifying research on captive brown bears for conservation. A systematic approach is necessary to identify relevant research topics in captive bears, identify appropriate institutions, streamline communication and information flow, and properly plan research projects. The EAZA studbook keeper will present an overview of the geographic distribution, as well as the numbers and age structure of the brown bear population in European institutions. Examples of successful (published) research projects carried out in captivity and some preliminary ideas on research topics will be provided to trigger input from the invited colleagues of the in situ and ex situ community. This brainstorming session will be followed by a discussion on possibilities, constraints and organizational pre-requisites necessary for ex situ research. The goals of this workshop are to prepare a list of relevant research topics as well as to propose a communication and collaboration structure. To guarantee efficiency, the group will have to be restricted to maximum 30 participants.
2. Developing guidelines for monitoring bears in the human-dominated and politically fragmented landscapes of Southeast Asia
Main objective: To further the development of guidelines for monitoring bears in Southeast Asia
Specific objectives: To review and discuss a proposed framework for monitoring guidelines; Discuss monitoring methods, requirements, strengths and weaknesses; Identify individuals interested in further input to monitoring guidelines.
Southeast Asia contains some of the highest density human populations on the planet. Sun bear (Helartcos malayanus) and Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) populations are declining throughout the region due to habitat loss and hunting. Remaining populations exists in increasing fragmented forest habitats surrounded by human dominated landscapes. Conservation of bears in Southeast Asia will require action at every level – from site-specific interventions, to national action planning and range-wide strategies. Baseline population assessments and subsequent monitoring of bear populations is essential for assessing the impact of threats and evaluating the success of conservation interventions. This workshop will build upon the results of a previous stakeholder consultation workshop which proposed a framework for monitoring guidelines which would be of use to field biologists, protected area managers, government and non-governmental organisations working in bear habitat throughout the Southeast Asia. The framework agreed upon will be in the form of a decision tree leading from survey objective, through resources required to achieve minimum and gold standards, through to survey method and data analysis. The framework will identify the most appropriate monitoring method based on the objectives and resources of individual stakeholders. In this follow-up workshop participants will be asked to provide feedback on the proposed framework, provide information on current methods used to survey bear populations worldwide and provide details on survey design, field methods, data analysis and reporting. The workshop participants will discuss which survey approaches are appropriate for each situation and which inter-survey intervals would allow a monitoring programme to detect changes in bear populations. The strengths and weaknesses of various monitoring methods will be discussed. The expected outcome of the workshop session will be to contribute to the production of guidelines for monitoring bear populations in Southeast Asia and to identify individuals interested in providing further input.
Workshop session no. 2 – Friday, Sep. 21st 2018, 3:50 pm – 5:50 pm
1. Bear personalities – Implications of among-individual behavioral variation and how to quantify them
Objectives of the workshop are to present and discuss:
– The concept of animal personalities in behavioural ecology
– Case studies why animal personalities can be important for wildlife research and management
– Introducing data sources that can be used for quantifying animal personalities in wildlife
– R-workshop on how to statistically quantify animal personalities
Repeatable among-individual variation in the behaviour of animals, better known as animal personality, is a well-established concept in behavioural ecology though it is often overlooked in more applied wildlife research and management. This workshop will communicate the theoretical concept of animal personality research and present examples from other wildlife species illustrating why we should consider animal personalities in research and management. Highlighted topics will include how repeatable among-individual variation in behavioural characteristics can lead to i) nuisance behaviour, conflicts, but also coexistence with humans, ii) adaptability to climate change, iii) population connectivity, iv) harvest selectivity. We will introduce study designs and data requirements to assess animal personalities and discuss which sources of data can be used to inform on animal personality differences. The workshop will conclude with an R session on how to quantify and interpret among-individual variation repeatability from mixed models. We are seeking an active participation and open dialogue with the workshop participants to exchange ideas and experiences with the goal to generate novel directions how to integrate bear personality assessment as a tool for bear research and management. We particularly encourage the participation of students at all stages.
2. Implementing robust and cost-effective genetic monitoring of brown bear population size
The main goal of the workshop is to discuss the state of the art in genetic monitoring of brown bear population size.
Specific goals are:
1) to discuss available laboratory and data analysis methods and their relative advantages/disadvantages,
2) to share ideas and experiences in study design and organization of fieldwork, and
3) discuss specific issues / ideas that participants have for similar studies they might be planning.
We will 4) summarize the conclusions in Recommendations for genetic monitoring of brown bear population size.
Keynote speakers: Tomaž Skrbinšek and Marta De Barba
Noninvasive genetic sampling paired with mark-recapture modelling has proven several times to be currently the best available method for estimating the size of bear populations in the wild. In recent years, huge strides in DNA sequencing techniques opened new and exciting opportunities also in the field of wildlife monitoring and noninvasive genetic sampling. Extensive development is also ongoing in the field of mark-recapture analysis, enabling increasingly robust data analysis. However, such studies remain difficult to implement in practice, and there are many pitfalls that a researcher should be aware of. The workshop will cover the state of the art in laboratory and data analysis methods, and look into the critical issues that need to be considered in study design and organization of fieldwork so that data/samples are collected in a manner that facilitates further analyses. We will also “dissect” a recent large-scale study of brown bears that used these methods, discuss study design and genotyping issues, and work through parts of the data analysis. We will wrap-up with a discussion on practical application for specific situations, where two or three participants that are considering such studies will be encouraged to present the specifics for discussion in a wider forum. The idea is to provide an understanding of the critical issues involved in such studies, and for researchers to share the ideas and experiences in a larger forum. The conclusions will be summarized in Recommendations for genetic monitoring of brown bear population size.
- Submission period opens: 1. 12. 2017
- Submission closes: 15.3. 2018
- EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 15.4.2018!
- Acceptance letter: 1. -15. 5. 2018
- Early registration deadline: 10. 7. 2018
- Conference dates: 16. 9. – 21. 9. 2018
Andrés OrdizAndrés Ordiz is a biologist born in Asturias, northern Spain. Since 1997, he has worked with large carnivores, mainly brown bears and wolves, in southern and northern Europe. He completed his PhD in Conservation Biology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of León (Spain), working with the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. Andrés’ has focused his work in the last decade on brown bear behavioural reactions to human activities and on inter-specific interactions between apex predators (bears and wolves). He hopes that scientifically-sound research will be the base for conservation-oriented management of large carnivores, both in areas where their populations are currently increasing and where they are still in the brink of extinction.
Djuro HuberSince 1981 Djuro Huber is conducting a brown bear study in Croatia, which in 1996 expanded to the “Study of large carnivores in Croatia” and included bear, wolf and lynx. In addition to radio-telemetry, many morphological, physiological, nutritional and genetic aspects are included in the research. So far he was conducting 18 different projects and published 165 scientific papers. He is member of all relevant national and international professional organizations like IUCN SSGs for Bears, Canids, and Veterinary Medicine, International Association for Bear Research and Management, Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe, Wildlife Disease Association. Djuro Huber is currently professor emeritus at Biology Department of the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb.
John LinnellJohn Linnell is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, based in Trondheim, Norway. His research focus adopts multiple disciplinary approaches to understand the complex relationships between humans and wildlife, with a special focus on large carnivores and large herbivores. He has worked on research and conservation projects in many parts of Europe, including Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the western Balkans, as well as south America (Brazil), and central (Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) and southern Asia (India and Myanmar). His research focus is currently moving from the study of human wildlife conflicts to the study of human wildlife coexistence, with a focus on exploring the ecological, institutional and social factors that allow wildlife and humans to share space in multi-use landscapes.
Tom S. SmithDr. Tom S. Smith began a career in bear biology in 1992 when hired as a research ecologist for Katmai National Park, Alaska. Research topics at the time included brown bear ecology, human-bear interactions and bear safety research. Working jointly with Dr. Stephen Herrero, Smith has co-authored papers on human-bear conflict including the efficacy of bear deterrents and histories of bear conflict in North America. In the early 2000s, as a USGS research scientist, Smith began work with polar bears, focusing on denning ecology and human-bear interactions on Alaska’s North Slope. Working closely with Polar Bears International, his studies of denned polar bears continues to present. Most recently, he has been studying sloth bear-human conflict in India with colleagues at India’s Wildlife SOS. Smith currently serves as a member of the Polar Bear Conflict Work Group and as a professor of wildlife at Brigham Young University, Utah.
Valeria SalvatoriWildlife conservation, applied research and management are the main interests of Valeria Salvatori. She has worked in international environments collaborating with foreign research institutes since 1992, gathering working experience in South America, Africa, Central and Western Europe. Spatial analyses of environmental processes, mainly wildlife management, policies and conflicts between wildlife and local communities are the subjects of her latest working activities. She has extensive experience in evaluating, elaborating and managing LIFE projects on large carnivores. She acted as project coordinator for the following LIFE projects: LIFE COEX, LIFE ARCTOS, LIFE IBRIWOLF, LIFE MEDWOLF and provided consultancy for LIFE WOLFALPS. Her current position at Istituto di Ecologia Applicata in Rome, Italy is project responsible for the service contract with the EU for establishing local stakeholder platforms for promoting coexistence with large carnivores.
Rachel HoffmannRachel is the Director of Conservation Outcomes with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). She has been working with the SSC for over 9 years, managing this unique and exceptional network (of approx. 7,000 volunteer experts) to reduce the loss of biodiversity on earth and prevent species extinctions. The extraordinary potential of the SSC to have a significant impact on species conservation at the global scale is often mooted, but has never been measured or evaluated. For example, would bear conservation be any different if the Bear Specialist Group had never been established? With these questions in mind, the SSC is now looking to better evaluate its effectiveness, not only to better celebrate successes but to create a more positive vision to drive our conservation efforts in the future.
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
- Title of the workshop
- Contact person of the group of organizers of workshop (including his/her email address and telephone number)
- Main and specific goals of the proposed workshop
- (Optionally) A list of the proposed keynote speaker(s), including name and affiliation
- Abstract of the workshop clearly describing the content
- Expected duration of the workshop (in minutes)
Please note that you will be able to edit your submission up until the deadline date (June 1st 2018). The deadline will not be extended. All proposals of the workshops will be evaluated by Congress Scientific Committee. Organizing Committee of IBA Conference will inform all organizers of workshops if their topics was selected or not by June 15th . SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!
Local organizing committee
- Chair person: Aleksandra Majić Skrbinšek, researcher at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Co-chair: Urška Marinko, researcher at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Co-chair: Rok Černe, project coordinator and senior advisor at Slovenia Forest Service
- Co-chair: Klemen Jerina, professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Ivan Kos, professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Franc Kljun, technician at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Hubert Potočnik, researcher at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Maja Jelenčič, researcher at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Tomaž Skrbinšek, assistant professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Irena Kavčič, researcher at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Miha Krofel, assistant professor at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Danijel Borkovič, technician at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
- Tomaž Berce, independent advisor at Slovenia Forest Service
- Matej Bartol, advisor at Slovenia Forest Service
- Matija Stergar, senior advisor at Slovenia Forest Service
- Marko Jonozovič: head of department at Slovenia Forest Service
Scientific programme committee
- Committee coordinator: Aleksandra Majić Skrbinšek, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Biology Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Alexandros A. Karamanlidis, ARCTUROS, Civil Society for the Protection and Management of Wildlife and the Natural Environment, Aetos, Greece & Rewilding Europe, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Anja Molinari Jobin, Italian Lynx Project, Tarvisio, Italy
- Claudio Groff, Servizio Foreste e Fauna – Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Italy
- Đuro Huber, Biology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Frank T. van Manen, U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, Bozeman, Montana, USA
- Ivan Kos, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Biology Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Georg Rauer, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
- Klemen Jerina, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Forestry Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Marta De Barba, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Univ. Savoie Mont Blanc, CNRS, LECA, 38000 Grenoble, France
- Martyn Obbard, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
- Miha Krofel, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Forestry Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Seth Wilson, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation – University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Jackson, WY, USA
- Slaven Reljić, Biology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Rok Černe, Slovenia Forest Service, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Tomaž Skrbinšek, University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Biology Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sunday, September 16, 2018 (Pre-conference day)
- IBA board meeting
- Evening welcome reception – Icebreaker
Monday, September 17, 2018
- Opening scientific sessions
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
- Scietific sessions
- Student’s Forum
- Public presentation in the evening
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Conference excursions
Thursday, September 20, 2018
- Scientific sessions
- Gala dinner event
Friday, September 21, 2018
- Scientific sessions
- Closing of the conference
ICEBREAKER – 16th September
The event will start at 6 p.m. on Sunday 16th September 2018
BEAR-FRIENDLY MARKET – 18th September
Market will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday 18th September 2018 in Grand Foyer of The Grand Hotel Union.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION – 18th September
Public presentation will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday 18th September 2018 in the Union Hall of the Grand Hotel Union.
GALA DINNER – 20th September
Cultural program of this event should remain a secret until the dinner…
The gala dinner event will start at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 20th September 2018 in the Union Hall of The Grand Hotel Union.
SILENT AUCTION – 20th September
So, as you are packing for the IBA conference please remember to bring an item for the Silent Auction. Items that are unique and/or locally made in your country/region are usually the most coveted items by bidders. Items tend to be bear-related but outdoor gear, services, and other items are also welcome.
Please do not bring bear parts and check to make sure item/contents is not banned from import/export (e.g. wood, rock, alcohol) before bringing them.
Also don’t forget to bring some money to bid on items to support the students
The Silent auction will be organized during Gala dinner on 20th September 2018 in the Union Hall of The Grand Hotel Union