The 10th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference was a highly successful event, being attended by 148 participants from 25 countries. Held in the enchanting city of Tallinn, Estonia the week of 5-9 October 2009, the scientific programme took place from 6-8 October, with optional side events being organised on Monday, 5 October and Friday, 9 October.
The Conference theme was Science, Planning and Cooperation to Minimise the Effects of Oil on Wildlife. Over the three day conference, 56 presentations were made by representatives of a variety of organisations, exploring the different session themes of planning, post release, case histories, training & volunteers, industry, veterinary, effects & chronic oiling, prevention & rescue and rehabilitation methods. Three round table or Q&A sessions were also held providing an open forum for discussing specialised topics. Short courses and practical laboratory/field sessions organised on Monday, 5 and Friday, 9 October allowed delegates to gain hands-on training in specific oiled wildlife response subjects from experienced trainers. See the Programme page for more information.
The Conference was kindly sponsored by the Port of Tallinn, ExxonMobil, BP Shipping, KIK, Fastank, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel.
Sea Alarm, Oil Spill Response and the Estonian Fund for Nature hosted the conference, in close cooperation with International Bird Rescue Research Center and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.
A significant number of the EOW 2009 delegates were from European organisations, allowing for a valuable exchange of experience and knowledge and opportunity to network with colleagues from further afield. EOW is an essential conference for anyone working in fields relating to oil pollution and its effects on wildlife. The most recent EOW conference was held in Alaska in May 2015 and organised jointly by International Bird Rescue and Aiuka. Visit the 2015 EOW site here.