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2020 Ropeless Consortium Annual Meeting

Virtual Event - October 26, 2020

Abstract Booklet and Agenda

Virtual Meeting
The 2020 Ropeless Annual Meeting will be a one day virtual event.

As has been the case for in person meetings, the 2020 agenda will be organized by topic sessions. All presentations will be recorded and uploaded in advance of the meeting.

All registered participants will have a unique login to the meeting site which will for access to view all of the pre-recorded presentations. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit questions/comments in advance of the meeting. 

The live meeting will consist of Q&A sessions with presenters in each of the topic sessions. All presenters from each session will be live and on screen to take questions that were submitted in advance of the meeting, as well as those submitted live via chat module. Each Q&A session will be moderated by the Ropeless Consortium Board Chair.

At the end of the meeting day, there will be back to back 45 minute breakout sessions that will provide registered attendees the opportunity to meet in small groups, live with others participants, to discuss emerging topics, research plans, host a media briefing, and/or just to socialize.

The registration fee for the meeting that will allow for participation in all sessions for the day. Registration closes at 5pm EDT on October 19th. 

The meeting is closed to members of the press. 

Code of Conduct
The Ropeless Consortium is dedicated to providing a positive and productive conference experience for all attendees. To that end, we expect meeting attendees to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Videotaping, audiotaping, and photography of and during the Ropeless Consortium Annual Meeting are prohibited.


Registration fee: $40 (non-refundable)

Registration closes at 5pm EDT on October 19th, 2020

Register for the meeting HERE.

Abstract Submission

The Ropeless Board is currently accepting abstracts for oral presentations at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Please be sure to read important information for presenters HERE before submitting an abstract for this year's meeting.

Participants wishing to present at the 2020 Annual Meeting must submit an abstract for review no later than September 21st, 2020.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be submitted online HERE.

Press Policy

The Ropeless Consortium meeting is closed to members of the media. While we respect and appreciate the importance of media on right whale issues, many of the presentations are of works in progress that are being shared in confidence among colleagues. It would be detrimental to the study, the researchers, and the whales if the results of work in progress appeared in the media prior to their publication in a scientific journal. The meeting represents a forum for free exchange of information and ideas between fishermen and associations, scientists and conservationists from academia, governments and NGOs. If there were media present, this open discussion would not be possible for some participants. We are willing to provide contact information of experts in the field to the media for direct contact outside the context of this meeting. We appreciate your understanding.