21st Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

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The 21st Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, more than 1,400 wildlife professionals and students are packing their bags for a robust learning, networking and engaging experience!

Attendees will notice a number of improvements at this year’s conference, including wireless access in the convention center for up to 500 concurrent users.  Between sessions, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the Allegheny River and the city of Pittsburgh through floor to ceiling windows on the 2nd Floor Concourse while strolling through our new Member Activities Center. In the Center you’ll find our exhibitors, poster sessions, the TWS store, the Internet Cafe, message boards, a lounge and our refreshment breaks stations. Additionally, you’ll be able to view “Ding” Darling artifacts and memorabilia that has never been displayed anywhere else in the world!

On the third floor river side, directly above the 2nd Floor Concourse, attendees will find rooms for educational sessions and receptions before walking the connecting hallway to the city side of the building. Over there, they’ll find the Gallery, home of this year’s photo contest with a significantly upgraded presentation of the works of wildlife photographers so that our members and judges can select their favorites. In that same area, in addition to more educational session and reception rooms, attendees will be able to access the main ballroom where the Awards Dinner, Plenary, General Session, Quiz Bowl, and Annual Members Meeting will be held.

New to this year’s conference on Tuesday is Ignite! TWS, and it is shaping up to be a major event that could become a standard offering at future conferences. Speakers are given just five minutes to talk on a wide variety of topics, including tales from the field, as well as unique and controversial perspectives. But what makes these talks even more interesting is that each presentation includes 20 slides–that auto-advance every 15 seconds–to ensure a fast-paced and focused talk that is fun, memorable and sure to stimulate more conversation.

Also in the lineup are four great films during our daily Brown Bag Film Festival. So bring your lunch and enjoy wildlife videos that will inspire you before heading into the afternoon sessions of compelling educational sessions.

It’s not to late to join us! Visit our conference website through this link for more information. You can register on site for a day, two days, or for the entire conference.  We hope to see you there!