21 September 2018 − two of our experts, Monika Petković and Marko Augustinović, participated in “Life with bears – 26th International Conference on Bear Research and Management” which took place from 16 to 21 September 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The main theme of the conference, which gathered over 250 bear researchers and bear managers, was human-bear coexistence in human dominated and politically fragmented landscapes. Presented were recent research results, technical advances, and case studies on a wide spectrum of issues relevant to ensuring a long-term coexistence of bears and humans. One of the sessions titled “What would have been without us?” – presented a number of positive results of bear and other species conservation efforts.
Monika and Marko also attended a meeting of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), who were one of the conference organizers. They discussed the future organizations of such conferences (in terms of quality and quantity) and how to raise sponsorship support.