Developing research and higher education on animal biodiversity and wildlife conservation in the Caribbean

4th Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Conference

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4th Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Conference

Registration & Call for abstracts
for the 4th Caribaea Initiative Research and Conservation Conference (CIRCC 2019), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,
May 15 – 17, 2019 are now open.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Av George Washington 218, Santo Domingo

About Caribaea Initiative

Caribaea Initiative is a non-profit association whose mission is to develop research and higher education on animal biodiversity and wildlife management, in the insular Caribbean, in order to increase local expertise and scientific excellence. The association also aims at fostering scientific transnational cooperation between Caribbean and foreign research institutes.

To learn more about Caribaea Initiative, please go to:


About the 2019 Conference

The conference is intended to be a forum for discussing research on animal biodiversity and wildlife management in the insular Caribbean region. It represents a unique opportunity to bring together researchers and conservationists from various horizons. The program will include plenary talks by invited speakers, thematic and general sessions on the study and conservation of the Caribbean fauna plus two special symposia:

  • Caribbean Biological Corridor Initiative
  • Enhancing coastal resilience through ecosystem restoration

Mini-symposium on “Enhancing coastal resilience through ecosystem restoration”:

2017 hurricane season was the worst on record for the Caribbean, and climate change models predict that the intensity and frequency of tropical storms will increase. This and the effects of climate-driven sea level rise are not modelled events predicted to occur sometime in the future- they are happening now and are already having a huge impact on both our economies and biodiversity. While increasing the resilience of infrastructure and economies to the effects of climate change is forefront in decisions makers minds, the benefits of healthy coastal ecosystems in terms of improving the resilience of our islands is often overlooked. Local coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves have the potential to reduce climate change impacts, but these ecosystems are often undervalued. In particular, the importance of biodiversity for both the maintenance of ecosystem services and the recovery of communities to perturbations deserves further attention. This symposium will bring together researchers, conservationists and natural resource managers to share and discuss ideas and methods that build coastal resiliency and raise public awareness of the importance of our coastal ecosystems. We also welcome abstracts that focus on the resiliency of coastal ecosystems to the recent influx of sargassum and methods that have been implemented to effectively lessen its negative effects.
For more information on this symposium, please contact Dr Louise Soanes <Louise Soanes <Louise.Soanes(at)>.

This fourth edition is co-organized with The School of Biology – UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo), and will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Av George Washington 218, Santo Domingo (



The Conference will take place from May 15th to 17th, 2019, with an optional “Walking Tour Of The Old City Of Santo Domingo” on May 18th (at own expense, 20USD/person, pre-registration closed).

The FINAL PROGRAM and the BOOK OF ABSTRACTS are now available in PDF form.

The social program will include a cocktail dinner party on May 17th (included in the conference registration fee / pre-registration closed).

Further information on the program will be communicated through our Facebook page and on our website in the coming weeks.



We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:
– Dr. Luz Margarita Figueredo Cardona, Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad, Cuba
“Shared ecosystems: a form of connectivity in the Caribbean”

– Prof. Ingo Schlupp, The University of Oklahoma, USA
“Freshwater fishes and water resources of the larger Caribbean Islands: problems and prospects”

– Dr. Janine Seetahal, Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
“The role of bat movement in viral translocation within the Caribbean”



Regular registration:
Standard: €300
Students*: €180

*To register as a student you must be a full time under or post-graduate student. Proof will be required, this can be a scan of your student identification card or a letter from your university which can be emailed to us at contact(at)

The conference registration fees include:

  • A conference kit (including printed program & pdf doc with abstracts)
  • Access to all conference sessions – 3 days
  • Coffee breaks and Lunches (Wednesday through Friday)
  • One admission to the banquet on Friday evening
  • 1-year regular membership (Caribaea Initiative Member for 2019)

Waiver application

A limited number of conference fee waivers (50% discount on registration rate) will be available to selected scholars and students from Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Participants will need to meet all their own travel, visa (if any), accommodation and subsistence costs. Requests for waivers must be sent before 15 March 2019. Decisions will be communicated by 10 April 2019; in case of negative response, the early-registration fee applies. Application form can be downloaded from the link below.
>> Download the application form for a conference fee waiver.


Sponsorship opportunities

The Caribaea Initiative Research & Conservation Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. A large portion of the conference costs are paid from sponsorships so that we can keep registration fees affordable and provide free registration to students and scholars form low-income countries.

Many sponsorship opportunities come with additional exclusive benefits and recognition opportunities, some of which are listed below. For more details on how sponsors will be recognized contact us at contact(at)

All CIRCC Sponsors (minimum contribution: 3000 US $) will receive the following benefits:

  • Sponsor recognition on the Caribaea Initiative website
  • Sponsor recognition on CIRCC Sponsor slide show during walk-in and walk-out of the Opening and Closing Sessions
  • Sponsor recognition in the conference’s Program & Abstracts Book
  • Social media promotion through Caribaea Initiative social media channels
  • One free registration to the meeting (including admission to the banquet), plus 20% discount on additional registrations.

Sponsors at the 10,000 US $ level or higher will receive:

  • Sponsor recognition on the Caribaea Initiative website
  • Sponsor recognition on CIRCC Sponsor slide show during walk-in and walk-out of the Opening and Closing Sessions
  • ¼ page presentation in the conference’s Program & Abstracts Book
  • VIP table at banquet reception + 10-min. speech
  • Social media promotion through Caribaea Initiative social media channels
  • Two free registrations to the meeting (including admission to the banquet), plus 40% discount on additional registrations.
  • Verbal recognition from the podium at the Opening Session and Closing Session
  • Sponsor recognition on the main CIRCC conference Sponsor banner at the entrance of the conference



CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL in Santo Domingo (where the conference will take place) offers confortable accommodation (single or double rooms at a negotiated price until one month prior the event and depending on availability)

Crowne Plaza, Av George Washington 218, Santo Domingo
Phone: +1 809-221-0000 or email

Hotel reservation: Please fill in the attached booking form according to your needs and send it to the hotel directly.


For more information please visit the website of the Tourist Office of Santo Domingo:
Caseta De Informacion Ministerio De Turismo – Calle El Conde, Santo Domingo
Phone: +1 809-221-4660

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in Santo Domingo.

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