Societies & Conferences

The Save Our Seas Foundation is supporting and promoting meetings of scientists, conservationists, educators and the public to share and collaborate on information and conservation strategies. We are supporting the main regional and international conferences with student travel grants, specific workshop sponsorships, and keynote speaker travel support.We encourage you to become active members of these regional organisations.

Regional societies

American Elasmobranch Society (AES)

The American Elasmobranch Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the scientific study of living and fossil sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, and the promotion of education, conservation, and wise utilization of natural resources.

European Elasmobranch Association (EEA)

The EEA is not a public membership body, but an association of national organisations within Europe and the North-east Atlantic, some of these are scientific bodies, others are public membership organisations. EEA member bodies take turns to host the annual scientific meeting.

Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Inc. (OCS)

The Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Inc. (OCS) was founded in 2005 and is a joint venture between Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands to promote and facilitate education, conservation and scientific study of chondrichthyan fish

Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium (SASRS)

The Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium is a biennial meeting of the academic community of Southern Africa who are currently conducting research on these taxa.

Sharks International (SI)



There are quite a few other national and regional elasmobranch societies. Take a look at the links and logos here on the Shark References website.

Some future events


Oceania Chondrichyan Society (OCS) Meeting, 3-5 July 2019, dunedin, New Zealand.

American Elasmobranch Society Conference (AES), 24-28 July 2019, Snowbird, USA.

5th International Whale Shark Conference (IWSC5), 28-31 May 2019, Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, Australia.

Southern African Shark & Ray Symposium (SASRS), 7-9 October 2019, Cape Town, South Africa.

European Elasmobranch Association Meeting (EEA), 16-18 October 2019, Rende, Italy.