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Conference Committee

Photo Credit: Emilie Bouchard snow bunting Plectrophenax nivalis


Conference Committee

This is a standing committee of the WDA as specified in the appendix to the Bylaws.


To create and coordinate effective means for engaging all our members in scientific knowledge sharing.


Sonia Hernandez, Chair, Vice President vice.president@wildlifedisease.org

Perigrine Wolff, Executive Manager, Exec.manager@wildlifedisease.org

Jonathan Sleeman, Local Host, jsleeman@usgs.gov

Mainity Batista Linhares, Student member, m.batistalinhares@uq.edu.au

Marie Moinet, member, Marie.Moinet@agresearch.co.nz



- To secure appropriate sites and dates for annual conferences and present these to Council for approval

- To attempt to equitably distribute conference sites based on membership distribution and conference site distribution history

- To recommend to Council the appointment of a Local Organizing Committee chair

- To support the Local Organizing Committee in the preparation of a provisional conference budget at least 6 months in advance of the Conference, and a close-out budget within 6 months following the conference

- To facilitate the preparation of contractual arrangements for signing by the WDA Executive Manager

- To ensure event liability insurance is in place for the conference

- To provide recommendations to the Local Organizing Committee on virtual and physical accessibility features for the Annual International Conference

- To organize the Annual Auction at the Annual International Conference

- To develop and conduct knowledge-sharing forums outside of the Annual International Conference, including for example webinars, under the direction of the WDA Officers, Executive Manager or Council

-- To work closely with other committees to achieve the above


- To develop recommendations relating to knowledge-sharing events, including the Annual International Conference for Council

- Arrange or endorse event liability insurance up to US $3000

- Direct the Local Organizing Committee in the preparation of a provisional and close-out budget for the Annual International Conference

- Organize and conduct the Annual Auction

- Conduct webinars and other knowledge-sharing forums as directed by the Officers, Executive Manager or Council