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The XII International Symposium on “NEW CHALLENGES FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION OF BEAR AND WOLF POPULATIONS”, to be held in Zamora (Spain), is an event organized by three entities: University of León, Junta de Castilla y León and WAVES Spain.
It will be held between September 28th and October 1st, 2023 (see program).
We intend it to be a forum for discussion, learning and exchange of ideas among professionals and researchers in Biology, Environment, Veterinary, Engineering as well as all those interested in the wolf and the bear, emblematic species in practically the whole world.
With the preliminary program, we encourage you to participate in all these events by presenting oral communications or posters in relation to the scientific blocks that make it up. If you consider it convenient, you can spread it among your colleagues and collaborators so that the Symposium is a success, as we wish and are working for.
We are waiting for you in Zamora.
Here you can download the last updated version of the FINAL PROGRAM
The social program is available at the following link: Social Program (PDF)
This symposium brings together national and international figures of great relevance who will present papers (English or Spanish). Below is a brief summary of his curriculum, in order of intervention.
PhD. Ana Balseiro Morales. University of León (Spain)
PhD in Veterinary Medicine, specialized in pathology and epidemiology of infectious diseases shared between domestic animals and wildlife. She has 24 years of experience in research on this subject, having led several competitive international and national research projects, whose ultimate goal has been disease control using different strategies such as vaccination or biosecurity.
Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Animal Health at the University of León. Since 2001, she has been part of the wildlife health surveillance group of the Principality of Asturias, which has allowed her to carry out numerous necropsies on wild species, including the brown bear. In addition, she is a member of the International and European Association of Wildlife Diseases and the Spanish Society of Veterinary Pathology.
PhD. Madalena Vieira-Pinto. University of UTAD (Portugal)
Professor at the UTAD Department of Veterinary Sciences (Universidade de Trás-Os-Montes e Alto Douro) in the area of Meat Inspection. Scientific coordinator of training courses on game meat hygiene in Portugal. Vice-Director of the UTAD Research Centre for Animal and Veterinary Science. Responsible for the Trichinella analysis service at the UTAD Laboratory of Technology, Quality and Food Safety.
The main research is focused on zoonoses and zoonotic agents in the context of meat inspection of slaughtered animals for human consumption (mainly game, pigs and poultry), as well ason animal welfare.
Vice-President of WAVES-Portugal (Euro-Mediterranean Society for Wild Animal Surveillance).
Dra. Ana María Carvajal Urueña. University of León (Spain)
PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of León since 1995. Her main lines of research are related to swine infectious diseases: epidemiology, diagnosis and control of the main swine enteric infections; digestive microbiota: characterization of the intestinal microbiota of different animal species; design and evaluation of prebiotic, probiotic or symbiotic products or viruses such as coronavirus or rotavirus.
She is currently working as a lecturer at the Department of Animal Health at the University of León, having published more than 130 research articles, more than 15 directed theses and more than 3 books. She has been appointed as an external expert in a working group of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, http://www.efsa.europa.eu/) as well as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). She is co-founder of Aquilón CyL, a spin-off company of the University of León that aims to create sustainable alternative methods to improve animal productivity and disease control, reducing or even eliminating the use of antibiotics.
José Emilio Yanes García. Official Veterinary Services. Junta de Castilla y León (Spain)
Graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of León, he is Head of the Health and Production Section in the Territorial Service of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development of Zamora. He is also Associate Professor in the Animal Production Area at the Escuela Politécnica Superior de Zamora, University of Salamanca.
He has more than 20 years of experience managing wildlife health surveillance programs and more than 30 years in production animals.
Member of the Spanish Society of Animal Genetic Resources, he has presented more than 60 communications and papers at scientific congresses related to veterinary medicine, wildlife and history. He is also an author and has participated in more than fifteen books related to ethnography and animal ethnology, as well as published articles.
He has been a member of the Scientific committees of the international symposia that WAVES has organized since 1998.
Guillermo Palomero García. President of the Brown Bear Foundation (Spain)
Naturalist specialized in ecology work applied to the management of large vertebrates in the Cantabrian Mountains. In recent years, his research activity has focused to a large extent on the brown bear, the results being translated into numerous scientific and outreach books and publications, and unpublished technical reports produced for the central and regional administrations.
He is President of the Brown Bear Foundation since its creation. The Brown Bear Foundation is an NGO established in 1992 with the aim of contributing to the study and conservation of the brown bear in the Cantabrian mountain range as well as its habitat and its natural and cultural environment. The actions of the Brown Bear Foundation are carried out basically in the surroundings of the Cantabrian mountain range, where the last important native population of bears lives in Spain. The Foundation also collaborates in conservation initiatives for other endangered bear populations, such as the reintroduction of the bear in the Pyrenees, between the French and Spanish borders.
Mario Sáenz de Buruaga. Consulting Director of Natural Resources. Navarre (Spain)
Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of León. Director of the Natural Resources Consulting Company since its foundation 33 years ago, the leading company in Spain in environmental management and research. His trajectory in works of the Nature Network, management plans for endangered species, hunting and fish farming management and many others is proven in more than 300 projects.
With dozens of scientific and informative publications, he is also the author or co-author of a dozen books and has given numerous lectures at Congresses, Masters and Scientific Conferences. He is the scientific director of the wolf census in Castilla y León. On the other hand, his vocation to write has led to frequent collaborations in newspapers and magazines, and highlighting his celebrated book in the environmental sector: “Weaving the Web”.
PhD. José Castresana Villamor. Institute of Evolutionary Biology of the CSIC (Spain)
Member of the Biodiversity Group of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of the CSIC. Principal Investigator in numerous research projects in recent years.
The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) is a joint research center of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) founded in 2008. The research carried out by the IBE focuses on the study of processes and mechanisms for the generation and maintenance of biodiversity and its conservation. The IBE is the only research center in Spain dedicated entirely to evolutionary biology, and is a benchmark in this field in southern Europe.
Daniel Pinto Parada. Technician of the Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León (Spain)
Since 2009, he is the Coordinator of the Bear and Capercaillie Patrols of the Natural Heritage Foundation of the Junta de Castilla y León. Monitoring of species, censuses, genetics, population estimates and habitat study.
He has participated in the preparation, implementation and execution of plans for the capture and radiolabeling of brown bears, wolves and Cantabrian capercaillie. It has also been involved in the preparation, implementation and execution of actions aimed at reducing conflicts between humans and bears, such as damage prevention, actions with habituated and troubled bears, framed in the bear intervention protocol in the Cantabrian mountain range.
Gabriel de Pedro Aguilar. Technician of the Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León (Spain)
Veterinarian specializing in wildlife with 15 years of experience in various recovery centers in Castilla y León.
Since 2009, he has worked with cubs and adult bears in the wild that have required treatment, rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration into the natural environment, always using the least invasive techniques to avoid habituation of individuals.
In turn, he has participated in innumerable recovery activities for large carnivores, such as the Iberian wolf, and endangered species such as the European mink, capercaillie and large birds of prey.
He currently coordinates the network of wildlife centers of the Junta de Castilla y León and is the Technical Director of the Valsemana Capercaillie Breeding Center (León). He also directs the veterinary services in the marking campaigns of large carnivores in the autonomous community of Castilla y León.
Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente. Biologist and environmental disseminator (Spain)
Graduated in both Biological Sciences and Film Production from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. After college, she spent five years at National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC, interning and working in the TV Natural History department.
After the years in the US, in 2004, she created the Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Foundation, of which she was director for more than 15 years. Currently, she has focused her dissemination efforts on the challenge that climate change poses for humanity. She continues to be actively linked to conservation through her participation in various advisory committees and working groups, being part of the Rewilding Europe board of trustees.
PhD. Djuro Huber. University of Zagreb (Croatia)
PhD. Djuro Huber is a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Zagreb, specializing in ecology and parasitology of wildlife. Since 1981, he has carried out brown bear research and conservation projects in Croatia, studies that he expanded to include large carnivores (wolf and lynx).
He is a member of numerous national (Croatia) and international societies, including IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group (BSG Europe co-chair), IUCN/SSC Wolf Specialist Group, International Bear Association (Board member and Vice President), Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (Core Group member), and the Wildlife Disease Association.
PhD. Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca. University of Lisbon. (Portugal).
Graduate in Biology and PhD in Ecology and Systematics from the University of Lisbon. His main research areas are the ecology and conservation of the Iberian wolf, the ecology of the species being of special interest, especially the predator-prey relationship (domestic and wild); as well as the impact that communication routes have on the fragmentation of the habitat and the mortality of the species. He has also worked on wolf demography and population dynamics and used molecular genetics as a non-invasive method in studies of mammalian ecology.
He has conducted GIS analysis to assess habitat suitability (wolf/deer) and has also implemented conservation measures based on reviving old herd protection techniques from predators and researching new ones. The study of the relationship between man and the wolf; and the development of environmental education programs are also areas of interest to him.
PhD. Juan Carlos Blanco Gutiérrez. Brown Bear Foundation (Spain)
PhD in Biology, with 28 years of professional experience in Animal Ecology and Nature Conservation. He trained at the National Museum of Natural Sciences and at the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC). Since 1995 he has been an independent consultant collaborating with administrations, research centers and conservation organizations.
He has directed a national study on the wolf (Canis lupus) in which 18 professionals participated and has collaborated in several projects related to the inventory and conservation of the bear (Ursus arctos) in the Cantabrian Mountains and the lynx (Lynx pardinus) in Extremadura. Currently, he is coordinator of the National Strategy for the Conservation of the Wolf of the Ministry of the Environment and scientific manager of the Life Coex project that the European Union carries out with the Junta de Castilla y León. He has dedicated a large part of his professional life to the study and management of the wolf in Spain. He directed the first national census of the species in 1987 and 1988, promoted by ICONA, and also the census carried out in Castilla y León, in 2000 and 2001. He has advised the Council of Europe, the Union Union and the French Ministry of the Environment.
PhD. Luis Llaneza Rodríguez. Environmental consultant, Asesores de Recursos Naturales ARENA S.L. (Spain)
Doctor in Biology and expert researcher on Iberian wolves. He has been studying the wolf in Galicia for more than two decades. From his work team is the last census of the wolf in the community (years 2013 and 2014 and review of some areas in 2015), estimating that there are about 90 packs distributed almost throughout the territory, representing around 700-800 copies. Right now he is working on the investigation of wolf behavior patterns in highly humanized environments.
Parallel to his scientific work, Llaneza collaborates/participates in the O-Xan group, an initiative that has involved groups as diverse as hunters, ranchers, ecologists and researchers with a common purpose: to dialogue about the wolf to reduce the unrest.
David Cubero Bausela. Head of the Service of Natural Areas of Flora and Fauna of Castilla y León (Spain)
Technical Forest Engineer and Forestry Engineer from the University of Valladolid. In the first professional stages of him he worked in the private company in the forest exploitation sector. Between 2007 and May 2011, he worked in the Government of Aragon, joining the Regional Government of Castilla y León as a career civil servant in June of that year, in the Territorial Environmental Service of Valladolid.
In November 2017, he assumed the coordination of the Natural Spaces, Flora and Fauna Service in the General Directorate of Natural Heritage and Forest Policy.
Since January 2019, he has been the head of the Natural Spaces, Flora and Fauna Service. During this period, numerous lines of action have been implemented for the conservation of the brown bear, such as the start of the brown bear capture and radio-tagging plan in Castilla y León. This plan is the impetus for the realization of the population estimate through genomic techniques of the Cantabrian brown bear, application of aversive conditioning protocols and other types of actions.
Regarding the Iberian wolf, since 2022 it has been coordinating the regional census of the wolf in Castilla y León as well as the planning of the lines of work with the species in the Community of Castilla y León (regional radiolabeling plan, implementation of preventive measures and adaptation of the regulatory regime of compensatory payments for wolf damage in Castilla y León).
PhD. Vicente Matellán Olivera. Universidad de León (España)
Engineer (1993) and PhD in Computer Science (1998) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Professor at the University of León, Head of the Information Technology and Communications Service at the University of León (2008-2016) and Director of the Supercomputing Center Foundation of Castilla y León (FCSCL).
His lines of research focus on the generation of autonomous behavior for mobile robots. In particular, he has used ethological models for the design of control software for groups of robots. He is currently working on a project to develop quadruped robots for herding.
PhD. Leonardo Gentile. Official veterinarian of the national park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (Italy)
Leonardo Gentile, graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Perugia and specialized in “Infectious Diseases, Prophylaxis and Veterinary Police”, from the “Federico II” University of Naples. After graduating, his professional career has been focused on the health management of Italian wildlife, both in the wild and in captivity.
In the last 33 years, he has carried out the health management of wildlife in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. At present he is the Head of the Veterinary Service of said park.
He has participated in important research projects in the Apennines on the most important Italian wild species, such as the chamois, the brown bear (Marsican) and the wolf. He is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications.
PhD. Francisco Álvares. CIBIO Researcher (Portugal)
Biologist, with a PhD in Conservation Biology, he is currently a researcher at CIBIO/InBIO-BIOPOLIS, a research center at the University of Porto (Portugal).
For more than twenty years, he has conducted applied research on wolf-human interactions in the Iberian Peninsula, focusing on topics such as livestock predation, behavioral responses to human activities, and ethnobiology related to the beliefs and practices of local communities towards this carnivore.
He is a member of the “IWRT – Iberian Wolf Research Team” and of the “LCIE- Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe”, an IUCN Specialist Group.
Julien Steinmetz. Coordinator of the Large Predators Unit (Occitanie Region) of the OFB (France)
Conservation biologist who works for the French Biodiversity Agency OFB (Office Francais de la Biodiversité). The OFB is a new French public institution created in 2020, supervised by the ministers responsible for the environment and agriculture. It was created to protect and restore biodiversity.
He is responsible for the department of large predators in the Occitania region (south-west of France). The tasks that he basically carries out at present are coordinating the monitoring of wolves and the different actions aimed at managing wolves and bears in the Pyrenees and the southern part of the Massif Central.
José Ángel Arránz Sanz. General Director of Natural Heritage and Forest Policy of the Junta de Castilla y León (Spain)
Forest Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, in 1990, since 2019 he is General Director of Natural Heritage and Forest Policy of the Junta de Castilla y León.
He has more than 26 years of experience in managing the natural environment, the last 16 with positions of high responsibility, promoting regulations such as the Forest Law of Castilla y León, the Natural Heritage Law, the Fishing Law and Regulations of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León or the Mycology Decree.
He has also worked in the design of Community Protected Areas, promoting the declaration of more than 20 natural spaces, being responsible for aspects related to forestation, hunting or the mobilization of natural resources; among other essential tasks.
Jesús Palacios Alberti. Director of the Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente Iberian Wolf Center in Castilla y León (Spain)
Forest Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Superior Technician of the Junta de Castilla y León, where he holds the position of Head of the Section of Natural Spaces and Protected Species of Zamora. He has been Technical Director of the Sierra de la Culebra National Hunting Reserve between 1984 and 1994 and of the Villafáfila Lagoons Reserve (1986-1994). He is the author / co-author of various books on themes related to wildlife in the surroundings of Lake Sanabria and the Villafáfila Lagoons.
From 1994 to the present, he has held the position of Director-Conservator of the Sanabria Lake Natural Park and surroundings. He is a founding member of the WAVES organization, where he currently holds a leadership position.
María José Rodríguez Ferrero. Castilla y León Natural Heritage Foundation (Spain)
Agricultural engineer. Manager of the ADISAC Local Action Group 2000-2004. Specialist in Management and Conservation of the Iberian Wolf from the University of León and the Junta de Castilla y León. Active Tourism and Free Time Monitor.
Currently, and for more than 15 years, she has been working as a Technician in charge of the Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León, carrying out coordination tasks at the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and in the Sanabria Lake “Casas de los Parques”, Arribes del Duero and Villafáfila Lagoons Natural Park, as well as the Villaralbo Wild Animal Reception Center (Zamora).
Technical management and veterinary assistance team of the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León.
It is currently made up of 4 professionals: Carlos Sanz García (Biologist), Silvia Martín Ferrero (Veterinary), Tomás Yanes Martínez (Environmental Consultant) and Esther Marqués Valdez (Environmentalist).
All of them have extensive experience in handling, management and veterinary control of the Iberian Wolf, not only in specimens that live in semi-captivity conditions, but also in wolves in the wild.
This multidisciplinary team has participated in numerous courses, conferences, seminars, congresses related to the Iberian Wolf, giving lectures, and practical sessions with wolves.
In addition to the plenary conferences, oral and poster communications may be presented (paper and interactive support).
Given the theme of the symposium (wolf and bear), the aspects that will be discussed include:
For both the Seminar and the Symposium, the rules for submitting papers are the same. Papers and posters will be sent that must take into account the following:
The papers that are submitted will be prepared according to the following format (the format template meets all the necessary requirements):
Papers submitted in poster format will be prepared according to the following format:
Certificates of attendance
Certificates of attendance will be delivered upon prior request (during the symposium registration process, the corresponding option may be marked). They will be delivered during the days of the aforementioned symposium.
The fees are the following:
Note: The seminar is an optional and free activity for all those registered for the Symposium. In the event that you only wish to attend this seminar and not the rest of the Symposium, the registration price is the one that appears in the previous lists.
The capacity of the assembly hall defines the end of the registration period, for which the order of registration will be taken into account.
For submitted contributions to be accepted, at least one of the authors must pay the standard registration fee and attend the event.
The rates indicated for accompanying persons give the right to the welcome reception and the social program only.
Forms of payment
You must make a SINGLE DEPOSIT (TRANSFER ONLY) in the account that will be indicated after completing the registration process.
As soon as the bank transfer has taken place, you should be aware of the emails that are sent to you.
The Symposium will take place in the city of Zamora. Zamora is a Spanish city located between the center and the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, near the border with Portugal and at an altitude of 652 meters above sea level.
The venue place is the following:
There will also be an OPTIONAL technical visit to the Sierra de la Culebra and the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente (Robledo). This center, managed by the Junta de Castilla y León, is located very close to Puebla de Sanabria and is perfectly communicated by road. Location data and the Center’s website are provided for more information on access to the place:
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With an approximate area of 70,000 hectares, this reserve includes the regions of Carballeda, Aliste, Sanabria, Tábara and Alba. It has a peculiar orography of not very high mountains with meandering shapes that look like a snake and surely this is the reason that gives its name to this Sierra del Noroeste de Zamora. Its highest mountains are Peña Mira (1,241 m.), Miño Cuevo (1,207 m.) and Peña Castillo (1,185 m.).
Thanks to the support of various institutions and companies, it is being possible to carry out the organization of this symposium.