The Student Members-at-large of the Society for Marine Mammology (SMM) and the Student Representatives of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) have been working hard to make the WMMC2019 in Barcelona a fun and productive conference for students! We want you to have a positive and educational conference experience.

In addition to awarding in travel grants to help get students to Barcelona, both committees are planning on several other activities to enrich the student experience including a student night event (Tuesday, December 10th), student booth for meet ups, student workshops and marine mammal mentor event. More information will be posted about these events in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Student Funding

If you are a student, chances are you are on a tight budget and looking for support to be able to attend WMMC2019. Here are some suggestions to help you get where you want to go:

Student Travel Grants

Student travel grants are awarded by the SMM Student Affairs Committee and the ECS Student Representatives by a random lottery system to students who are presenting at the conference. Please note that we try to allocate as many student travel grants as possible given our budget, and often the amount we are able to award is not enough to cover all of the expenses associated with the conference so you should apply for multiple sources of funding.

To apply for a student travel grant for the 2019 conference, you will need to tick the “I am a student” box during the online abstract submission process. By clicking this box, you are indicating that you want to apply for a student travel grant. In order to do this, you will need the following:

  1. Submit an abstract for a presentation of any format (e.g. oral, poster, speedtalk).
  2. Be a student at the time you submit your abstract. Verification will be required during the submission process. 
  3. Indicate which level of student you are (e.g. undergraduate or graduate).
  4. Provide your supervisors name and email.

Please, be aware that there is limited funding for students. Therefore, if you do not need funding and/or you will be funded by your own institution, please do not apply in order to give other students the opportunity to have access to the grants.

Please Note: Student travel grant recipients are required to register for and participate fully in the conference.


Volunteering at WMMC2019 is a great way to meet new people and contribute to the conference while offsetting the cost of conference registration. Volunteers are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on volunteering at WMMC2019, please contact our volunteer coordinator Alba Tojeiro at

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a PhD student – can I register as a student?

Yes! Get a letter from your supervisor and upload it when you submit your abstract. Click here for a sample letter.

I am a PostDoc – can I register as a student?

If you were a PhD student in the last year, then yes, you can register as a student. Otherwise, no you cannot, so we suggest you register during early bird registration (September 4, 2019) and as a member of the SMM/ ECS for a discounted rate.

Can I get a grant to present my work as a poster presentation, or does it have to be in an oral presentation?

You can get a student travel grant (see above) to present at the WMMC2019 in any of the accepted formats – oral, poster or speed talk presentation.

When will you announce the results of the grant awards? I can only attend the conference if I get funding.

1. We will do our best to let all students with ACCEPTED abstracts know that they have been awarded a travel grant within a week of their abstract acceptance notification. (We find out about accepted abstracts when you do!)

2. Then we randomly assign travel grants to students who are presenting and will notify those awarded by email. We will try to do this within the first week of June, and we will set a deadline for students awarded a student travel grant to quickly confirm whether or not they accept the award.

3. Students who do not confirm their award or register by the early bird deadline (September 4, 2019) will have their award reallocated to someone else (by the same lottery system described above).

4. There may be additional rounds of travel awards after the first week of June, so if you don’t hear from us – stay tuned!

Also, the student travel grant will contribute to the cost of attending the conference, but is not likely to cover the entire cost so you should apply for multiple sources of funding that may be available through your university or from your supervisor.

When do I have to register for the conference?

It is most affordable to register by the early bird registration. If you have been notified that you have a student travel grant, you must register by the early bird deadline (September 4, 2019) or your travel award will be reallocated to someone else.

I’ve recently graduated. Can I still submit an abstract / register as a ‘student’?

If you are no longer a student, but graduated in the last year or are planning on presenting work at the conference that you conducted as a student, and you graduated less than one year ago, then you can still register as a student! You will also be considered for student awards.

Note: A letter from your professor/institute verifying that you were an enrolled student in the last year and that you completed the work you will be presenting as a student will be required.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Members-at-Large (SMM) and/or Student Representatives (ECS).