12th Circular, 31 July 2019


 Welcome to this 12th Circular for the 10th International Penguin Conference being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 24 – 28 August 2019.

This circular has the information about downloading the conference app as well as being full of reminders with the conference is only 3 weeks away. We trust you have all your accommodation plans in place and we look forward to welcoming you to Dunedin | Ōtepoti. And remember, if you are on the Milford Sound trip, you need to book your own accommodation in Te Anau for Thursday night.


The Conference programme, abstracts, maps, and all other relevant information that you need to know is available on a downloadable application.

On Thursday 1st August you will receive an invitation to download the app from Guidebook. This will be sent to the email address that you used to register your attendance at the conference. You MUST use this email to download the app.

Any questions about the app please email one of our team at ipc.app2019@gmail.com

Please download this app before arriving at the conference.

Please remember we are not providing printed copies of the programme or abstracts. In your welcome pack will be a USB pre-loaded with the conference programme and abstracts, which you are welcome to print off at your own cost. There will also be the link to the conference website which will be updated as required throughout the conference.


Below are some key times and locations for the conference:

Yellow-eyed penguin. Image © Craig McKenzie, NZ Birds Online

Yellow-eyed penguin. Image © Craig McKenzie, NZ Birds Online

Date Times What Venue
Friday, 23 August 3 – 5:45pm Registration Desk open St David Complex*
  6 – 8pm Icebreaker** Otago Business School^
Saturday, 24 August 8am – 9am Registration Desk open St David Complex
Daily 9am Conference starts St David Complex

* St David Complex, St David St, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016
** You need to have registered and picked up your conference pack to attend the Icebreaker, as your pack contains your drink vouchers
^ Otago Business School, 60 Clyde Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016

FIELD TRIPS - NEW: Pelagic Seabird trip  

Come along for a boat trip to look for pelagic seabirds. Dunedin is a seabird capital with 11 species still breeding close to the city and 19 species frequenting shoreline waters. In all, nearly 40% of New Zealand's seabirds use the waters off Otago. We will charter a boat to look for seabirds off the Otago Coast.

Cost will be a share of the boat charter, price to be confirmed (but likely to be between $140 - $180).

Possible dates include Friday 23rd August 8am – 1pm), Thursday 29th August (8am – 1pm), or evening penguin rafting on Wednesday 28th August (4pm – 9pm).
Numbers are limited, bookings essential. Trip is weather dependent.

For more information contact Graeme Loh: gloh@earthlight.co.nz

Reminders that places are still available for the following events:

  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony: Monday 26 August

  • Conference dinner at Larnach Castle: Tuesday 27 August

  • Milford Sound: 8am Thursday 29 –3pm Friday 30 August


The Local Organising Committee has been delighted with the extensive list of sponsors of this event. These donations support the delivery of this event, keynote speakers travel and accommodation, travel grants, grants to Otago students, assist with the conference dinner and icebreaker, field trips and the conference bag and its goodies.

We sincerely thank all those below who have helped make this event happen:

  • Principal Sponsor: University of Otago

  • Founding Sponsors: Blue Penguins Pukekura; Department of Conservation; Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony; Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust

  • Platinum Sponsors: Global Penguin Society; Otago Community Trust

  • Gold Sponsors: NHNZ; Philip Island Nature Park; Scenic Hotels Dunedin City; Southern Clams Ltd

  • Silver Sponsors: Detroit Zoological Society; Elm Wildlife Tours; International Antarctic Centre; NZ Oil & Gas; Association of Zoos and Aquaria Penguin Taxon Advisory Group; Pohatu Penguin; Penguin Fund of Japan

  • Bronze Sponsors: Forsyth Barr; Penguin Corner UK; Mainland Brand of Fonterra Brands NZ Ltd; Larnach Castle

  • Other Supporters: Amisfield; Emmerson’s Brewery; Downie Stewart; Southern Discoveries; Tourism Association of New Zealand; Otago University Bookshop

Thank you and see you in Dunedin soon!


Local organising committee:

   Lloyd S Davis, Phil Seddon, Yolanda van Heezik (University of Otago)
   Thomas Mattern (University of Otago/Global Penguin Society)
   Bruce McKinlay (Department of Conservation)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Philippa Agnew (Oamaru Penguin Colony)
   Hoani Langsbury (Pukekura Trust)

International Scientific Committee:

   Peter Barham (University of Bristol)
   Dee Boersma (University of Washington)
   Pablo Garcia Borboroglu (Global Penguin Society, CONICET)
   Lloyd Davis (University of Otago)
   Sue Murray (Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust)
   Phil Trathan (British Antarctic Survey)
   Heather Urquhart (New England Aquarium)
   Lauren Waller (Leiden Conservation Fellow, SANCCOB)