£50 – £105

PSGB Spring Conference 2019

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Primate Health, Captive Care and Conservation

The conservation of primates whether in-situ or ex-situ is of utmost importance to ensure their long-term survival. Disease and illness threatens all primates, captive or wild, thus research into primate health is important to facilitate the survival of these species. For primates in captivity, we have a duty to provide them with the best care possible and ensure their welfare needs are met.

This meeting has a broad theme which aims to unite primatologists from a variety of fields to share research and good practice for primate conservation purposes.

The meeting will be one and a half days in duration; a half day on Monday 8th April from 12.30pm (plus an evening reception) and a full day on Tuesday 9th April 9.30am to 4.45pm.

Invited speakers include:

  • Professor Sarah Wolfensohn, University of Surrey

  • Tony King, Aspinall Foundation

  • Professor John E Cooper, Wildlife Health, Forensic and Comparative Pathology Services (UK)

Registration information

Early bird registration deadline: Friday 1st March 2019

From Saturday 2nd March 2019, standard registration costs apply.

The cost of registration includes access to Powell-Cotton Museum and grounds for both days. Tea/coffee breaks, a cold buffet in the evening of the 8th and lunch on the 9th.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Call for presentations, speed presentations and posters

Calling all students, postdocs, members and trainee allied primate care professionals. We would like to remind that you that the deadline for abstract poster and oral submissions for the Spring conference is fast approaching. This is an excellent opportunity for you to present your work. Your work does not have to be a completed project. We welcome the submission of preliminary findings or even proposed project plans.

The PSGB has a reputation of being a small and very friendly society so please do not feel shy about presenting your work. You have nothing to lose and only valuable experience to gain. We will also be giving out prizes for the best poster and oral presentation. (Presenting and/or winning prizes at a national conference, whether as a poster or orally, looks great on your CV!).

The Spring meeting has a health and captive care theme. However, primate conservation is also included. This means that your research/ideas are more than likely to fit one of these categories perfectly. This theme has been deliberately chosen to allow as many students/trainees/members from allied disciplines as possible to present.

This is your conference and we would love to see what you are up to.

You are invited to submit abstracts for a 15 minute oral presentation, a 5 minute oral speed presentation or a poster presentation. These should be relevant to the broad meeting theme. The spring conference has been purposely designed to include a very broad theme of primate health, captive care and conservation to facilitate as many presenters as possible, specifically students.

Abstracts should be submitted using the abstract submission template word document - this can be found on the PSGB website. When you submit your abstract, the form will ask you to confirm that you have registered for the conference via Eventbrite. You will be unable to present if you do not register. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 15th February 2019. Applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted by Friday 1st March 2019.

Accepted presentation guidelines

Oral presentations should be 15 minutes in total with 5 minutes allowed for questions. Please use Microsoft Powerpoint to create your presentation.

Accepted speed presentation guidelines

Speed presentations will take the format of “five slides, in five minutes”. Timing will be strict, so that we can accommodate as many presentations as possible. Please use Microsoft Powerpoint to create your presentation.

Accepted poster guidelines

Posters should be in A1 portrait format.

Delegate information

The finalised programme will be available on the PSGB website in due course.

The Venue

The meeting will held at the Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, Kent. The museum has an internationally significant collection of natural history and ethnography, an extensive collection of ceramics, fine art, archaeology, firearms, and a comprehensive archive, all of which are available for research. The primate collection is world renowned and consists of almost 2000 specimens.

For more information about the venue, galleries, collections and gardens as well as maps and other useful information. Please see the link below;


The Powell-Cotton Museum

Quex Park

Park Lane

Birchington, Kent



Accommodation and transport

Birchington is a relatively small village four miles west of Margate. However, there are plenty of accommodation options nearby and in surrounding areas. Please bear this in mind and book your accommodation early. Approximately two miles from the venue is a Holiday Inn and also a Premier Inn. The Holiday Inn have offered a 10% reduction in price off of their standard (best flexible) rate and will also include breakfast free of charge and free parking. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by 23rd March 2019 and quote ‘PSGB Spring Conference’.

Holiday Inn Express Ramsgate - Minster

Tothill Street Minster Kent, Ramsgate, CT12 4AU

01843 820250

Holiday Inn Ramsgate-Minster

The venue of the conference is in a rural setting, a minibus will be provided for the evening of the 8th April which will run to the Holiday Inn, Birchington train station and a few stops along the way, with one final journey (limited spaces) to Canterbury for those who wish to experience the Cathedral City.

There is a charge of £5 to use the minibus and this is an option for you to choose when purchasing your ticket via Eventbrite.

Canterbury Cathedral

Should you wish to use a taxi there are several companies in the area;

Central Cars: 01843 848430

Village Cars: 01843 832000

A2B Cars Thanet: 07549 515410

Birchington train station is 1 mile from the venue, from here you can take a 7 minute journey to Margate or approximately a 30 minute journey to Canterbury.

Birchington-on-Sea station
Station Approach

Thanet's number 8 bus stops at Birchington Square. The half mile walk along Park Lane and into Quex Park takes under 10 minutes. Bus timetables can be found here;


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