The Joint Scientific Meeting run by ARC and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) will be held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum on Saturday 30th November 2019. This is a very popular one day conference with science and research based presentations from the UK and overseas and ends with a raffle which raises funds for various great herpetofauna related causes. 


0930-1000 Arrival, registration and coffee
1000-1005 Welcome – Prof Richard Griffiths, ARC Trustee

Habitat preferences in golden Mantellas – Wayne Edwards, DICE, University of Kent


Chemical and microbial barriers to amphibian pathogens – Phil Jervis, Institute of Zoology and Imperial College London


Abundance and population structure of the Morelet's Crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in the region of Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico - José António Lemos Barão-Nóbrega, University of Salford and Operation Wallacea

1120-1200  Coffee

Disease transmission in larval amphibians – Bryony Allen, University of Liverpool and Institute of Zoology


Over the moon: the effect of the lunar cycle on three newt species in the UK – John Phillips, DICE, University of Kent


Using 3D-printed, GPS embedded, decoy turtle eggs to track poachers – Helen Pheasey, DICE, University of Kent

1320-1445 Lunch

Aesculapian snakes - an introduced species in North Wales – Tom Major, Bangor University


What do zoo visitors understand about global amphibian declines? – Marcileida (Leida) Dos Santos, University of Otago and IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group

1540-1615 African herp research – Gabriela B. Bittencourt-Silva, Natural History Museum
1615-1700 Coffee and departure 


On FRIDAY 29th November there will be a chance for socialising over a meal and drinks at a local restaurant. Although we WILL NOT be taking payment for the meal online please indicate during registration if you would like to be added to the waiting list. Details of arrangements for the meal, including venue, prices and payment arrangements will be sent to registered attendees only in late October. Meal places are limited to around 30 people. Please e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions.


Exhibitors and vendors are welcome, by prior arrangement only. If you would like to have a stall or to present a poster or display please contact John Wilkinson on 07810770560 or [email protected].

Click here for Parking and Accommodation information

Payments are non-refundable after Friday 8th November

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Members ticket (ARC Friend, BHS, HSI, or ARG)

Decrease Increase £25.00

Students or Concessionary ticket

Decrease Increase £25.00

Standard ticket

Decrease Increase £40.00