Talks and lectures by scientists or conservation authorities always attract interested listeners. In the past marine biologists have given lectures as part of the IDBHP on the Baltic harbour porpoise and threats to its survival in various locations around the Baltic Sea, for example at the University of Hamburg and at Havets Hus in Sweden. In addition, open seminars involving students and/or experienced researchers can be organised. However, considerations should be taken to include both, the scientific and non-scientific public.

Visual media, such as pictures and videos are a useful tool to support the points raised in a talk. An open discussion or a question-answer session is usually a good round-up of the event as the audience is encouraged to participate actively and learn more about the conservation of the Harbour Porpoise.

Poster exhibitions offer another great option to raise public awareness. Relatively straightforward to organise, they can reach a greater number of people than talks, provided they are exhibited in an appropriate location. Simple creative amendments can draw the public's attention. One example comes from the Lithuanian Sea Museum, where people at the information booth were invited to draw comparisons between harbour porpoises and guinea pigs. The idea originated from the similar sound of the common name for these two species in some languages, such as Lithuanian and Russian.

A successful concept is to combine different types of media to attract more attention. The German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund, for example, did not only display information material and a poster provided by the ASCOBANS secretariat, but also displayed T-PODs (devices for acoustic detection of cetaceans), a skull of a harbour porpoise and slides with reports and pictures from personal encounters with harbour porpoises on a screen. A small prize quiz prepared for children motivated the youngest visitors to learn more about harbour porpoise.




             A talk given at Havets Hus in Sweden, 2008.

             Posters on Display at Hel Marine Station, Poland, 2008.