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The Moose Symposium has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since the Quebec meeting of 1973, the International Moose Symposium has brought together researchers and practitioners across the northern hemisphere to discuss and present the latest research and news on one of the most iconic northern ungulate: moose. This year, for the very first time, the symposium will be organized in Finland by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

The themes of the symposium are varied: What is going on with the moose in relation to zoonoses? How is she coping with predators? How is this cold-acclimatized animal coping with the current climatic change? Are too dense moose populations preventing the natural regeneration of forests?

The town of Joensuu is located in North Karelia, a district characterized by thousands of lakes and endless forests.

Moose – A big ungulate with a big societal impact

Moose has a significant effect on society across its range. It is a valuable game species on the one hand, but can cause significant traffic and forestry damage on the other. It is also a keystone species affecting vegetation and its regeneration through heavy browsing, not to mention that moose and her calves are also the main prey of many boreal carnivores. This event tackles all of the mentioned issues as well as other topical news.

The event is open to anyone interested in current research around moose, as well as to those who want to learn about the modern, state-of-the-art research methodologies (that are not restricted to mere moose). Participants will also be pampered by our excellent social program, including a field trip and an optional post-conference tour that will introduce the true beauty of Lakeland Finland, says Dr. Markus Melin, a member of the organizing committee. 

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