The XVIII IBAC meeting took place in Cogne, a small mountain village located in the core of the "Gran Paradiso" National Park (Valle d'Aosta, western Alps, north-west of Italy) at an altitude of about 1500m (view map), during September 2001, Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th.
It was organized by the "Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali " (CIBRA) of the Università di Pavia - Italy.

The meeting followed the international nature film festival "Stambecco d'Oro" (August 25th - September 1st, 2001) organized in Cogne by Ente Progetto Natura and by the University of Pavia every two years.

Due to its scientific importance, the XVIII IBAC meeting has obtained the Patronage of the Presidency of the Italian Republic and of the Council of Europe.

Organizing Committee:

Gianni Pavan, chairman of IBAC, IUAV-Venezia & Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali
Gabriele Caccialanza, Università di Pavia & Ente Progetto Natura
Michela Podestà, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano & Centro Studi Cetacei
Michele Manghi, Claudio Fossati, Marco Priano, Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali

Supporting Institutions:

The meeting was supported by Ente Progetto Natura, by Centro Studi Cetacei, and by the Marine Mammal Biology Program of the Office of Naval Research (ONR-USA) with the valuable cooperatioon of Comune di Cogne, APT Cogne, Regione Valle d'Aosta, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), NAUTA rcs, Cetacean Research Technology.


Poster of the meeting

Photographic gallery ( will be online soon...)

University of Pavia home page
CIBRA home page
IBAC home page
Centro Studi Cetacei and the Italian Stranding Network