The Student Meet on Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science (SMEECS) was held at National Centre for Biological Sciences on 20th and 21st August 2008. The conference included 27 talks and 15 poster presentations, all by students. In addition, there were plenary talks by eminent biologists Dr. A.J.T Johnsingh (NCF, Mysore) and Dr. Amitabh Joshi (JNCASR, Bangalore).
The event drew 122 participants from the following institutions:
- Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore
- Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore
- Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
- Mysore University, Mysore
- National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
- National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
- Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore
Prior to the conference, Dr. Geoff Hyde (NCBS) conducted a workshop to help participants at the meet hone their presentation skills. Kalyan Varma, a renowned wildlife photographer, presented a slideshow of his work to wind up proceedings on the second day.