Thursday, 17 April 2014

Oh, Liege!

The European Cetacean Society (ECS) was in Liege in Belgium this year. The city has a mighty river passing through it (the Meuse) and some fine old buildings, but it also has a remarkable amount of ongoing and unfinished street improvements and a cacophony of modern apartment blocks. 

I like to fine a theme in a city if I can - like last year when I thought some of the graffiti of Setubal (home to ECS 2013) was outstanding - but with Liege this was more difficult. In the end I settled on its statues - which span all styles, from the classic to the abstract. The one thing that they all have in common is scale (as in they are big). Below them, a few scenes from the ECS itself. 

Oh and Liege has an awesome modern train station - it stands off to one side of the city like the bleached bones of a giant space monster - it was designed  by the famous Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava.






Stephen Marsh of BDMLR gives some wise advice on how to handle media enquirers at the Rescue Workshop
Key note speaker Peter Ross speaks about chemical pollution

A show of hands at the Rescue Workshop


Delegates assemble at the ECS conference

The Liege Space Monster





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