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|