This event took place on Saturday 19 November 2022 

Noses for Nature - Ecological detection dog Conference

 Odisee Hogeschool, Hospitaalstraat 21, 9100 Sint-Niklaas -  on-site & on-line


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  • 10.00: Introduction
  • 10.10: The stag beetles and ecological detection dogs -  Arno Thomaes, Research Institute for Nature and Forest INBO, Belgium
  • 10.30: Ecological detection dogs in Flanders - Ellen Van Krunkelsven, Canine Unit Federal Police Belgium & NPO  Noses for Nature, Belgium
  • 10.50: Scent Discriminating Ecological Detection Dogs - training aspects and experiences with different target species- Uta Kielau, K9 Hundekunde, Germany
  • 11.10: Can sniffer dogs detect larvae of glowworms (Lampyris noctiluca)? -  Mira Van den Broeck, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • 11.25: First use of a wolf detection dog in Flanders : experiences and options  - Jan Gouwy, Research Institute for Nature and Forest INBO, Belgium & Carina Depape, NPO Noses for Nature, Belgium
  • 11.45:  LUNCH BREAK (sandwiches)
  • 13.30: Detection dogs in conservation projects: a review on their worldwide performance and some case studies - Annegret Grimm-Seyfarth, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
  • 14.00: Training African giant pouched rats to detect illegally trafficked wildlife - Isabelle Szott, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • 14.20: Training aspects of ecological detection dogs - Hotsche Luik, Scent Detection Academy, The Netherlands
  • 14.40: Using detection animals to demonstrate an undetectable species - Ashadee Miller, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • 15.00: BREAK
  • 15.20: Conservation k9 Consultancy -Conservation Makes scents! Let’s get sniffing!  - Louise Wilson, Conservation k9 Consultancy, United-Kingdom
  • 15.40: Wildlife detection dogs, a viable method to locate great crested newt Triturus cristatus at distance and through substrate? Nikki Glover,  Eco-system and Environment Research Centre, University of Salford, United-Kingdom
  • 16.00: Ecological detection dog Odisee research projects in Flanders - Hilde Vervaecke, Odisee University of Applied Science, Belgium
  • 16.20: Closing

Thanks folks for attending this meeting! It was great to connect and share interesting information!

Thanks to the nice stand with dog books, goodies, etc...

Thanks to the volunteering helping folks, colleagues and students who made this a cozy meeting!

Thanks to Odisee University of Applied Sciences & the INBO Research Institute for Nature and Forest for hosting this event. 

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Here are the recordings of the Noses for Nature Conference. They will remain available till April 30th 2023.

To see the morning sessions, click on this link:

To see the afternoon sessions, click on this link:

In case you are a detection dog owner/trainer, we would love to know:
In case of registration for on-site attendance: note that you can cancel prior to October 30th by mail ( This will allow us to invite people on the reserve list. If you do not show up or cancel too late, you pay a no-show-fee of 40 euro, except in the case of unforeseen grave circumstances.