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BOU2020 conference postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

We regret that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 virus and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaration on Wednesday that this is now officially a global pandemic, BOU Council have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone our 2020 Avian Restoration annual conference in Nottingham next month. Council have a duty of care to our members, staff and wider community, in not exposing anyone to an increased risk of infection of COVID-19.

We are of course very sorry for any disruption this will inevitably cause to those due to present and attend the conference. By making it now, instead of in two weeks’ time, when we anticipate there will be wider restrictions on large gatherings and travel, we seek to limit the risk of infection to individuals, irrecoverable cost to both BOU and delegates and inconvenience (for everyone).

Our intention is to postpone this conference on Avian Restoration until 2021 (31 March – 1 April at the University of Nottingham) and postpone our planned Avian Reproduction conference to 2022. We will work those due to present their work next month to deliver as much of our excellent programme as we can next spring..

We have considered the possibility of converting this conference into a full virtual meeting, given the BOU’s success in activities such as Twitter conferences. However, the planning required in such as short space of time makes this option unfeasible.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The BOU AGM cannot be cancelled, as formal notice has been given. We anticipate that there will not be a quorum present, so we anticipate having to adjourn the meeting and reconvene in June. In this eventuality, we will contact all members with details of the reconvened meeting.

In the meantime, the BOU is involved in three more conferences this year and we encourage you to support and participate if these events cross over with your field of research:

  • 4–6 May – #WSTC6, World Seabird Twitter Conference See here
    The sixth World Seabird Twitter Conference (and the second supported by the BOU). Remote presenting and following, no-cost, ultra-low carbon and . . . no risk of being cancelled because of COVID-19! Follow the #WSCT6 tag on Twitter for updates.
  • 7–8 October – #ISTC20, International Shorebird Twitter Conference  See here
    The first-ever International Shorebird Twitter Conference, hosted jointly by the BOU and the International Wader Study Group, as part of ISWG’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Take part for all the reasons listed for #WSTC6 above!
  • 24 November – BOUsci20, Climate Change & Birds & Twitter Conference  See here
    Both a physical meeting in Peterborough, UK and an online Twitter conference! This is the first time we’ll be delivering the same event in the room and on-line. Those presenting in person will be asked to prepare and present a Twitter version of their presentation, ensuring that we capture all presentations online. Twitter presentations from around the world will extend the length and scope of the conference.

Since all three of the above will be online, you will be able to follow them whatever the position is in relation to COVID-19!

Steve Dudley
Chief Operations Officer

Image top right: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

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