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#BOU17TC | BOU Twitter Conference 2017


28 – 29 November 2017

Guidelines and information

Submit your abstract (deadline 30 September 2017)


#BOU17TC will not only be the BOU’s, but also Twitter’s first ever general ornithology Twitter Conference. Our event has been inspired by the success of the three World Seabird Twitter Conferences (#WSTC, #WSTC2 and #WSTC3) and @Biotweeps’ recent #BTcon17.

Twitter conferences are becoming increasingly popular as they are both a low carbon and cost-free way for researchers from around the world to come together to share their research.

Taking part in #BOU17TC couldn’t be easier – you join in from wherever you want, accessing the event on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet via the Twitter website or a Twitter app using our conference tag #BOU17TC.

See our guidelines and information if you want to present your work or just want to follow #BOU17TC.


We have some great names lined up for you and we’ll announce them on Twitter before adding them here in due course. Look out for those tweets!

Graham Appleton 2Graham Appleton | @GrahamFAppleton
WaderTales, UK
International Shorebird Rescue
28 November, 1200 UTC
Pete MarraPete Marra | @PeterPMarra
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, US
Migrant passerine connectivity in the Americas
28 November, 1600 UTC
cooper-caren-cluster-photo_origCaren Cooper | @CoopSciScoop
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, US
Citizen science in ornithology
28 November, 2000 UTC
Holly Jones SquareHolly Jones | @DocHPJones
Northern Illinois University, US
Sentinels of the sea: Status, threats, and hope for global seabird conservation
29 November, 0000 UTC
Arjun AmarArjun Amar | @arjundevamar
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa
Raptor conflicts and conservation
29 November, 0800 UTC
GrrlscientistGrrlScientist | @GrrlScientist
Science writer @Forbes @EvoInstitute and @BirdNoteRadio
Science communication in the digital age
29 November, 1130 UTC



We’re attempting a Twitter conference with a difference by running #BOU17TC across a 24-hour period so that those in different regions can take part more easily during their normal working day.

It will begin at UTC 0 on 28 November in Europe/Africa/Middle East (UTC +3 to -1) before rolling westwards taking in eastern North America/South America (UTC -2 to -5), western North America (UTC -6 to -10), east Asia/Pacific/Australasia (UTC +12 to +8), west Asia (UTC +7 to +4) before rolling back into Europe/Africa/Middle East (UTC +3 to -1) and ending at UTC 0 on 29 November.

This exciting schedule gives researchers from right around the world the chance to actively take part to showcase their work and for others to tune in for as much or as little as they want to follow.

But don’t worry about missing any of the presentations. The beauty of hashtags on Twitter is they collate all tweets in a single place. So all you have to do is visit #BOU17TC whenever you want to catch up on all the presentations.

You will need to know your UTC time for you take part – see here.

See our guidelines and information if you want to present your work or just want to follow #BOU17TC.

Submit your abstract (deadline 30 September 2017)


Get in touch with #BOU17TC organisers via Twitter or email:
Steve Dudley @stevedudley_ or email Steve
Nina O’Hanlon @Nina_OHanlon or email Nina

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