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#BOU2015 – Avian Tracking conference

BOU2015_CBfrCWYWcAAOyzm.png-largeBOU 2015 Annual Conference
University of Leicester, 31 Mar – 2 Apr 15

#BOU2015 proved to be the BOU’s largest ever annual conference. Over 200 ornithologists attended to hear a packed programme of talks, posters and the new ‘talking posters’ – it was buzzing!

Here are just a few images and comments from the conference.

Read an ECR’s perspective on #BOU2015 – Katherine Booth Jones provides her viewpoint on the BOU annual conference.
Read Tom Evans’ (Lund University) fabulous #Storify summary of #BOU2015 in tweet form!
 
 
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BOU2015_Desk
Our reception desk acts as the conference hub – lots of feedback questionnaires and voting slips for best ECR presentations coming in! We are also driving down our carbon footprint for our conferences, recycling our plastic name badges (some delegates like to collect the paper inserts from our conferences) and we no longer print the delegate pack – that saved over 20,000 sheets of paper!
 
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BOU2015_Plasma_screenPlasma screens around the venue had a rolling slideshow informing delegates about what was going on at the conference.
 
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BOU2015_Talking_postersTalking Posters! Wow! A series of unmanned, narrated PowerPoint shows running continuously throughout the conference in a dedicated screening room. Well attended and great feedback and we will improve on this trial for next year. And watch for them popping up at other events soon 😉
 
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BOU2015_Posters
Part of the 30+ posters on display at #BOU2015 – this photo had to be taken when the coffee room was empty as you couldn’t see the posters for people during the breaks!
 
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Croxall_medalJohn Croxall receives the Union Medal from (outgoing) President Jenny Gill for his outstanding contribution to the BOU. See here.
 
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This conference was Jenny Gill’s last as BOU President. We’re going to miss her big time!
 
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BOU2015_ECR eventOver 60 early-career researchers attended our now annual ECR event. Too many for our usual seminar room so we had to use the main lecture hall! This years event was on ‘demystifying the publishing process’ with an expert panel of IBIS editors, Associate Editors and BOU staff answering questions from ‘what’s the use of a covering letter on submission?’ to ‘should I be on social media?’.
 
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Wanless_medalSarah Wanless receiving the BOU’s Godman Salvin Medal from (incoming) President Keith Hamer for her outstanding contribution to ornithology. See here.
 
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BOU2015_Tweetwall
Our Tweetwall on the main screen during all breaks – a few people were converted to Twitter after seeing our Tweetwall and hearing about the Twitter buzz around #BOU2015
 
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Missed #BOU2015? Then don’t miss #BOU2016 Urban Birds!

 
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