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Conferences and Meetings

21st century ornithology: challenges, opportunities and decisions | #BOU2018

 29 Mar 2018

27-29 March 2018

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University of Cambridge | JNCC | Newcastle University | University of East Anglia

Biotrack | NHBS | PathTrack | Wildlife Acoustics

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WORKSHOPS | early-career researchers
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With current rapid environmental change and increasing human pressure on ecosystems, new methods and approaches will be needed to understand how bird populations and distributions will respond in order to guide decision-makers and land managers. By exploring a range of challenges, this conference aims to 1) examine the current state-of-the-art in avian science in understanding and mitigating the threats to birds and 2) encourage a forward examination of the likely changes in bird populations and communities up to 2050. New and innovative means of studying birds will be a cross-cutting theme.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to showcase examples of the research and science needed to address the future challenges by looking several decades ahead. It will explore a range of challenges, such as the terrestrial, coastal and marine responses to climate change, consequences of a different predator community, the impacts of invasive species, possible developments in agriculture and potential new approaches for carrying out science. Additionally, progress towards biodiversity targets will be explored. Central to the conference will be an examination of the science evidence needed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global bird populations and communities.

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Alfred Newton Lecture

Prof Hugh Possingham
Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy &
Professor of Ecology, University of Queensland, Australia
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What kinds of ornithological monitoring is useful for conservation management and policy?

The Alfred Newton Lecture was established in 1994 to celebrate the BOU’s founder, and is awarded by the BOU to an internationally renowned figure to address a BOU annual conference on a key topic of the conference theme.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to have secured a great line up of keynote speakers to open each of the different oral sessions.

Prof Jenny Gill | University of East Anglia, UK
Session: Land use Change | Changes in migratory systems
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Prof Martin Wikelski | Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
Session: Technological advances | Current advances in technology and future possibilities, and impacts on science, conservation and citizen science
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Dr Beth Scott | University of Aberdeen, UK
Session: Marine pressures and responses | Drivers of changes and impacts
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Prof Des Thompson | Scottish Natural Heritage, UK
Session: Predation | Changes in the uplands
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Dr Malcolm Ausden | RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK
Session: Responding to climate change | Habitat change and population impacts, and opportunities for conservation
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Prof Tim Blackburn | Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK
Session: Invasive species | Patterns of invasive species, future scenarios, and consequences
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Dr Juliet Vickery | RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK
Future paradigms in ornithology and bird conservation; the opportunities?
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Call for papers

Oral submissions are now closed.

Poster submissions
We welcome poster submissions that fit within the overall conference theme, and particularly the individual session themes above.

Download abstract submission stencil here.

Submissions from BOU ECRs can be on any ornithological topic, and we especially welcome submission from those who have recently received their PhD.

Deadline for poster submissions – 30 November. Submit your application to the BOU Office.
Note: the early submission date for posters is to ensure that accepted authors have time to take advantage of early bird conference rates including early-career researcher places which book up very quickly for our conferences. So submit early! We’ll continue to take submissions after 30 November if any places remain, which will be allocated on first come first served basis.

Scientific Programme Organisers

Prof Bill Sutherland (University of Cambridge)
Dr Helen Baker (Joint Nature Conservation Committee)
Dr Darren Evans (Newcastle University)
Dr Aldina Franco (University of East Anglia)

Image Credits
Mallards © Achim Hering | via Wikimedia Commons | CC-BY-SA-3.0
Hugh Possingham from www.possinghamlab.org

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