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Conferences and Meetings

Ecology and conservation of the world’s grassland birds

 20 Aug 2018

Buff-breasted Sandpiper | PD US FWS | Wikimedia Commons

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The BOU is holding an open one-day meeting with the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science on the registration day, 20 August, of IOCongress2018, in Vancouver, Canada.

Grasslands are found right across the planet, from tropical savannahs to alpine meadows, from coastline to mountain peak, forming key habitats for a wide range of species. Many of these habitats are under considerable threat from anthropogenic changes including land use change, urbanisation and climate change, which can impact on these important ecosystems and the birds which rely on them.

Free for IOC delegates
The day has been planned specially to provide the large numbers of delegates arriving to register for IOCongress2018 on the Monday 20 Aug, with a series of presentations they can pop in and out of during this free open day.

Note for non-IOC delegates The one-day registration rate ($292) for Tuesday 21 August (on the registration page of the IOC website) includes all activities on the 20 August including this meeting, the Congress Opening Ceremony and Reception plus the science program and Canada Evening the following day, Tuesday 21 August (plus access into the Congress discounted hotel block).



Prof Jenny Gill | University of East Anglia, UK
Waders and wet grassland
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Dr Brett Sandercock | Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway
Research on North American grassland birds
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Prof Jane Reid | University of Aberdeen, UK
Population ecology of Red-billed chough in agricultural grasslands
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Dr Jill A. Shaffer | US Geological Survey, USA
Renewable energy and grassland birds
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Selection process for offered papers
We ran an open call for papers for three months up to 31 January. We received 15 submissions, 10 (66.6%) from women, 5 (33.3%) from men. Two selectors (one woman, one man) assessed the submissions on scientific merit alone. Using the scores, the final selection was then made to fit the slots within the themed sessions as advertised (sessions don’t receive equal submissions with some being over-subscribed and others under-subscribed). Submissions from 8 women (53% of submissions) and 3 men (20%) were selected for presentation. Submissions from 2 women (20%) and 2 men (20%) were not selected for presentation.


Ecology and conservation of grassland birds is a BOU one-day meeting organised by David Douglas (RSPB Centre for Conservation Science) and Steve Dudley (BOU).

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