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Conferences and Meetings

#ISTC20 – the first International Shorebird Twitter Conference

 7 - 8 Oct 2020

International Shorebird Twitter Conference 2020

7 – 8 October 2020



Programme & Abstracts Shiny App – searchable and interactive (inc. built in time zone convertor)
Programme PDF (view on screen) Excel (xlsx) (download)
Abstracts Excel (xlsx) (download)


We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the International Wader Study Group (IWSG – @WaderStudy) to jointly host the first ever International Shorebird Twitter Conference – #ISTC20 – sponsored by Lotek and Wildlife Acoustics.

#ISTC20 is an online global event and forms part of the IWSG’s 50th anniversary and ahead of our anniversary conference (held virtually) 10 – 11 October 2020.

Twitter conferences are proving increasingly popular as a low carbon, cost-free and inclusive way for researchers from around the world to come together to share their research. Anyone can take part! From wherever you are in the world! And it is completely free!

Taking part in #ISTC20 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 #ISTC20.

Whether you wish to present or simply follow #ISTC20, then please read our guidelines and information.


Prof Theunis Piersma @GlobalFlyway
University of Groningen & NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Migratory shorebirds as Down to Earth observers of our global predicament
Amanda Lilleyman @alilleyman
Charles Darwin University, Australia
Managing the Far Eastern Curlew on the non-breeding grounds of Australia | #TheCurlewProject
Prof Zhijun Ma @Zhijun_Ma
Fudan University, China
Changes of migratory shorebirds and their intertidal habitats in nature reserves in the Yellow Sea
Diego Luna Quevedo @diegolunaq
Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, Chile
Conserving shorebirds from the local to hemispheric
Prof Jenny Gill @JenGill3
University of East Anglia, UK
Space, time and bird migration
Prof Erica Nol @EricaNol
Trent University, Canada
Can a persistent polar vortex explain local population declines in a sub-arctic breeding shorebird
Dr Tatsuya Amano @tatsuya_amano
University of Queensland, Australia
Flying over the Tower of Babel: Implications of language barriers on shorebird conservation
Prof Fyodor Kondrashov @fkondras
Institute of Science & Technology, Austria
Population genomics of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper


#ISTC20 runs across a 28-hour period giving those in different regions around the world a change to follow and participate. For this global event we will use Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC – see here.

It takes the form of nine sessions in over two periods – session 1-6 running 1000-2130 UTC on 7 October and sessions 7-9 running 0700-1300 UTC on 8 October.

It will all begin at 1000 UTC on 7 October in Europe/Africa/Middle East (+3 to -1 UTC) before rolling westwards taking in eastern North America/South America (UTC -2 to -5), western North America (-6 to -10 UTC), east Asia/Pacific/Australasia (+12 to +8 UTC), west Asia (UTC +7 to +4) before rolling back into Europe/Africa/Middle East (+3 to -1 UTC) and ending at 1300 UTC on 8 October.

What if I miss a presentation?
The beauty of hashtags on Twitter is they collate all tweets in a single place. So all you have to do is visit #ISTC20 whenever you want to catch up on all the presentations. We’ll also use collation services to capture each session and host here.


#ISTC20 Tweeting guidelines and information
UTC clock and time zones


We’re extremely greatly to Lotek and Wildlife Acoustics for supporting #ISTC20.


We’re very grateful to Veronica Mendez Aragon, Ryan Burrell and Camilo Carneiro for their help in assessing abstracts for selection at #ISTC20.


Get in touch with #BOU17TC organisers via Twitter or email:
BOU | Steve Dudley @stevedudley_ or email Steve
BOU | Nina O’Hanlon @Nina_OHanlon or email Nina
IWSG | Triin Kaasiku @TriinKaasiku or email Triin
IWSG | Elwyn Sharps @ElwynSHarps or email Elwyn
Image credits
Top of page: Ingrid Tayler / Shorebird Nation CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commmons

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