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Waterbird Society/ IOC 2018

The Waterbird Society will hold its 42nd Annual Conference and General Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 19-20 Aug 2018. Full details will be available shortly. This year, our conference is being held in conjunction with, and immediately preceding, the 27th International Ornithological Congress (21-26 Aug 2018).

The Congress occurs every four years, and is considered the oldest and most prestigious of meetings for avian scientists. As such, this provides a unique opportunity to engage with the broader international ornithological community and will have a lot to offer in addition to our regular meeting. We encourage everybody to participate and take advantage of this event.

The Waterbird Society has two symposia at the IOC which will be of specific interest to members, including:

Registration is open. There is no additional cost for the Waterbird Society meeting – it is included in the IOC registration fees. All registration occurs through the IOC website.

Check-in beginning at 5pm on Saturday 18 August at Simon Fraser University downtown.

It is important to register as early as possible in order to obtain the best deals on hotels. A list of hotels and costs, as well as a list of example AirBNBs near the venue can be found here.

For questions about registration, accommodation, tours or field trips, please contact Pat Baird (Chair, Local Committee).

The following social activities are free to everyone who registered (more details to be added very soon):

  1. Saturday 18 August: Icebreaker  “-10 pm, Simon Fraser University downtown
  2. Sunday 19 August: Mixer  6-10 pm, Convention Centre
  3. Monday 20 August: Opening Ceremonies   5:30-6:30 pm, Convention Centre
  4. Monday 20 August: IOC Welcome Mixer 6:30 – 8:00, Convention Centre
  5. Tuesday 21 August: Canada Evening  8-9:30 pm, Convention Centre
  6. Wednesday 22 August: Business Meeting 6-7 pm, Brew Pub
  7. Wednesday 22 August: Waterbirds Banquet 7-10 pm, Brew Pub

We have an awesome shirt this year. It is athletic style (i.e. it will not be that typical cotton t-shirt but rather a silky running shirt – good for layering in the winter or keeping wind out!) in grey, long-sleeve polyester only; women’s with a V neck, men’s with a round neck.  Also, a mug will be available!


Travel awards to assist student attendance at these meetings are available by applying to the Waterbird Society. Deadline: March 15, 2018. Awards granted are fairly small and do not cover all expenses for attendance, so students should seek additional sources of funding support. Awards for student travel will also be available through the IOC (details to be announced).

Abstract submissions are now closed for both the Waterbird Society (WbS) and International Ornithological Congress (IOC) meetings.  

Stay tuned for further details and announcements.

Looking forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

~Clay Green President, The Waterbird Society