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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:

Speakers are needed – Send your abstract directly to the symposium conveners if you are interested in participating, and also submit it through the IOC (see below). Other IOC symposia that relate to waterbirds and conservation can be found at: (n.b. listed alphabetically, not by species group or theme).

Abstract submissions are now open for both the Waterbird Society (WbS) and International Ornithological Congress (IOC) meetings. As our annual conference is being held in conjunction with the larger IOC, abstract submission and registration will be slightly more complicated than in other years. A table can be found here that summarizes submission and registration processes and deadlines.

Oral presentations can be made at BOTH meetings, but you have to submit a separate abstract for each.

  • IOC: Abstracts for oral presentations and workshops in the IOC scientific program, and ALL posters and speed talks/e-posters (both meetings) must be submitted here. Deadline: March 29, 2018. You must first register before you can submit an abstract to the IOC.
  • Acceptance of oral presentations at the IOC is through a competitive process, where abstracts are peer-reviewed and ranked. Acceptance of an oral presentation is not guaranteed, but unsuccessful abstracts will be given the option to be presented as speed talks or posters.
  • Waterbird Society: Abstracts for talks in the WbS scientific program must be submitted here (deadline: April 03, 2018).

Call for Symposia (as part of the WbS scientific program): Anyone who would like to propose a Symposium for the Waterbird Society meeting, with a conservation or waterbirds theme, please direct questions to Dave Moore. Proposals for symposia or workshops are due by March 15, 2018.

Registration is now 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 websiteEarly registration ends April 03, 2018.

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).

For more information about the venue, registration, travel, accommodation, field trips and the location, please visit the IOC 2018 main page.

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

An email will be sent in mid-December with information on accommodation. 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 will be included.

For questions about abstracts, symposia or the scientific program please contact Dave Moore (Chair, Scientific Program).

Stay tuned for further details and announcements.

Looking forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Clay Green – President, The Waterbird Society