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Tracking migration: drivers, challenges and consequences of seasonal movements | #BOU2019

 26 - 28 Mar 2019


supported by
University of Iceland
University of Amsterdam
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
University of Aveiro

VENUE INFORMATION inc. travel info


Migration has long captured the human mind and ingenious ways to unravel the processes involved in bird migration have long been at the core of ornithological research. Techniques such as ringing, the use of radars and flight tunnels and the deployment of bio-logging devices have gradually expanded our knowledge of this behaviour.

Recent advances in tracking technologies have allowed us to quantify migratory movements throughout the annual and life cycles in greater detail than ever before, leading to a renewed widespread interest in the field. Following the BOU’s 2015 (Avian tracking) and 2017 (From avian tracking to population processes), the 2019 conference “Tracking migration: drivers, challenges and consequences of seasonal movements” will explore recent advances in our understanding of avian migration through the use of any tracking technique: from large scale migratory pulses and fluxes to individual variation in phenology and routes; the implications of behavioural flexibility for distribution and demography of migrants (connectivity and fitness trade-offs); and the development and maintenance of migratory strategies at the individual (ontogeny and life-long tracking) and population levels (partial migration and transgenerational changes).

This international conference will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Continental and flyway scale tracking;
  • Connectivity and range shifts;
  • Energetics, flight behaviour, navigation and social learning;
  • Partial migration, migratory strategies and fitness trade-offs;
  • Dispersal, settlement and transgenerational changes;
  • Migratory schedules and responses to environmental change;
  • Longitudinal and comparative studies – implications for species conservation.


We’re pleased to confirm the following keynote presentations (more to be confirmed).

Kyle Horton | @Kyle__Horton
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, US
Continental and flyway scale tracking
James Gilroy | @j_gilroy1
University of East Anglia, UK
Connectivity and range shifts
Andrea Flack | @anflack
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
Energetics, flight behaviour, navigation and social learning
Jane Reid
University of Aberdeen, UK
Partial migration, migratory strategies and fitness trade-offs
Tamar Lok | @TamarLok
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Dispersal, settlement and transgenerational change
James Grecian | @JamesGrecian
University of St Andrews, UK
Migratory schedules and responses to environmental change
Henri Weimerskirch
Longitudinal and comparative studies, and implications for species conservation


Download abstract submission stencil here.

Submit your application to the BOU Office.

Oral submissions
We welcome oral submissions that fit within the topics details above.

Deadline for oral submissions – 30 September.

Poster submissions
We welcome poster submissions that fit within the overall conference theme, and particularly the individual session themes above. Submissions from BOU ECR members can be on any ornithological topic, and we especially welcome submission from those who have recently received their PhD.

Deadline for poster submissions – 30 October.
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 October if any places remain, which will be allocated on first come first served basis.

Scientific Programme Organisers

Verónica Méndez (University of Iceland)
Wouter Vansteelant (University of Amsterdam)
Maria Bogdanova (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
José Alves (University of Aveiro)

Image Credits
Storks © KlausHausmann CC0 via Pixabay

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