Developments in monitoring science | BOUsci21

24 November 2021


25 November 2021


on Zoom
Autumn scientific meeting

KEYNOTE PRESENTERS – detailed below

Call for abstracts

Submission for Zoom presentations is now closed.
Submissions for Twitter presentations remain open until 30 September 2021


Not yet open. Cost will be £25 for BOU members; £25 early bird for non-members and £75 thereafter.

Conference theme

The monitoring of bird populations provides the bedrock for informing conservation priorities and the research and conservation action that arises from these priorities. Whilst traditional field methods underpin the standardized monitoring programmes that have operated in the UK and many other countries, sometimes for decades, rapid recent developments in technology, online communication and statistics are offering many new possibilities that may enable us to improve existing monitoring programmes, and also to extend monitoring efforts to new species, regions and habitats.

This Developments in Monitoring Science conference will bring together ornithologists and ecologists from academic and conservation organisations, to share findings and explore the opportunities provided by recent advances and breakthroughs.

The conference will be international in scope and will cover topics including:

  • Technological developments such as drones, bioacoustics, radar and eDNA;
  • New analyses of monitoring and recording data;
  • Online and mobile data collection;
  • Demography and monitoring;
  • Engagement of volunteers and the role of citizen science;
  • Using monitoring data in conservation and policy.

The conference is aimed at researchers and students, conservation organisations, statutory government agencies and those engaged in policy, advocacy and conservation management. It will provide opportunities to share high quality science, network and discuss new ideas. Whilst the conference focuses on recent developments in avian monitoring science, much of the discussion will be relevant to participants whose core interest concerns taxonomic groups other than birds.

New parallel conference format

The BOU strives to make all our events inclusive and accessible. To help achieve this we now run all in-person and virtual Zoom conferences as dual platforms events with a Twitter conference running alongside the main in-person/virtual event.

Every presenter at a in-person/virtual event will now be required to tweet a summary of their presentation as part of the parallel Twitter event. We will also include additional Twitter-only presentations during the breaks of the in-person/virtual event.

For BOUsci20, the virtual Zoom event attracted an ‘in-the-room’ audience of 375 registrants, but the parallel Twitter event had over 550 participants, an ‘in-the-room’ audience of >1,600 people and a wider reach of 750,000 – from right around the world.

Unlike other social media platforms, Twitter is genuinely open access as you don’t even need an account to follow the Twitter event content. The BOU knows Twitter inside out having championed its use to promote ornithological research for the last decade and we’ve been running and sponsoring Twitter conferences for some years. Because of this take-up within our community is very high – 75% of BOU2019 delegates were on Twitter!

Presenters will be provided with extensive guidelines on how to tweet your presentation on Twitter, and you will be able to use either your personal or institute account. If neither of these are available, then we the BOU social media team will be on hand to discuss other options for you to present your work on Twitter.

See also Presenting at a Twitter conference

Keynote presenters

Dr Caren Cooper | North Carolina State University, US
Flock together: innovations migrating across citizen Science xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Gabriel Gargallo | Catalan Ornithological Institute, Spain
The role of online bird recording portals in avian monitoring science xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Simon Gillings | BTO, UK
The UK Breeding Bird Survey: 27 years of monitoring and innovation xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Dr Cat Horswill | ZSL Institute of Zoology and University College London, UK
Overcoming the data crisis in seabird conservation



Kate Jennings | RSPB, UK
Deploying data for nature conservation: How monitoring data is used to inform conservation policy and practice



Prof Kate Jones | University College London, UK
Conservation 4:0 Opportunities and challenges for passive acoustics



Others to follow

Scientific Programme Organisers

Mark Eaton | Chair | Rare Breeding Birds Panel & RSPB, UK
Dawn Balmer | BTO, UK
Fiona Burns | RSPB, UK
José Alves | University of Aveiro (Portugal) and University of Iceland

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