1 April 2025
3 April 2025
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, UK
Aims and scope
Ornithologists are increasingly making use of cutting-edge technologies and other novel approaches to stem the tide of avian extinctions and diversity loss caused by human impacts. With recent rapid technological advancements, increases in computational power, and improvements in wider accessibility, these new approaches could be game-changing for future conservation efforts. Alongside identifying the key threats to individual species, modern technologies and innovative approaches allow us to ask new questions and readdress old challenges, providing exciting insights into avian physiology, behaviour, and population dynamics. Now is the time to bring together researchers, conservationists, and policy makers working at the cutting edge of ornithological research and conservation to share their knowledge on how innovative technologies and novel approaches can help us find solutions to conserve birds in a changing world.
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 an in-person/virtual now tweets a summary of their in-person/virtual 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.
Recent virtual Zoom events have attracted an ‘in-the-room’ audience up to 3x that of an in-person event. Parallel Twitter events are delivering a like-for-like ‘in-the-room’ audience of up to 12x the in-person audience (and a wider reach of up to 750,000).
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 are 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
Scientific Programme Committee
Christine Howard | Durham University, UK & BOU Meetings Committee (Chair)
Claire Buchan | University of East Anglia, UK
Oliver Leedham | UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Marius Somveille | University College London, UK
Bar-headed Geese | Imran Shah CC BY-SA 2.0 Wikimedia Commons
Western Black-eared Wheatear | mourad-harzallah CC BY 4.0 Wikimedia Commons
Griffon Vulture | Pierre Dalous CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons