MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORNITHOLOGICAL CONGRESS 21-26 August Vancouver & The Waterbird Society 19-20 August

The IOC and Waterbird Society meetings will be at the Vancouver Convention Centre this August. Everyone is invited to attend. The IOC meeting is comprehensive and not just a meeting. It includes scientists, conservationists, managers, artists, musicians, and the public. It is co-hosted by the Vancouver International Bird Festival, the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and Bird Studies Canada. Supporting organizations include, but are not limited to: the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, the Canadian Wildlife Service and Environment & Climate Change Canada, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Nature Vancouver, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC, the Stanley Park Ecological Society, Simon Fraser University, UBC, the Sea Duck Joint Venture, and many more. Over 40 international ornithological groups, societies, and organizations are participating,and people registered to date are from over 70 countries.

Attend and/or present your research at the IOC & Waterbird Society meetings
Registration information for both meetings are at:
You can register for the entire conference or only for one day. The annual meeting of the Waterbird Society will be the two days prior to the IOC, and registration for that is included in the IOC costs.

Register here: 

You can present an oral paper or poster on research, management, or conservation, or host a workshop or roundtable discussion on techniques, demonstrations, hypotheses etc. at both meetings. In order to present a paper, poster, workshop, or roundtable discussion, you first must register. Registration for the Waterbird meeting is included in the IOC registration.

Because this is an international conference, with top scientists from many countries, the selection of the oral papers will be very competitive. If you want to submit yours, do so at:

POSTERS for both the IOC and the Waterbird Society Meetings
Posters for both meetings will be on display all week in the IOC’s Exhibition Hall.
All posters will be accepted.
Posters can be either traditional “paper” or electronic posters (also called speed talks). You will have an opportunity to present your research in person at both. The main difference is that the e-Posters will be electronically archived and anyone who wants to see them in the future will be able to. You submit these as a Power Point and you can embed videos.
Both are also submitted through the IOC Abstract submission page: Sign in with a new email and password – this will link with the one you used for Registration.

Submit your abstract at the following URL:

Admission to the WBS meeting is included in the registration for the IOC. Abstract format is similar to that of the IOC and an example is on the above web page. Selection criteria are not as competitive as for the IOC. Most abstracts will be accepted.
Those of you who want to have a semi-formal discussion of an area of interest at the IOC, but who do not want to submit an abstract for an oral paper or poster, can submit an abstract for a Workshop or Roundtable. The description of these two forums is below, and we strongly encourage TWS-BC members to showcase their research, ideas, and expertise in front of a world body like the IOC using one of these presentation methods, or via a poster, above. Both workshops and roundtables will be held in the evenings and can run for up to 2 hours.
Anyone who is registered may submit an abstract. Send your 200-word description/statement of purpose, focus & aims of the meeting and the name(s) of the person(s) proposing the roundtable or workshop to:
You do not submit through the Abstract Submission process as in an oral paper or poster, so it is a lot simpler and easier.
Roundtable Discussions are a forum for discussion of specialist topics, such as new scientific findings, new directions in a particular field, methods, techniques and hypotheses. Roundtables are a forum for discussion and should not contain long oral presentations: a few brief introductory comments and a list of discussion questions or issues are sufficient.
Workshops are a forum for discussion of management approaches for research programs, and can include topics like software demonstrations, field skills, analytical approaches, etc. Workshops can also have a strong element of discussion of the merits of ‘best approaches’ to technical issues.
If you have any questions or need help, please email Pat Baird (


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