2nd International Bat Research Online Symposium (IBROS):
Daily and seasonal movements of bats

24th - 25th January 2023
09:15 - 17:00 (CET)

Bats are a highly mobile taxon. Daily and seasonal movements across landscapes or continents, respectively, make bats vulnerable to various anthropogenic threats. Understanding how, why and where bats move is critical to developing a predictive framework that can inform stakeholders on how best to protect corridors and pathways that bats require in an ever-changing environment. As part of an initiative of the EUROBATS Intersessional Working Group on Daily and Seasonal Movements of Bats, we invite you to participate in the upcoming 2nd International Online Symposium on Bat Research, which will take place on 24th – 25th January 2023. We have invited a number of keynote speakers who will report on different aspects of bat movements, with a focus on European bats. In particular, we aim to gather information from papers and studies that have used different techniques to study bat movements, such as ringing, acoustic surveys, VHF tracking, MOTUS tracking, GPS tracking and others. We invite you to contribute to this project with your scientific knowledge on bat movements. Contributions about bats from other continents are warmly welcome.

The online symposium is aimed at scientists, experts, as well as representatives of authorities and non-governmental organizations. The event will be held in English.

Keynote speakers

Tentative list (in alphabetical order):

  • Richard Holland (Bangor University, UK) and Oliver Lindecke (University of Oldenburg, Germany):
    Bat navigation (tentative title)
  • Lasse Jakobsen (University of Southern Denmark):
    Bat orientation (tentative title)
  • Fiona Mathews (University of Sussex, UK):
    Migratory bats followed by the Motus tracking system
  • Ran Nathan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel):
    The movement ecology paradigm and bats (tentative title)
  • Gunārs Pētersons (Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia):
    Migration of European bats assessed by banding data
  • Manuel Roeleke (University of Potsdam, Germany):
    Daily movements of bats tracked by GPS and reversed GPS technqiues (tentative title)
  • Charlotte Roemer (National Museum of Natural History, France):
    Movements of bats assessed by acoustic recordings
  • Christian Voigt (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany):
    Migration of European bats assessed by stable isotopes

Tentative programme

Day one (24th January): Daily movements

09:00

Opening of the lobby for registered participants

09:15 - 09:30

Welcome + housekeeping

The basics of bat movements

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote: Ran Nathan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): The movement ecology paradigm and bats (tentative title)

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote: Lasse Jakobsen (University of Southern Denmark): Bat orientation (tentative title)

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote: Richard Holland (Bangor University, UK) and Oliver Lindecke (University of Oldenburg, Germany): Bat navigation (tentative title)

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

Keynote: Non nomen: Daily movements of bats evaluated by conventional VHF tracking (tentative title)

12:00 - 12:10

Short presentation

12:10 - 12:20

Short presentation

12:20 - 12:30

Short presentation

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote: Manuel Roeleke (University of Potsdam, Germany): Daily movements of bats tracked by GPS and reversed GPS technqiues (tentative title)

14:00 - 14:10

Short presentation

14:10 - 14:20

Short presentation

14:20 - 14:30

Short presentation

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 - 15:30

Keynote: Charlotte Roemer (National Museum of Natural History, France): Movements of bats assessed by acoustic recordings

15:30 - 15:40

Short presentation

15:40 - 15:50

Short presentation

15:50 - 16:00

Short presentation

16:00 - 17:00

Poster presentations
Day two (25th January): Migratory movements

09:15

Opening of the lobby for registered participants

Current state of knowledge

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote: Gunārs Pētersons (Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia): Migration of European bats assessed by banding data

10:00 - 10:10

Short presentation

10:10 - 10:20

Short presentation

10:20 - 10:30

Short presentation

10:30 - 10:40

Short presentation

10:40 - 10:50

Short presentation

10:50 - 11:00

Short presentation

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

Keynote: Fiona Mathews (University of Sussex, UK): Migratory bats followed by the Motus tracking system

12:00 - 12:10

Short presentation

12:10 - 12:20

Short presentation

12:20 - 12:30

Short presentation

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote: Christian Voigt (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany): Migration of European bats assessed by stable isotopes

14:00 - 14:10

Short presentation

14:10 - 14:20

Short presentation

14:20 - 14:30

Short presentation

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break

Anthropogenic threats to daily and migratory movements

15:00 - 15:10

Short presentation

15:10 - 15:20

Short presentation

15:20 - 15:30

Short presentation

15:30 - 15:40

Short presentation

15:40 - 15:50

Short presentation

15:50 - 16:00

Short presentation

16:00 - 17:00

Poster presentations

 

Registration

If you would like to participate in the symposium, please register at: https://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/bat2023/

Regular registration fee: 90 Euro
Reduced registration fee: 50 Euro*

*The reduced rate applies to participants resident in and affiliated with organisations of non-high-income countries (see World Bank classification) and for students and NGO employees of any country. For verification, please send us an appropriate proof by email to batsymposium@izw-berlin.de.

Registration is open until 22nd January 2023 midnight CET.

Abstract submission

Register and submit your abstract now at: https://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/bat2023/

We have reserved 10-minute time slots for short oral presentations. The presentations can either be given live (online) or as a recorded presentation. We also offer the opportunity to present your work on a poster, which can be summarised in a pre-recorded 2-minute presentation (optional). In case you would like to present your work at the symposium, please submit your abstract by 16th October 2022, midnight CEST. Please note that presentation slots are limited and will be assigned on a competitive basis.

Please ensure to follow the abstract formatting guidelines. You may use our abstract sample as template.

Event format & technical details

The online symposum will be delivered remotely with live lectures in Central European Time.

We will be using the video conferencing tool 'Webex'. You will need a stable internet connection for your participation in our symposium.

We highly suggest using a laptop/PC instead of a smart device to best follow along. During the symposium, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the live discussion. For good audio transmission, we recommend the use of a headset to reduce background noise. If you do not have a microphone/headset, you may as well ask questions via the chat option.

Registered participants will receive the access link to the symposium a few days prior to the event.

In addition, the symposium will be recorded and will be available for registered participants for three days afterwards, yet without the opportunity of asking questions to the presenting authors.

Cancellation policy

If you have to cancel your registration, please send an email to batsymposium@izw-berlin.de. Please note that your cancellation is only valid after you received a confirmation of acceptance from us.

In case of cancellations until 17th January 2023, 80% of the registration fees will be refunded. After 17th January, no refund is possible.

Contact

For organisational questions:

Josepha Prügel
Conference organisation & Leibniz-IZW Academy
Tel: +49(0)30 5168-127

Stefanie Lenz
Conference organisation & Finances
Tel: +49(0)30 5168-459

E-Mail: batsymposium@izw-berlin.de

For topic-related questions:

PD Dr. Christian Voigt
Head of Department
Department of Evolutionary Ecology
Tel: +49(0)30 5168-511
E-Mail: voigt@izw-berlin.de

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