The 2018 International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will unite about 2000 scientists and conservationists from 100 countries around the world. The event will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 19-26, 2018.

The event is only held every four years so this is a rare opportunity for U.S. and Canadian birders to visit with and learn from the top scientists from around the world.

The Congress roster of nearly 50 symposia has just been released, complete with abstracts. Topics include:

Avian cognition
Evolution of birds and dinosaurs
Human-raptor interactions
Millions of migrations
Navigation from arctic to desert

PLENARY SPEAKERS

LUCIA SEVERINGHAUS
IOC President; Biodiversity Research Centre, Taiwan:
“Avian ecology’

JENNIFER GILL
University of East Anglia, UK :
‘Migratory birds in a changing world’

GABRIELLE NEVITT
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behaviour, UC Davis, USA
‘Avian olfaction’

JUAN REBOREDA
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
‘Evolutionary ecology of brood parasites’

ROB FLEISCHER
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA
‘Bird pathogen interactions’

REBECCA SAFRAN
University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
‘Phenotypic variation, sexual selection and speciation’

ANDREW COCKBURN
Australian National University, Australia
‘Behavioural ecology of a cooperative breeder’

BEN SHELDON
The Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, UK
‘Social ecology of wild bird populations’

HENRIK MOURITSEN
AGNeurosensorik/Animal Navigation, University of Oldenburg, Germany
‘Sensing the magnetic field’

Registration information is not yet posted on the event web site but the event is sure to draw a large audience so it would be wise to check back regularly to insure a spot at one of the host locations.  Visit the site to sign up for their email newsletter.

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