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13th International Seabird Group Conference, Edinburgh, 6-9 September 2016

Hannah Watson, March 18, 2016

Registration is now open for the 13th International Seabird Group Conference, which is being held in Edinburgh on 6-9 September 2016.

The conference will commence in traditional fashion with a plenary lecture and reception on the evening of 6 September. Three days of talks on current topics in seabird biology and ecology will follow, including further plenary talks. Confirmed plenary speakers include Tony Martin (South Georgia Heritage Trust/University of Dundee), Emmanuelle Cam (Université de Toulouse), Paulo Catry (MARE, ISPA) and Tim Birkhead (University of Sheffield). A conference banquet will take place on 8th September and there is the opportunity to join a post-conference excursion on 10th September involving a cruise around Bass Rock – the largest Northern Gannet colony in the world! You can read more about the conference on the website.

Conference registration costs £225 (early-bird) / £275 (regular) and includes a welcome drinks reception, poster reception, and lunch and coffee on all days. To make sure you take advantage of the Early-bird discount, you must book by 15th April. Register here.

Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be sent directly to Francis Daunt at by 15th April. Your submission should include a title, author list, 200-word abstract and please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation. you must have registered for the conference when you submit your abstract. Please also include your conference registration code at the time of submission.

Early Career Event

A dedicated Early Career event will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 6th September, prior to registration, plenary and reception that evening. Further details will be announced in due course, but you can register your interest during the registration process.

Travel grants

The Seabird Group is offering a small number of grants (of up to £100 each) to contribute towards travel costs. Application is open to anyone, but priority will be given to early career researchers and students who are selected to present a talk or poster and who live outside of the UK, but within Europe or the Mediterranean region.

To apply for a grant, please send an estimate of your travel costs to and from Edinburgh, together with the title and abstract for your talk/poster (max 200 words) directly to the Seabird Group Chairman, Stephen Votier ( The quality of the abstract will be used to inform the decision of the travel grants panel. The deadline for grant applications is 15th April (the same as for abstract submission and ‘early bird’ registration). Successful travel grant applicants will be informed by 25th April. Any enquiries before 15th April should be directed to the Seabird Group Secretary, Ellie Owen (

Conference venue

The conference is being organised by Francis Daunt (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and Sue Lewis (University of Edinburgh) and their colleagues. The conference venue is the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, which is located close to the Scottish Parliament and the Royal Mile and set in the shadow of Arthur's Seat at Holyrood Park.

A limited number of rooms, in residences adjacent to the conference venue, have been reserved and can be booked during registration for £69/night. Make sure to book soon if you want to be sure of on-site accommodation!

Further details will be published on the conference website, as well as on The Seabird Group’s Twitter and Facebook pages. For those on social media, we recommend that you follow the hashtag #seabirds16 and tag any relevant posts as such.

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On behalf of the Seabird Group committee and conference organisers, we look forward to seeing you there!