Until next time…
We are thrilled at the response WBTC has had over the last 2 years, not only from the bat research and conservation community but also artists, gamers, storytellers and the general public. In light of this we will be returning in 2023!
After a particularly tough couple of years for bat lovers, conservationists and researchers, we are pleased that #WBTC1 and #WBTC2 were able to offer an exciting and inclusive platform to showcase all the latest bat research and conservation to a truly global audience.
Whilst the world is slowly starting to get back to a new kind of normal, the problems surrounding in-person conferences still persist. Therefore we believe there will always be a place for Twitter Conferences as a platform for a truly inclusive exchange of ideas, the opportunity to network with people in your field or to just catch up with what’s new in the world of bats. We hope that WBTC will aid in filling this void and provide an exciting opportunity to learn about bat research and conservation from around the world in the comfort of your home, office or field station.
Missed out on the 1st or 2nd World Bat Twitter Conference? Catch up with all the previous years presentations by searching #WBTC1 or #WBTC2 on Twitter
2021 Conference Sessions
This session will include empirical or theoretical studies into the ecology of bat movement (e.g. dispersal, foraging, flight patterns, seasonal migration, etc.) We welcome interdisciplinary research, as well as studies into the role of climate change in driving ecological processes underlying bat movement.
This session will include studies into the dynamics or genetics of bat populations including characteristics and factors that affect populations size and distribution. We encourage studies that utilise technical, computational or theoretical approaches to bat population biology.
Evolution & Behaviour
This session will include a wide range of empirical or theoretical studies into the evolution and behaviour of bats. This could include bat anatomy and physiology, communication, social associations as well molecular evolution or topical issues such as viral reservoirs and immune function in bats. The scope for this session is endless…
Bats In The Landscape
This session will include a wide range of empirical or theoretical studies looking at bats within the landscape, from landscape connectivity and habitat suitability modelling to ecosystem services and habitat fragmentation. We welcome submissions from bat professionals working on non-research based projects such as mitigation strategies.
This session will focus on the extensive conservation work undertaken to study and protect bats and their ecosystems across the globe. In addition to scientific research, we also encourage submissions from conservationists working on bat conservation projects including human-wildlife conflict, habitat management, community education and engagement.
Tracking & Technology
This session will feature studies and projects that highlight advances in tracking, imaging and bioacoustic technology used to study bats and their habitats. We welcome submissions from academic researchers, bat professionals and conservationists alike.
New Conference Session for 2021
Bats In The Arts
This session will look at bats in historical and contemporary art as well as showcasing those wonderful people who are creating a positive public image of bats through a variety of artistic mediums.