We hoped you enjoyed the debut of the World Bat Twitter Conference #WBTC1! It has been an exciting opportunity to learn about bat research and conservation from around the world from the comfort of your home, office or field station. #WBTC1 has been a real positive experience for the bat research community in a particularly troubling time and it has generated a lot of fantastic publicity to the wider conservation community and the public.
A big thank you to all of our amazing presenters who showcased some world-class research and conservation initiatives from across the globe.
We hope to see you all again next year for #WBTC2!
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.