The European Vulture Conference will be Europe's largest gathering of vulture conservationists and researchers from Europe and beyond, in the beautiful region of Algarve between 1 to 4 October.
Experts will be discussing some of the latest research in the field, including one of our keynote speakers, Professor Ran Nathan. Ran will be shaping the conversation with his cutting-edge research in this area and sharing his work on the movement ecology of vultures.
Movement Ecology Lab
Prof. Ran Nathan is the founder and head of the Movement Ecology Lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. The Movement Ecology Lab was conceived to integrate the study of the different movement ecology phenomena. To achieve this, the Lab combines fieldwork with modelling tools that analyse various movements such as foraging, dispersal, migration and other plant and animal movements, mostly birds, both in Israel and abroad. Furthermore, the Lab uses a conceptual framework that was introduced by Ran and his team that helps provide a broader understanding of movement across all taxonomic groups. For example, in the case of birds is to study the drivers of inter-continental bird migration and the implications for individuals and ecosystems.
His work with vultures
As pioneers in the field of movement ecology, we are glad that Ran and his multidisciplinary team have studied movement dynamics with vultures! Their work ranges from assessing alternative explanations for long movements of vulture species to exploring factors influencing foraging search efficiency and discovering that adult vultures outperform juveniles in thermal soaring conditions. Their research brought new insights into the vulture movement ecology field, further understanding of how vultures interact with their surrounding environments. We are very excited to hear about this first hand when Ran Nathan delivers his keynote presentation at our conference!
Final call for abstracts
Do you want to share your vulture conservation work among the leading experts in the vulture conservation field?
There is still the chance to submit an abstract for inclusion in the final programme, whether you want to present a poster, standard 15-20 minute talk or a five-minute speedy talk.
The abstract submission deadline has passed. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an abstract. The scientific committee will now check all abstracts and get back to the first-author if the abstract was accepted for presentation or not by the end of June.
We will shortly be able to present you with a more detailed program. Please don't forget to register for the conference if you have not done so.
The European Vulture Conference
For four days in October, we will be bringing together scientists, conservationists and the public in the Algarve, Portugal for an international congress looking at the latest research and conservation of vultures in Europe and beyond, in our first European Vulture Conference. On the last day of the conference, we will venture out and explore the local nature. The Algarve is known for its wetlands, woodlands and other habitats that are rich in biodiversity, so get ready for a fantastic day out in nature!