The 18th International Bat Research Conference will be held between 28 July and 1 August 2019, at Phuket, Thailand. The meeting is co-hosted by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, and the Harrison Institute, UK.
Each year the bat research community becomes larger and larger with new disciplines and new expertise. As methods of research become yet more sophisticated, we find ever more new taxa and ever more new and fascinating facts about these taxa. For sure, we are in a new age of discovery.
However, despite all our skills and knowledge, it remains painfully clear that all over the world the abundance and diversity of bats is being threatened by human activities as never before.
It is hoped that this meeting will bring together new, innovative ideas about the future of bat research and most importantly the future of bat conservation. These ideas will hopefully be many and varied – new and imaginative approaches to landscape ecology or bat disease programmes or to education and outreach or to surveying and monitoring. Maybe they will involve looking at extinction rates in the fossil record, or genetics or taxonomy focused on at risk taxa or taxa within at risk habitats. The choice, of course, is yours.
For information, please see the conference website (click here).