Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Following up on the successful MLSG symposia at EOU2015 in Badajoz, PAOC2016 in Dakar & EOU2017 in Turku, we are ready for another dose of inspiring community-building preceding EOU2019 in Cluj-Napoca on August 24th-25th. The aim of the MLSG is to promote collaborative research to help advance flyway-scale understanding of and conservation actions for migrant landbirds, especially along the African-Eurasian Flyways. We believe knowledge-sharing is essential to achieve this. Thus, during our symposium, we will actively engage all attendants to partake in a dynamic program of presentations, workshops and group discussions.

Program (more details will follow)

Saturday – August 24th

08:15 – 08:45  Arrival

08:45 – 09:00  Word of welcome by MLSG

09:00 – 10:20  Keynote lectures session 1

10:20 – 11:00  Coffee

11:00 – 12:40  Keynote lectures session 2

12:40 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 18:00  Parallel sessions

  • Workshop 1 Geolocators – maximising data recovery and new ways to analyse and illustrate your data to get the most from it
  • Workshop 2 Remote Sensing – data availability, ground truthing and new ways to combine it efficiently with your bird data
  • Workshop 3 Non-breeding ecology of migrants – what we know and what we want to know. With special attention on how to address this in terms of practical future field studies in Africa.
  • Species Working Group meetings (as per participant request – an opportunity for any species working groups (e.g. last conference it was whinchats and turtle doves) to convene a meeting. If you plan to convene a Species Working Group meeting on Saturday, please contact the organizing committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can reserve a space for you.


18:00 – 20:00  Drinks (venue to be announced)

Sunday – August 25th

09:00 –  10:15      Speed talks 1 (open to all participants, in case we cannot meet demand we will prioritize young researchers and researchers from low-income countries)

10:15 – 11:00  Coffee

11:00 – 12:30  Speed talks 2

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 –  15:15      Plenary lecture (3 speakers, one for each main flyway): differences across global flyways, and discussion

15:15 –  15:45      Coffee

15:45 –  16:45     Group discussions – identifying priorities in landbird research

16:45 –  17:15      Group discussions reporting back to group

17:15 –  17:45      MLSG meeting: state of affairs, future prospects and new ExCo members; close

Costs and Registration

Members, students and participants from low-income countries 35 EUR
Other non-members 50 EUR

Price includes participation in the symposium and coffee breaks. There are several restaurants (4-10 EUR/lunch) close to the venue. If you are not an MLSG member yet, you can apply for membership at and profit from the membership rates. Registration, talk submission (we hope that all participants, especially new researchers, will do a speed talk to achieve the networking aims of the MLSG). We are expecting everyone will do a short introduction to their question, species studied and who they are. If you are not happy with giving a talk please indicate on registration. If we have space we will timetable everyone for a speed talk; if not we will prioritise early career researchers and those that have submitted a title. Payment for the symposium will be possible from March 15th 2019 onwards through the EOU registration website:  

Travel grant

Participants that live and work in a low-income country may be eligible to apply for one of five MLSG travel grants of 200EUR and free attendance to the MLSG symposium.  If you are interested in obtaining a travel grant, please send a short description of your work and motivation to attend the symposium to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15 2019.


During registration for the EOU conference you will be able to book accommodation for the MLSG symposium as well.  Most important thing is to get to Cluj-Napoca for Friday night August 23rd so you will be there for the weekend pre-conference symposium.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Cluj-Napoca this summer!

Kind regards,
The MLSG ExCo 

Wieland Heim, Janne Ouwehand, Ivan Maggini, Carles Carboneras, , Rien van Wijk, Lykke Pedersen, Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, Will Cresswell and Wouter Vansteelant

A PDF of this announcement can be found here