Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Following up on the successful MLSG symposia at EOU2015 in Badajoz and PAOC2016 in Dakar, we are ready for another dose of inspiring community-building preceding EOU2017 in Turku from August 17th-18th.

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 workshops and group discussions.

Suggestions for workshops and discussion themes can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you plan to convene a Species Working Group Meeting on Thursday, 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.


Program (more details will follow)


Thursday - August 17th


08:15 - 08:30 Arrival

08:30 - 09:00 Word of welcome by MLSG

09:00 - 12:00 Keynote lectures (invited speakers, to be announced later)

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 18:00 Parallel sessions

Workshops (e.g. visualization of bird tracks in R; Ethics and best practices for tracking birds; ...)

confirmed: GIS in R, Networking

Species Working Group meetings

confirmed: Whinchat Meeting to bring together researchers currently engaged in or seeking to commence whinchat research

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


Friday - August 18th


08:00 - 12:00 Speed talks (open to all participants, in case we cannot meet demand we prioritize young researchers and researchers from low-income countries)

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Plenary lecture: identifying important questions for migrant landbird conservation

14:30 - 16:45 Group discussions (open for suggestions)

confirmed: discussion on the potential of a research group on migrants in the humid, woodland savannah region of West-Africa

16:45 - 17:30 MLSG meeting: state of affairs, future prospects and new ExCo members

17:30 - 18:00 Closing seminar


Cost and Registration

Two days Friday only
Members, students and participants from low-income countries 50 EUR 30 EUR
Other non-members 70 EUR 40 EUR


Price includes participation in the symposium, lunches and coffee breaks. If you are not an MLSG member yet, you can apply for membership at www.migrantlandbirds.org and profit from the membership rates. Registration and payment for the symposium will be possible from March 1st 2017 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 2017.



During registration for the EOU conference you will be able to book accommodation for the MLSG symposium as well.


We are looking forward to meeting you in Turku this summer!


Kind regards,



Carles Carboneras, Samantha Franks, Rien van Wijk, Lykke Pedersen, Mathilde Lerche-Jørgensen, Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, Danielle van Oijen, Will Cresswell and Wouter Vansteelant


PS: this announcement can also be downloaded as pdf for distribution here