Inaugural Meeting – Wilhelmshaven 2014

The inaugural meeting of the Migrant Landbirds Study Group (MLSG) will be held at the Institute for Avian Research in Wilhelmshaven, Germany 26th to 28th March 2014.

The meeting will be themed ‘Migratory landbirds: research, monitoring and conservation’. Presentations by four invited keynote speakers (further details to follow) will be followed by themed workshops focussing on identifying research synergies, building research networks and identifying key knowledge gaps, particularly those that are necessary to advance conservation action for this suite of species.

Participation at the meeting is limited to only 80 participants, who will be required to cover their own costs of attendance.


Registration is now open. Please use the Booking Form to register and pay. You can use a credit card or your Paypal balance.

Getting to the Institute for Avian Research

The nearest international airport is Bremen. After a bus/taxi ride to the train station, trains to Wilhelmshaven are regular and take 1.5-2 hours. Visit Deutsche Bahn for timetables.

Once in Wilhelmshaven, local maps for the conference can be downloaded here. The local bus timetable can downloaded here.

Organising committee

The meeting is being organised by the following people: Franz Bairlein (venue), Danae Sheehan (program), Phil Atkinson (website, payments etc) and Rien van Wijk (publicity/social media). To contact us send an email to and it will be copied to all of us and the appropriate person will respond.

Provisional Programme

Wednesday 26 March

17h00 Brief introduction to the MLSG concept. Dr Danae Sheehan (RSPB) and Dr Borja Heredia (CMS).
17h30 Keynote speaker 1: Topic – Introduction to the broad themes of the MLSG in the context of the CMS AEMLAP. Prof. Franz Bairlein (Institute for Avian Research).

19h00 Dinner

Thursday 27 March

08h30 Welcome and interactive discussion on the MLSG concept
09h30 Keynote speaker 2: Topic – Breeding season studies. (tbc)

10h30 Coffee/tea break

11h00 Round table discussions/break out groups: Breeding season studies – main issues and knowledge gaps
12h30 Reportage

13h00 Lunch

14h00 Keynote speaker 3: Topic – Migration studies. Kasper Thorup (University of Copehagen).

15h00 Coffee/tea

15h00 Round table discussions/break out groups: Migration studies – main issues and knowledge gaps
16h30 Reportage
17h00 MLSG Inaugural General Meeting

19h00 Dinner

Friday 28 March

09h00 Welcome and feedback from MLSG
09h30 Keynote speaker 4: Topic – Non-breeding season studies. Dr Will Cresswell (University of St Andrews).

10h30 Coffee/tea

11h00 Round table discussions/break out groups: Non-breeding season studies – main issues and knowledge gaps
12h30 Reportage
13h00 Summing up and forward planning

13h30 Lunch and depart