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National Bat Conference



The National Bat Conference 2018 will take place at University of Nottingham on Friday 7 - Sunday 9 September 2018.

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar and is usually held over a weekend in September. The event is comprised of a range of exciting talks, workshops and a conference dinner (with ceilidh!) on the Saturday evening. The event is an opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in the world of bat conservation, catchup with old friends and meet new ones.  The BCT AGM will also take place on Saturday 8 September at University of Nottingham. 

National Bat Conference 2018 Call for Abstracts

The National Bat Conference 2018 will take place on 7-9 September 2018 at the University of Nottingham, bringing together bat enthusiasts from across the country to discuss cutting-edge research, share best practice and develop their skills and knowledge.

The Programme Selection Team would like to invite the submission of abstracts, particularly around the following themes:

  • Advances in bat surveying and monitoring
  • Bat-human interactions
  • Bat behaviour
  • Habitat and landscape management for bats
  • Bats and diseases

If you have a suggestion that falls outside the themes, you are welcome to submit it in the same way for the Programme Selection Team to review.

Abstracts should be submitted as a Word or pdf document and emailed to: by 14 February 2018 with Abstract Submission in the subject line. Any queries please contact Naomi Webster, Training and Conferences Manager on 020 7820 7169 or email:


During the conference programme we will also present two awards: 

  • The Vincent Weir Scientific Award - This is awarded annually to a student at a UK-based institution who has made a significant contribution to research on the conservation biology of bats.
  • The Pete Guest Award - This award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation.


Previous Conferences

  • 2016 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2016 National Bat Conference 
  • 2015 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2015 National Bat Conference
  • 2014 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2014 National Bat Conference
  • 2013 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2013 National Bat Conference
  • 2012 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2012 National Bat Conference
  • 2011 Abstracts - abstracts of talks given at the 2011 National Bat Conference
  • 2010 Abstracts - abstract of talks given at the 2010 National Bat Conference


Find out more

Details of the Annual Bat Workers Forum

Information about the Pete Guest Award



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