National Bat Conference 2020 Online - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2020

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are holding the National Bat Conference 2020 online and hope that this will enable even more people will be able to join us!

Booking is now open! Click here to book your place for the online conference only

Conference ticket prices (BCT member/non-member)

  • Weekend ticket (both days) £110/£120
  • One day ticket (Saturday or Sunday) £65/£70
  • One day talks and discussion panel (no workshop) £40/£45
  • One day workshop session (Saturday or Sunday) £25/£30

All tickets also include access to the event app, networking opportunities and the virtual exhibition. We also plan to make recordings of the sessions available to participants after the event.

Bat Fest multi-tickets are also available if you would like to attend all of BCT's events during Bat Fest.

Click here to book your Bat FestMulti-ticket

If you have already booked a conference ticket and would like to upgrade to a Bat Fest multi-ticket email

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National Bat Conference - usually held in person

The National Bat Conference is the biggest event in the bat calendar - a weekend of exciting talks, workshops and networking. The conference is an opportunity to learn about the new discoveries in the world of bat conservation, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Draft Programme - please note the timezone is BST

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Conference programme

Booking is now open!

Click here to book your place for the online conference


Saturday 5 September

09:30 - Arrival and networking

10:00 - Welcome and talks

11:20 - Break

11:50 - Talk and panel discussion

12:50 - Lunch and networking

13:50 - Talk and workshops

15:50 - Wrap up and optional networking/open space discussions

Sunday 6 September

09:30 - Arrival and networking

10:00 - Welcome and highlights from yesterday

10:15 - Workshops

11:50 - Break

12:20 - Talk and panel discussion

13:15 - Lunch and networking

14:15 - Talks

15:45 - Wrap up and optional networking

Event App

To facilitate networking during the online event, we are introducing a BCT Events app which will be available on Apple, Android and web-based. It will have a range of functionality that we hope will provide new dimensions to our event and also provide ways to engage with our exhibitors and sponsors.

Booking is now open!

Click here to book your place for the online conference

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Wildlife Acoustics - Co-sponsor

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We are grateful to Wildlife Acoustics who are co-sponsoring the National Bat Conference 2020.

We still have a range of new packages available, including a virtual stand on the event app, as well as opportunities to engage with the conference attendees directly.

If you are interested in supporting the National Bat Conference or any other BCT events, please get in touch, email

Additional Events

The BCT AGM and the Bat Worker's Forum will take place online this year. Further details to follow.

The Consultant's Forum will take place online this year independently of the conference. It provides an opportunity for consultant ecologists to come together to hear updates and discuss issues with their peers and BCT.


During the conference programme we 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

We will also hear from the Winner of the Kate Barlow Award which aims to encourage postgraduate students to conduct a substantive bat research project and to honour the late Dr Kate Barlow's contribution to bat conservation.

Any queries about the conference, please email


For details of the National Bat Conference Bursaries, please contact Colin Morris by emailing

The National Bat Conference will return in person in 2021

Next year, we plan to gather in person for the National Bat Conference 2021 and hope you will be able to join us. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

The National Bat Conference 2019 took place 6-8 September 2019 at the University of Nottingham.

We were delighted that Professor Emma Teeling (University College Dublin) gave the Keynote this year and loved hearing from all our speakers.

You can view videos of some of the talks on our YouTube channel.

Find out more about the conference highlights by searching #NatBatConf

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