Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 New Zealand Bird Conference - Call for Abstracts and Instructions

Scientific Days

Scientific days will be on 1st and 2nd of June where the results of research on birds will be presented orally, or as posters.  Expressions of interest from members and non-members who wish to present a paper or a poster are welcomed.  Parallel sessions for presentations are not being arranged.  There are several invited plenary talks, each of 40 minutes.  Proffered talks will be of 12 minutes long with an additional 3 minutes for questions (total, 15 minutes).  A poster session will be arranged that enables presenters to make mini-talks, each of 3 minutes (without questions). Abstracts of talks and posters should be submitted no later than 19th April 2019.

Scientific Days Contact:  Geoff de Lisle, conference@osnz.org.nz    Phone:  (04) 527 0929,  027 211 0029. 

The conference will be divided into several themes (see below); presenters may nominate the theme for their talk. Presentations and posters on other ornithological topics are welcome.

  • Birds New Zealand projects and programmes  
  • Conservation management
  • Auckland Islands     
  • Physiology and reproduction   
  • Birds of forests, riverbeds, wetlands and shorelines
  • Wellington Region birds
  • Old Bones and Ancient DNA
  • Genetics and taxonomy
  • Seabirds – Northern and Southern

Instructions for Oral Presentations, Posters, the Submission of Abstracts and Photographs

  1. Oral presentations
    Preference may be given to selecting oral presentations from Birds New Zealand members.  These should describe achievements and the results of research activities rather than proposals or planned future work.  Proffered talks will be strictly limited to a length of 12 minutes with an additional 3 minutes for questions.

    Talks will be presented using MS ‘PowerPoint’ on PC-based projection equipment.  If you are a Mac user, you must ensure that your presentation is fully functional on a PC; if your Mac presentation does not work the talk will be dropped out and won’t be presented.  Please bring talks on a USB stick and hand these to the Conference Manager, preferably at the start of the conference.

  2. Posters
    A poster session will enable presenters to make mini-talks, each of 3 minutes, and without questions.  Posters will be attached to the walls of the Kauri Room (the main hall conference hall) for the duration of the conference and may cover any aspects of ornithology.  Posters will be attached to walls using ‘blu-tak’. 

    Each poster presentation should should comprise no more than three slides. Posters should be prepared in size A0 (841 mm × 1189 mm) in portrait orientation. Advice concerning the presentation of posters is given in “10 Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation”:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1876493/   

  3. Abstracts
    Abstracts of accepted papers will be printed in the conference abstract booklet and will later be published in ‘Notornis’.  Only the abstracts of registered participants will be included in the conference proceedings. Please submit abstracts by 19 April 2019 as an email attachment to conference@osnz.org.nz   Print ‘abstract-FIRST AUTHOR LAST NAME’ in the subject line of your email.  The organising committee reserves the right to determine the suitability of abstracts for presentations.

    Please use Arial bold 14 point for the title, Arial 11 point for the text of the abstract, single line spacing, single space between sentences and fully justified.  Title, Do no use scientific names, no period at end, 20 words maximum.   Authors, First author in bold; use superscript numbers to indicate each author’s address.  Addresses, Physical address followed by email address for all authors.  Body of abstract, 250 words maximum for the body of text.  Please indicate if the first author is a student.  Abstracts will be edited to ensure that formatting follows these guidelines.  Refer to the Birds New Zealand website for examples of abstracts: https://www.osnz.org.nz/publications/Conference%20Abstracts 

  4. Photographs
    Photographs can be submitted in either colour, or black and white.  Each photograph must be submitted in A4 size, mounted on light card and preferably in landscape orientation.  The name and contact details of the photographer must not appear on the photograph.  Each photograph will be numbered when it is submitted and displayed

Please contact the organizers if you have specific questions:  conference@osnz.org.nz