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2017 Prague, Czech Republic

Key Info

Conference Dates
15/09/17 — 18/09/17

Registration Dates
29/04/17 — 31/07/17

Abstract Submission Dates
29/04/17 — 31/07/17

Attendance Fees
Members €60.00
Non-Members €102.00

The conference is organised by the members of Czech Wader Study Group and by the staff of the University of Life Sciences in Prague.

If you need anything, don’t hesitate to contact main organisers via conference@waderstudygroup.org.

Early wader conference fee €60 for registrations made before June 30.

Location

The venue is located in the campus of the University of Life Sciences in Prague (N 50.130249, E 14.373349). The place is on the North-Eastern edge of Czech capital, but it offers very calm and friendly environment for the conference. Moreover, there is a perfect traffic reachability to the airport, city center, or the Prague ZOO.

Campus itself facilitate several pubs, large accommodation capacities and everything what conference needs including modern auditoriums and sufficient space for social life of the IWSG community. In the case of sunny autumn days, the place is good for walks and relaxing in the parks of the campus too.

Flights

Fly to the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague. From the Airport, use public transport. Way to the venue takes about 45 minutes and it costs approximately 1.3 EUR (tickets is possible to buy in the automatic machines at the bus stops, or via sms – depicted at the bus station). Easiest way is usage of the bus line number 119 to the Nádraží Veleslavín station. Then change to the underground and continue to the Dejvická station (direction to Depo Hostivař). Alternatively you can use bus number 119 only to Divoká Šárka station and then use tram number 20 or 26 going down to Dejvická station with first glimpse of Prague and surrounding. At Dejvická station change to the bus again, and use bus line number 107 or 147 going to the Zemědělská Univerzita station. Campus begins just beside this stop and conference signs will start from this point. Alternatively you can use taxi.

Grasslands of Prague airport represent the last breeding place of Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) in the whole Czech Republic. You can see this breeding ground as well as konference venue during your landing.

Maps of these transfers will be provided with the pre-conference information during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Trains and buses

To travel from many European countries, you can also use a train or international buses (e.g. Regiojet – this is very cheap option https://www.regiojet.com/en/). Both alternatives do take not more than 45 minutes of additional traveling through Prague.

By train, you will arrive probably to the Prague main station “Praha hlavní nádraží”. From this place you should use an underground (line “C” or “red line”) to move one station to the Muzeum station, where you have to change to the green line (or line “A”) and continue to the Dejvická station. There you will take the bus number 107 or 147, and continue right into the “Zemědělská univerzita” station, the conference venue.

By bus, you will most probably arrive to the Florenc station (in case of another final stop, please contact us, and we will help you with appropriate way to the conference venue). From the Florenc use the yellow line (line “B”) of the underground to the “Můstek” station, or red line (line “C”) to the “Muzeum” station, and then switched to the green line (line “A”), and continue to the “Dejvická” station. Then take bus line 107 or 147 to the “Zemědělská univerzita” station, the conference venue.

Car
You can also arrive by car, there is a possibility of parking directly in the campus.

The cheaper alternative of accommodation, hopefully sufficient for most of delegates will take place in student’s dormitories, placed directly in the university campus. All rooms are two-beds, whereas toilets and showers are mostly shared by two neighboring rooms (but see specification in the registration form).
More luxury, but also more expensive alternative is hotel “Galaxie” (http://www.hotelgalaxie.cz/cs), placed no more than 200 meters from the campus. For those, who would like to enjoy the stay in the Prague for longer period, there exists possibility to use these accommodation capacities also for some other nights after the conference. If you are interested in this option, try to book conference and accommodation as soon as possible, please!

Thursday 14th September     Delegates arrival (pm)
Friday 15th September           Workshops
Saturday 16th September      AGM, Conference presentations, social evening
Sunday 17th September         Conference presentations, conference close
Monday 18th September       Excursions (all day or half day options)

Currently, we have two workshops planned. In case you wish to contribute to the workshop content, please contact Vojtěch Kubelka (kubelkav@gmail.com).

Northern Lapwing 
There will be a workshop held on advances in conservation related ecology and conservation of  Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Eurasian Curlew
This workshop aims to assemble reseach results and reseachers working with Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata).

If you have any additional workshop ideas and an initiative to lead one, please let us know.

Excursion 1

Rozkoš – beyond the pleasure

Rozkoš reservoar (in English Pleasure or Delight) is one of the largerst water bodies within the country situated near Jaroměř in East Bohemia, 1.5 hour drive from Prague and it is the best place for waders in the whole Czech Republic. You would be surprised how many species of waders you can meet far away from coasts. Thirty-nine species of waders have been recorded here including Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius), American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) or Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis). Red Knots (Calidris canutus), Ruddy Turnstones (Areanaria interpres) and Sanderlings (Calidris alba) – very rare in the middle of Europe are regularly met here and mid September is the best season!

During the excursion we will see that even in the inland country in specific habitat you can meet quite wide variety of shorebirds. We will visit Rozkoš reservoir and our observations will be highlighted with Meopta optic exhibition. Meopta is Czech optic brand acknowledged worldwide and producing the top-class binoculars and scopes for affordable prices. You will have an opportunity to try them in the field on your own! Lunch will be served in restaurant nearby and the during the way, we will see the agri-environmental scheme for Northern Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) at arable land and we will stop at Milovice – old military area with Aurochs, Eurasian Bisons and wild horses.
If you want to enjoy the pleasure, don’t hesitate to join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excursion 2

České Budějovice Basin

České Budějovice basin is placed in the Southern Bohemia, 1.5 hours drive from Prague. It hosts one of the most preserved rural landscapes in the Czech Republic, including wast pond systems! Although large areas of natural habitats, as wet meadows were during last decades degraded and fragmented, this piece of land still attracts many interesting bird species, as well as birdwatchers. It is a last regular breeding site of the Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) in whole Czech Republic. Apart from waders, this district hosts breeding Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia), Little Egrets (Egretta gartetta), White-tailed Eagles (Halliaetus albicilla) , and in 2016 even the Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis).

During our excursion we will visit ponds and other habitats, selected by up to date presence of shorebird and/or waterbird species. You will hopefully see a lot of migrating shorebirds, ducks, and other bird species. Moreover, we would like to present you localities with implemented Agri-environmental scheme adjusted exactly for breeding of the Norther Lapwing at arable land, and other forms of the conservational management. Meopta exhibition will be here as well. We hope, that you will enjoy birds, as well as genius loci of this traditional rural piece of land!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excursion 3

Prague Zoo

Prague Zoological Garden is situated near the center of the Czech capital, in a unique rugged landscape on the bank of the Vltava River. It opened in 1931 and during its existence of more than 85 years it has risen to become one of the most prestigious zoos in the world. Today it is the second most visited tourist destination in the Czech Republic, just after Prague Castle.

During our guided walk, we will see Elephant valley with sizable herd of Asian Elephants, we will visit pavilion of Gorillas or Przewalski wild horses’ corral. Prague Zoo is home for many endangered species, for example Chinese Giant Salamander or Gharial, one of the most endangered crocodiles in the world. There are large aviaries and we will meet waders as well for sure.

 

Excursion 4

Prague ‘s birds: unusual bird-watching experience

The excursion will bring you to the bird-watching hot spots within Prague. Spotting (searching) birds sometimes hidden by the artists and architects on facades, in sculptures or on fresco’s will also allow you to see both popular and less popular sites of Prague. You will also hear stories and learn about the symbolism behind such Prague’s birds. You may come out of this trip with some lifers (new species) on your bird list. Same to any bird-watching trip, binoculars may prove handy, and rain-coat in case of rain too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excursion 5

Prague city

The tour of Prague is a perfect way for those short on time to experience my city at its very best and get to see all the crucial aspects of Prague in one comprehensive yet leisurely tour. Providing the ultimate Prague experience is my intention and our rich program includes a relaxing river cruise and delicious lunch.

We will start on Wenceslas Square in the heart of the New Town and continue with a walking tour of the historical Old Town before joining our riverboat for a cruise of the river Vltava, during which you will be invited to relax over complimentary drinks and take in the sights from a different perspective.

Following a tour of the mysterious Jewish Ghetto, we continue to a famous 17th century restaurant where you will be treated to an excellent traditional Czech three course lunch with drinks. After lunch we join our classic tram to take in some of Prague’s key monuments and enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the city as we ride up through the picturesque Lesser Quarter before reaching the iconic Prague Castle. A fascinating tour of the castle environs is concluded with a short walk to the famous Charles Bridge, Marking the end of our fantastic and fascinating journey.

Of course, we would prefer if everybody could make it to the conference in person, but in case you are not able to come, you can still share your results by sending a .pdf of your poster to us, we will do the rest.

The option is only valid for members of the IWSG.

For conditions and more information, please contact the conference team (conference@waderstudygroup.org).

Last year in Ireland we organised a silent auction for the first time. As it created a very fun atmosphere, we decided to try again this year. So, if you wish to donate something, be it a mug with a picture of a Whimbrel on it or a scope that’s been standing in a corner for a decade, please take it with you to Prague and we’ll make it a thing everybody wants to have.
The benefit of the auction will be used to fund the IWSG Small Projects Grants.

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Account owner: Vojtěch Kubelka

IBAN: CZ20 3030 0000 0011 7977 5037

Account number for Czech payments: 1179775037/3030

BIC: AIRACZPP

Bank name: Air Bank a.s.

Bank address: Evropská 2690/17, 160 00 Praha 6

 

 

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