Our annual conference

The IWSG Annual Conference is one of the highlights of the year for anyone interested in waders, shorebird science and conservation. In a different European country each year, the conference usually spans a weekend in September or October. We pride ourselves in running friendly conferences attended by ringers, students, wader enthusiasts and conservationist biologists. Each conference includes 2 days of lectures, poster sessions, local excursions, plus one or more workshops on special themes. Recent workshops have included: lowland wader trends, conservation status of the Numeniini, oystercatcher species around the world. Of course, there’s also plenty of time to meet friends old and new.

Listed below are details of our upcoming conference and an archive of our previous conferences back to 1996. Details of conferences during 1975–1995 can be found here.

The International Wader Study Group also encourages its members to take part in other shorebird group meetings to further strengthen the collaboration in the conservation and research of the wader world. For more information, please visit the page of the next Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group Meeting.

Donations to support delegates of Low Income Countries are very welcome. Please contact the IWSG Treasurer if you want to make a donation.

2019 Morecambe, UK

2018 Workum, the Netherlands

2017 Prague, Czech Republic

2016 Trabolgan, Ireland

2015 Ásbrú, Reykjanesbær, Iceland

2014 Haapsalu, Estonia

2013 Wilhelmshaven, Germany

2012 Séné, Golfe du Morbihan, France

2011 Strathpeffer, Scotland

2010 Lisboa, Portugal