2021 Virtual Conference

Key Info

Conference Dates
08/10/21 — 10/10/21

Registration Dates
21/06/21 — 07/10/21

Abstract Submission Dates
21/06/21 — 16/08/21

Attendance Fees
Members €20.00
Non-Members €20.00

The IWSG annual conference 2021 will be held online.

The meeting will take place from the 8th until the 10th of October.

The main format of the conference will be similar to the one last year: we will use the Zoom Webinar to host the meeting and ask presenters to submit pre-recorded talks for a smooth running of the conference. Upon agreement with the presenter, the talks will also be available for viewing for a limited time after the conference. While a virtual conference cannot replace the social aspect of a face-to-face meeting, we intend to offer more possibilities for interactions this year.

If you have any questions regarding our annual meetings, please contact us via


Friday 8th Oct

afternoon                             Workshop “Water management for wet meadows under climate change

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th Oct  – main conference: IWSG2021 – Conference programme

The full conference programme and abstract book will be published by 25th September.

Water management for wet-meadows under climate change

For agricultural reasons, wet meadows were drained and consequently lost or made less attractive as breeding grounds for breeding waders. Water management for meadow breeding waders, mostly via water retention during winter, has been an efficient conservation measure. Recently, through the changing climate these areas are now facing drier springs, different wind conditions, altered precipitation and water sources dry out quicker during spring meaning they are not available anymore for waders’ offspring. Through this accelerated drying-out process, the vegetation grows up quicker, arthropods develop faster and earthworms retreat into deeper soil layers, which are all too early in the views of breeding waders. Adapted management strategies need to be addressed to allow waders to successfully raise their offspring. Irrigation systems for early spring re-wetting are necessary, as “simple” winter flooding is not sufficient anymore.

In this workshop, we would like to profit from the recent experiences of water management experts and collect solutions for the future management of wet meadows.

This workshop is organised by Yves Bötsch, Michael-Otto-Institut im NABU. A more detailed programme will be published soon. If you have further questions, please contact Yves via Email:

IWSG Conference competition for tracking studies – NOW CLOSED

Hunan Global Messenger Technology Co., Ltd. (HQXS) is sponsoring the IWSG Conference 2021 by giving away six GSM/GPS transmitters to one conference participant.

“Hunan Global Messenger Technology Co., Ltd. was established in 2014. It is a high-tech enterprise focusing on wild animal tracking technology research and development, product customization and big data services. We provide personalized and professional wildlife satellite tracking products, data services and integrated solutions.” Read more about the company and their products at:

How to win the transmitters?
Enter your project idea in the application form: Please keep the answers to all questions brief, with a maximum of 200 words per question.

The applications will be assessed based on the significance and purpose of the project, novelty of the research question, and the feasibility of acheiving the goals of the study. The applications will be anonymised and voted on by a joint IWSG & HQXS committee.

The winner of the grant will be awarded all six tags and can choose the specific tag model from the HQXS selection based on their needs. The winner of the grant is expected to refer to HQXS in any scientific output based on the study and present the study results at an IWSG conference.

Entry to the competition is limited to conference participants and current members of the IWSG.
How to become a member?
Please see:

Please submit your application by the 15th of September 2021.

Oral presentation

Length: 13 min talk + 2 min for questions.

Please pre-record your talk using any preferred software. The most commonly used softwares are PowerPoint and Zoom (download the helpful instruction on how to record a talk in Zoom made by OSME).
When recording the talk, please make sure you also appear on the video.

Please submit your pre-recorded talk to, preferably via a file transfer service (e.g., WeTransfer), by the 1st of October.

Poster presentation

Format: landscape + 30-second introductory video.

The posters will be uploaded on Slack in indivudual channels to ease the discussion between the presenter and other delegates. With the poster, we ask you to submit a 30-second video where you can introduce yourself & the topic covered on the poster and invite people to see your poster on Slack.

Please submit your poster and the 30-second video to, preferably via a file transfer service (e.g., WeTransfer), by the 1st of October.

Please login or register (you can use the buttons at the top of the page) to access the conference registration form.