International seabird conference comes to Liverpool

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Seabird conference

The University's conferences & events team are celebrating the success of the 14th International Seabird Group Conference, which welcome an international audience of over 200 to the campus, and keynote speakers from McGill University, Canada), Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies and Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

The conference included a workshop on using drones, or UAVS, in seabird research and monitoring. The University's Dr. Green recently worked with the BBC’s `The One Show’ on an experiment that used drone equipment to count the coastal cormorant colony on Puffin Island, off Anglesey.

The 14th International Seabird Group Conference made use of our central campus facilities - with the Central Teaching Hub welcoming over 200 international delegates. Facilities used included the G-Flex flat floor space, adjacent lecture space in the Chadwick Building, and the Guild of Students for dining. Delegates made use of our en suite premier rooms in Crown Place. 

Dr Jonathan A Green, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology - School of Environmental Sciences, at the University of Liverpool commented "I would like to offer a big thank you to you and your team for your help with the event. Delegate after delegate praised the venue, food, convenience and low cost of the hosting arrangement at the University. We were very happy indeed with how things worked out both with the practicalities of hosting and the actual conference itself. The Central Teaching Hub was really good for entertaining and we enjoyed working in the space. The exhibitors described their space as ‘perfect’ in such proximity to the posters and the refreshments areas."

Marcus Wilson, Head of Commercial Marketing at the University, added: “The Seabird Conference is a great example of how the University of Liverpool can organise an international conference effectively on campus. Our team worked in collaboration with the organising team to ensure another high profile conference for the University and city was a success from start to finish."  

The Seabird Group was founded in 1966 to promote and help coordinate the study and conservation of seabirds. The group has a rich history of seabird census work, and continues to provide support to seabird research projects across the globe. The conference was on twitter @SEG_UL and with the hashtag #Seabirds18