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Nest Construction & Function 2015 Conference

Posted on 29. July, 2015.

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Location: Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
Wednesday 9th September 2015 to Friday 11th September 2015
Hosted by Dr Charles Deeming, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK

This meeting will be the second international conference that focuses on the many aspects of nest construction and function in birds. The meeting is open to all scientists and researchers dealing with nests and will include talks from a few invited speakers from around the world. In addition, there will be ample time for delegates to present 15 minute talks on any subject associated with nest construction and function. Posters will be accommodated and time dedicated to allow delegates to peruse these presentations at leisure. It is anticipated that much of the talks will involve non-invited speakers. All aspects of nest function will be considered at the meeting, including the following themes: Factors determining nest location; Significance of construction materials; Nest construction; Methods and cognition; Factors affecting nest construction; Micro-climate within nests; Functional properties of nests and materials during incubation and rearing; Nests are signals; Evolution of nesting environments.

Although the main focus of the conference will be bird nests, presentations that deal with other taxa will be considered so long as talks or posters make direct comparison with avian bird nests.

The proceedings will be published in full in book form as soon after the meeting as is possible (depending on prompt submission of full papers by participants) and each delegate will receive a copy as part of the fees.

The meeting will be held over three days at the modern city centre campus of the University of Lincoln (, in the East of England. Lincoln is well connected by road and rail to other parts of the UK and has a 11th Century castle and the third largest cathedral in Britain in a medieval street layout based on an old Roman settlement.

Fees for the meeting are £250 per delegate, which will cover Registration, a printed copy of the Proceedings, all refreshments, a reception and a conference dinner. Bona fide students will pay a reduced rate of £180. Access to accommodation is not directly provided but delegates can book on-line a variety of hotel and guest house options.

More details about the meeting and Lincoln can be found at

More details of the proceedings of the previous meeting can be found at the following links…