Call for Workshops & Training Opportunities

American Ornithological Society & BirdsCaribbean 2022

We seek a varied suite of proposals for workshops and training opportunities at the 2022 joint conference of the American Ornithological Society and BirdsCaribbean (AOS & BC 2022), with local hosts Para la Naturaleza and Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 27 June–2 July 2022. Our aim is to provide workshops and training opportunities that cover a wide range of timely topics highlighting exciting advances in ornithological research, management, education, and conservation and will be of interest to a wide audience, from agency staff to early-career ornithologists. For this conference in particular, we recommend that proposals include instructors or volunteers who are fluent in both English and Spanish to increase the accessibility of the event.

Workshops are hands-on learning exercises where participants engage in a mix of lectures and activities, and leave with some new skill or knowledge set. Examples might include navigating new analytical software, exploring emerging ornithological techniques, and field techniques for invasive species management.  

Training opportunities are either lecture-based or involve a discussion panel, where the emphasis is more on the transfer of knowledge and less on hands-on training, and targeted towards larger audiences. 

AOS & BC 2022 will be an in-person conference with some online offerings. Organizers of workshops and training opportunities have the option to deliver their sessions either virtually or in-person. Virtual workshops/trainings will be scheduled for the week before the conference (20–24 June) and the in-person workshops/trainings will take place during the week of the scientific program, with most of them occurring on Monday, 27 June.

Timing and duration of workshops is flexible and may range from a single 90-minute session to multiple sessions that span several days. Organizers of virtual sessions are encouraged, however, we suggest limiting the duration of any single session to two hours or less. Advance registration is required for participation in all workshops and training opportunities.

Instructions for Submitting Proposals

Proposals must be submitted through the online AOS Member Portal. You will need to create a free account on the Member Portal if you do not already have one.

The submission deadline is 15 December 2021.

Proposals must include:

  • title of workshop or training opportunity
  • name and affiliation of instructor(s)
  • a one-sentence summary of objectives (< 300 characters)
  • overview of the workshop or training opportunity (< 1,500 characters)
  • brief statement of instructor expertise on the proposed topic
  • preferred number of participants (minimum, maximum) 
  • target audience
  • preferred format (in-person, virtual, or flexible)
  • proposed dates, times, and duration
  • anticipated total cost
  • proposed costs for participants
  • justification of costs

Questions?

Send questions to Evan Adams of the Scientific Program Committee, with the subject AOS & BC 2022 Workshop, via email to workshops@americanornithology.org.

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