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Australasian Bat Society 2018 Conference & AGM

Where: The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW, Australia


When: 3-6 April 2018


Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors: Open

Call for Registrations: Open

Call for Abstracts: 19 January to 17 February 2018

Early Bird Registrations Close: 9 February 2018

Normal Registrations Close: 7 March 2018

The Australasian Bat Society is proud to announce that its 18th biennial conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in Richmond NSW. As usual, we anticipate an exciting program of spoken and poster presentations on a wide range of bat-related topics to be presented by researchers, consultants, educators, wildlife carers and other bat enthusiasts from across the Australasian region. Abstracts are due by 17 February 2018.


The conference will be preceded by a half-day forum entitled 'Sydney bats: hidden treasures and flying icons'. This forum will focus on the fascinating bats of the Sydney area and will aim to appeal to a wider public audience as well as ABS members. Latest results and ideas will be presented on both microbats and flying-foxes by leading researchers, with an emphasis given to practical guidance for land managers and those who just want to know more about these secretive mammals.  


The formal conference program, coupled with an invigorating mix of social events, field sessions and informal discussions, will captivate and inform delegates about the latest information and news relating to bat conservation.


The conference is being held at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, in Richmond, NSW. Located at the foot of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the venue (Memorial Hall) is easily accessible by public transport (trains and buses) from Sydney.


Join us, and enjoy the natural beauty that the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains have to offer.


We look forward to seeing you!


Register now!


To register for the conference, social activities, field trips, and to book accommodation, please use the links below:

Social Activities Conference Registration Delegate Information Pack

Platinum sponsors

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Includes information for delegates on the conference location, and transport and accommodation options.

Field Trips Accommodation

If you are interested in being involved in the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor, please  contact the conference sponsorship coordinator

Conference program summary:


• Sydney bats forum: Tuesday 3 April (afternoon).


• Welcoming function: Tuesday 3 April (evening).


• Conference & AGM: Wednesday 4 April to Friday 6 April.


• Conference dinner: Thursday 5 April (evening).


• Post-conference field trip: Saturday 7 April to Sunday 8 April.

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