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Australasian Bat Society 2020 Conference & AGM

Where: The Distinction Hotel, Te Anau,

          South Island, New Zealand

When: 8-10 March 2020

Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors: Open

Call for Registration: Open

Call for Abstracts: Open (due 10 December 2019)

Early Bird Registrations Close: 10 December 2019

Normal Registrations Close: 31 January 2020

The Australasian Bat Society Inc. is proud to announce that its 19th biennial Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held at the Distinction Hotel in Te Anau, on the South Island of New Zealand, from 8 to 10 March 2020.


The conference will include an exciting program of talks and posters on a wide range of bat-related topics, presented by researchers, conservationists and other bat enthusiasts from across the Australasian region. The formal conference program, coupled with an invigorating mix of social events, field sessions, and informal discussions, will captivate and inform 100-140 conference delegates over the three-day conference and associated pre-conference welcoming function and post-conference field trip.


The conference is being held at the Distinction Hotel in Te Anau. The town of Te Anau is nestled on the south-eastern shore of Lake Te Anau, with a spectacular backdrop of beech forest clad mountains, and is the gateway to Fiordland National Park with vast wilderness areas and popular tourist destinations.


Join us, and enjoy the natural beauty that Te Anau and surrounds have to offer.


We look forward to seeing you!


Call for Registration and Abstracts - now open!

Registration and presentations on any topic of bat biology and conservation are invited for the 19th Australasian Bat Society, Inc. conference. Presentations may be in the form of a full-length talk, speed talk or a poster.  


Due to the wonderful generosity of our conference sponsors we are able to give a substantial discount on the registration fee for students, unemployed, retired and conservation volunteers.


Important links


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

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors


Bronze sponsors


Conference dates:


• Welcoming function: Saturday 7 March (evening).


• Conference & AGM: Sunday 8 March - Tuesday 10 March.


• Conference dinner: Sunday 8 March (evening).


• Post-conference field trip: Wednesday 11 March (night). 

The ‘short-tailed bat group’ limit for the field trip has now been reached. Limited spots for the 'long-tailed bat group' are available.

Call for Registration

Download information for delegates on the conference location, the events,

T-shirts and beanies for sale, and transport and accommodation options.

Conference Registration Social Activities Field Trip Abstracts

Use this link to register to attend the conference, social events and post-conference field trip, and purchase conference T-shirts and beanies.


Information about accommodation options in Te Anau and discounts offered for conference delegates.

Information about the scientific programme, including the types of presentations that will be considered and instructions for abstract submission.

Learn about about social activities, including the welcoming function, conference dinner and a guided walk at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

What you need to know before signing up for the post-conference field trip to Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley.

Travel Grants

Information about travel grants - who is eligible and how to apply.

Transport Options

Information about how to get to Te Anau.

For queries about registrations, please contact Catriona Gower


For queries about payments, please contact Pia Lentini


For general queries about the conference, please contact Gillian Dennis or Lindy Lumsden

Platinum sponsors

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