Our group is organizing scientific meetings on timely and controversial topics related to bats. Find a list of past 'International Berlin Bat Meetings' below:

The 5th IBBM is over: We, as the organizing team, would like to thank all participants, especially the presenting authors. A special thanks to the keynote speakers for their wonderful lectures. 


The T.H.Kunz award (kindly supported by Wildlife Acoustics) for best student talk was given to: 


Lisa Lehnen (Greifswald University)


the second best student talk was presented by Nicole Foley (University College, Dublin)


and the third best student talk was presented by Laurel Yohe (Stony Brook University)


The award for the best poster was given to:


Oliver Lindecke (IZW)


The second price for best poster was awarded to Claude Kwe Yinda 


and the third price for best poster was awarded to David Jebb



We applaud and congratulate all students for their excellent presentations.

5th International Berlin Bat Meeting (24.-26.2.2017): Are bats special?

Sessions: Radiation and innovation in bats, bat flight, longevity, immunology and pathogens, vocaliations (Echolocation and vocal learning), bat conservation

Plenary speakers: Prof. Dr. Emma Teeling, Prof. Dr. Anders Hedenström, Prof. Dr. Jerry Wilkinson, Prof. Dr. Cynthia Moss, Prof. Dr. Michelle Baker, Prof. Dr. Paul Racey

Chairpersons: Dr. Holger Görlitz, Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild, Prof. Dr. Tigga Kingston, Dr. David Costantini, Dr. Joanna Kazprzyk, Prof. Dr. Lutz Wiegrebe, Dr. Sonja Vernes, Dr. Teague O'Mara

The 5th IBBM was financially supported by the the IZW, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Eurobats

4th International Berlin Bat Meeting (15.-18.3.2015)

Movement Ecology of Bats

Sessions: Movement Ecology, GPS tracking of bats, Movement Ecology and sociality, Conservation Biology, Movement Ecology and Infectious Diseases

Plenary speakers: Dr. Marc Holderied, Prof. Dr. Gerald Kerth, Prof. Dr. Yossi Yovel, Prof. Dr. Sharon Swartz, Prof. Dr. Marco Mello, Dr. Richard Holland (represented by Stefan Greif), Dr. Winifred Frick

Chairpersons: Dr. Holger Görlitz, Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild, Dr. Raina Plowright, Dr. Dina Dechmann, Prof. Dr. Ran Nathan, Prof. Dr. Tigga Kingston, Prof. Dr. Anders Hedenström, Dr. Liam McGuire, Dr. Frieder Mayer, Dr. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt

funded by the IZW, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Eurobats

Third International Berlin Bat Meeting (1.-3.3.2013)

Bats in the Anthropocene

Sessions: Emerging viral diseases in bats, White-nose syndrome, Bats in disturbed habitats, Bats and urbanization, Bats and ecosystem services

Plenary speakers: Prof. Dr. Kate Jones, Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, Prof. Dr. Robert Barclay, Prof. Dr. Sara Bumrungsri, more to be announced

Chairpersons: Dr. Jens Rydell, Dr. Sebastien Puechmaille, Dr. Craig Willis, PD Dr. Frieder Mayer, Dr. Gudrun Wibbelt, Dr. Charles Rupprecht, Dr. Jon Epstein, Dr. Matt Struebig, Prof. Dr. Gary McCracken, Prof. Dr. Paul Racey, Prof. Dr. Tigga Kingston, 

funded by the IZW, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Eurobats

For information either visit www.izw-berlin.de or download the program

Scientific program of the 3rd IBBM (1.-3.3.2013, Berlin, Germany)
Program_IBBM (1).pdf
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Check out the publication of the book "Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world" (eds. Voigt, C.C., Kingston, T.) to be published as an e-book by Springer in August/September 2015

Second International Berlin Bat Meeting (Feb 2010):

Bats and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Sessions: Bats and rabies, white-nose syndrome, emerging viral diseases, bats and parasites, bat immunology and immunogenetics, bat diseases and the public

Plenary speakers: Prof. Dr. Paul Racey, Prof. Dr. Hume Fields, Dr. David Blehert, Prof. Tony Fooks, Dr. Carl Dick

More than 300 participants from more than 25 countries

Financially supported by Eurobats and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Read the Meeting Report about the 2nd IBBM published in Biology Letters
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Check out the review paper on WNS published in TREE that was initiated at the end of the 2nd IBBM

 Puechmaille, S.J., Frick, W.F., Kunz, T.H., Racey, P.A., Voigt, C.C., Wibbelt, G., Teeling, E.C. (2011) White Nose Syndrome: An emerging disease threat to temperate zone bats. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 570-576

First International Berlin Bat Meeting (Jan 2009):

Bat Migration

Sessions: Migratory connectivity and phenology, physiology and behaviour, population genetics and mating systems, migratory bats and windfarms

Plenary speakers: Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kunz, Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski, Prof. Dr. Jerry Wilkinson, Dr. Paul Cryan

More than 300 participants from more than 25 countries

Financially supported by Eurobats and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Read the special feature published in Journal of Mammalogy about Bat Migration. 

This is the citation of our introductory review paper:  

Popa-Lisseanu, A., Voigt, C.C. (2009) Bats on the move. Journal of Mammalogy 90: 1283-1290.

Please contact biblio@izw-berlin.de in case you are interested in an abstract book of past conferences

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