14th European Bat Research Symposium
1-5 August 2017, Donostia - The Basque Country
Welcome to the official site of the 14th European Bat Research Symposium. Here you will find all the necessary information to register and submit abstracts, as well as other useful information related to the conference and the city. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Donostia!
Registration and abstract submission are closed

Invited speakers

August 1st
Bats are special and we should care: the genomic bases of bats’ extraordinary adaptations
Kristine Bohmann
Kristine Bohmann University of Copenhagen
August 2nd
Bat diet studies – past, present and future
Danilo Russo
Danilo Russo University of Naples
August 4th
How to be a successful bat in the Anthropocene: coping with urbanisation, climate change and livestock grazing
Gloriana Chaverri
Gloriana Chaverri University of Costa Rica
August 5th
Social communication in bats: so far and the way forward
Program at a glance
  • July 31st

    Welcome day Accreditation Welcome party
  • August 1st

    Day 1 Invited talk Oral sessions Ethnic gastroparty
  • August 2nd

    Day 2 Invited talk Oral sessions Poster session
  • August 3rd

    Day 3 Excursion Social evening
  • August 4th

    Day 4 Invited talk Oral sessions Banquet
  • August 5th

    Day 5 Invited talk Oral sessions Closing ceremony
  • 1
Technical t-shirt
The front image represents some European bats hanging from the Donostia coastal line.
Get it for 15€ at the Symposium

Miramar Palace

The EBRS welcome party (July 31st) and the Molecular Ecology Course (July 28-30th) will be held at the Miramar Palace, a 19th-century building of purely English style with sea-views and beautiful gardens located on the La Concha Bay. The palace is less than 20 minutes away on foot from the Barriola Centre and the main accommodation facilities.

Barriola building

The symposium will be held in the auditorium and contiguous areas of the Barriola Centre, the main lecture hall of the Regional Campus of the University of the Basque Country in Donostia. The posters and vendor stands will be exhibited at the main hall in the first floor of the building. The Centre also holds the cafeteria and canteen of the Campus, with a capacity for 150 people, where lunch will be served to attendees in two turns (tickets to be bought in advance).

Tenis-Ondarreta Restaurant

The banquet (August 4th) will be held at the Restaurant of the Ondarreta Royal Tennis Club. Located in a privileged spot, in front of the Ondarreta beach and at the base of Igeldo mountain, this is one of the restaurants with the best views in town.

DOKA Pub Theatre

The ethnical gastroevening (August 1st) will be held at the DOKA Pub Theatre, a cozy pub at the heart of the Antiguo district. The club is located at walking distance from the rest of venues and all lodgements, and just 5 minutes away from the Ondarreta beach.

Bat detector workshop

The 10th European Bat Detector Workshop will be held in Bidarrai, only 76 km far from the EBRS 2017 in Donostia. The workshop will start on the evening of saturday 5th August 2017. The objective of the workshop is to improve training and knowledge of the latest technology and experience on field identification of flying bats. For more information check the web site http://www.batlife.info/ebdw-10/


  • Leif Garde
  • Didier Mauuary
  • Knut Åge Storstad

Molecular approaches, methods and techniques in animal ecology

Applied to bat research and management
July 28, 29 and 30
Miramar Palace
  • Conference attendee fee: 180 €
  • Regular fee: 250 €
  • Exceptional fee: 200 €
*The price includes three lunches at the Ezeiza Hotel.

Aims and contents

This is a 3-day (24 hours) intensive cutting-edge introduction to molecular methods and techniques applied to animal ecology. The course aims to provide students with the necessary theoretical and technical ground to choose appropriate approaches and to develop correct experimental designs when conceiving molecular studies of wildlife ecology. All case studies are focused on bat research and management.
  • Study design
  • Laboratory set-ups
  • Bioinformatic pipelines
  • Statistical analyses
  • High Throughput Sequencing
  • Landscape genomics
  • PCR metabarcoding
  • Shotgun metagenomics