International Dormouse Conference 2020

International Dormouse Conference 2020

You are invited to take part in the XIth International Dormice Conference 2020 in Svilengrad, Bulgaria. The conference will take place from September 14th until 18th, 2020. For more info see below or on the conference website.

The International Dormice Conference (IDC) is being organized every three years to gather for four days scientists and conservationists to share findings and ideas on research and conservation of the dormouse species. A mid-conference field trip, part of the conference programme, provides opportunities to get acquainted with the species ecology and habitats in different areas. This time the conference will take place in the core of the distribution area of the Mouse-tailed dormouse (Myomimus roachi). Svilengrad is a small historical city along the river Maritsa at the crossroads of an important motorway linking Sofia (Bulgaria), Istanbul (Turkey) and Alexandropoulos (Greece). The conference will take place at the Cultural Center in the centre of the town.


Initial programme
Monday, September 14: Arrival. Registration. Accommodation. Welcome dinner*
Tuesday, September 15: Presentations
Wednesday, September 16: Presentations
Thursday, September 17: Field trip** in the areas of the Mouse-tailed Dormouse
Friday, September 18: Presentations. Closing. Farewell dinner
Saturday, September 19: Post Conference field trip***
* The first evening at your arrival on 14th of September 2020 you are all welcome at Restaurant Maritsa, nearby Hotel Svilena. See on the map below.

** Thursday field trip will involve a walk of about 5 km in a hilly landscape and on walking paths that can be rough and muddy. If you have difficulties to do this, please indicate this in the registration form (under mid-conference excursion) so we can see if we can arrange transport.

*** Optional Post Conference field trip will be discussed additionally provided there is enough interest for.

Registration and abstract submission is open!

Registration and conference fee
Early registration until May 20th 2020: Students (PhD student, Master) € 150 Non-students € 250
Late registration until June 30th 2020: Students (PhD student, Master) € 200 Non-students € 300

The conference fee includes:

Monday, September 14: Welcome dinner
Tuesday, September 15: Coffee break + lunch
Wednesday, September 16: Coffee break + lunch
Thursday, September 17: Field trip + lunch during the field trip
Friday, September 18: Coffee break + lunch + farewell dinner. Closing. Farewell dinner
Forest dormouse (Dryomys nitedula) (Photo: Dennis Wansink)
Conference fee payment
Registration fee should be paid via bank transfer to the bank account of The Habitat Foundation. Please, mention “IDC 2020” and your name. All bank charges are for the participant.
Bank account of The Habitat Foundation: IBAN: NL20 TRIO 0198 3429 50
Triodosbank, Zeist, Nederland
Bank address: PO Box 55, 3700 AB Zeist, The Netherlands
For specific question regarding the payment, please, contact

Abstract Submission
The deadline for abstract submission is April 20th, 2020.
The abstract submission will be included in the registration form. A link on the website will be sent where you can upload your abstracts.
Abstracts on dormice species palaeontology, genetics, physiology, behaviour, morphology, ecology and conservation are welcome.

The abstract should be up to a maximum of 250 words (without title and authors) + 5 keywords

Travel grant
The organising committee is still busy fundraising and hence do not know the amounts of money available for travel grants.
Travel grants will be given on the basis of submitted abstracts, evaluated by the scientific committee.
The committee will take into consideration the aim of having a wide geographical representation of high-quality presentations.
The grants are intended for cases of real hardship and will be based on a reimbursement method. The travel grant request is included in the registration form that will soon be available on the conference website.

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