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Join us for just £10!

New £10 annual subscription for 2013

Students and early-career researchers (up to 3 years post degree or PhD) qualify for a reduced rate subscription to Ibis, conferences and other benefits.

What do you get for your tenner?

  • Access to Ibis online – all issues back to 1859!
  • Exclusive access to reduced rates to BOU conferences
  • Exclusive access to BOU Career Development Bursaries
  • Exclusive access to the BOU student community via our student reps
  • 20% discount on Wiley books

Only student and early-career subscribers will receive these benefits, so if you want to attend a BOU conference at a discounted rate or apply for a Career Development Bursary, you must be a BOU student and early-career subscriber.

The BOU is an international society so it doesn't matter where you are from or where you are studying - the BOU and Ibis are relevant to ornithological researchers all around the world.

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BOU Register of
Avian Thesis Abstracts

Much of the valuable ornithological work done in Britain, and around the world, is done by students, particularly those submitting work for Doctoral or Masters theses. All too often the results of this research lie languishing on the shelves of a university library, unavailable to the world at large. The aim of BRANTA is to bring this body of work to a wider audience as an online and openly-accessible database.
Anyone about to undertake, working on, or has submitted either a Doctoral or a Masters thesis on an ornithological topic anywhere in the world, can submit an abstract for inclusion in BRANTA. For inclusion, the thesis must address a topic in ornithology (in its broadest sense) and the author must provide a current email address so that they may be contacted. By including a current email address, it is hoped that network opportunities which are often lost when a student completes their thesis and moves to another institution, will be stimulated. Another important part of BRANTA is the inclusion of published papers arising from thesis work, both to advertise the work of the student and to allow people to easily see at least some of the results. 
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Career Development Bursaries

We offer up to four awards of up to £2500 per annum.

Applications for bursary projects in 2013 must be with us by 30 November 2012.

For this round of applications priority will be given to those who have joined as a BOU student and early-career subscriber for 2013. 

From next year, those wishing to apply in November 2013 for a 2014 project must be a BOU student and early-career subscriber.

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Small Research Grants

These grants are open to anyone. Closing date for 2013 projects is 30 November 2012.

Annually we support a variety of projects around the world with awards up to £2000.

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28 - 31 Aug 2013

EOU 9th Conference

Norwich, UK

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The BOU will be offering conference grants to BOU student and early-career subscribers for this conference. More details will be available via the EOU2013UK and BOU websites in due course.



BOU student and early-career subscribers can take advantage of reduced rates at the following upcoming BOU conferences:


Marine Renewables and Birds

26 November 2012
Peterborough, UK

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BOU13 -
Avian Demography in a Changing World

26 - 28 March 2013
Leicester, UK

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BOU14 -

Upland Birds

1 - 3 April 2014
Leicester, UK

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Come along to a BOU conference

Present a talk  |  Poster presentations  |  Networking  | Events

More and more students and early-career researchers are coming to BOU conferences to present their work and to meet other researchers. Most BOU conference programmes have open calls for students to offer a talk to the main conference progamme, and student poster presentations are priortised as a way to ensure you get an audience for your research. Our annual conference also includes workshops tailored just for students and early-career researchers and our conferences are a great way to meet other researchers from a broad range of backgrounds and research interests. (see also above right)

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Proceedings from the last annual conference, Ecosystem Services: do we need birds? View papers

Blog and photos from the Ecosystem Services: do we need birds? conference. View


Opportunities in ornithology and beyond

Studentships  |  Jobs  |  Courses  |  Funding

Looking for a new job? A PhD studentship? A course? Funding? Well we're busy developing a one-stop shop for you. If you know of any opportunity which isn't listed on our site, then please let the BOU Office know.

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Photo credits: BOU student workshop © Steve Dudley; nestbox researcher © Mark Mainwaring;
Red-breasted Goose 
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