25 septembre 2017


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At the Fourth International Swift Conference in 2016 at Szczecin, Poland, it was decided to hold the Fifth International Swift Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.

This is the first time the conference will be held outside Europe and we are very proud to have received this opportunity to host it, and expand the discussion beyond the European borders by inviting lecturers and participants from Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and additional North African countries.

We hope to use the swifts as messengers of peace to expand regional cooperation and as you surely would agree, they are the perfect candidates! 

We are sure that besides the interesting lectures, you will have a unique and unforgettable experience visiting our small country, rich with many swift and bird species. 540 bird species can be observed in Israel, and 500 million birds migrate over the country twice a year – March is the peak of the migration season.


• Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation, UK
• Dr. Mauro Ferri, Italy
• Amnonn Hahn – Director, The Friends Of The Swifts Association (FOTS)
• Dan Alon – Director, Israel Ornithological Center (IOC), Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)
• Prof. Yossi Leshem – SPNI, Tel Aviv University
• Dr. Nir Sapir – Haifa University
• Sorrel Ritter – Conference coordinator, SPNI 
• Representative from the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) [conference partner] TBD
• Representative from the Tel Aviv Municipality [conference partner] TBD

Please see the following information about the conference.



As in previous years, we are setting a fee to go towards covering the administrative costs of the conference:

* €100 for professionals (academics and those working in the field)
* €25 for students (until MA/diploma)
* €50 others Registration fee payment

Registration fee payment
Please fill in registration form with your credit card details.

Registration should be no later than October 31, 2017.
Please note that the fee will be increased by 25% after November 30th 2017.




Conference hotel Ruth Daniel Residence (3 stars) :
Located in Jaffa close to the Old City and tourist sites [60 rooms reserved].

Additional hotel Dan Panorama Hotel (4 stars plus)
10-15 minute walk from conference hotel located on the Tel Aviv beachfront [30 rooms reserved].

You can of course book your own accommodation in additional hotels/hostels in the vicinity of the conference hotel via the Internet, for example: Old Jaffa Hostel -  Milk & Honey Hostel ( / / tel. +972-3644-4316)



To download the registration form, please click here:
Please send all registration forms and queries to Sorrel Ritter, conference coordinator, at Yossi Leshem's office: 


We recommend that you book your flights as early as possible in order to enjoy the low cost flights and prices.
Looking forward to hearing from you!






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1. Keynote speakers (35 mins + 5 mins questions)
2. Lecture (17 mins + 3 mins questions)
3. Posters

We are planning to divide the lecture sessions according to topic (e.g. flight, food, weather, swifts and the community, population genetics, tracking methods, swifts as peacemakers, swifts and religion). If you have proposals for topics, please write to us.

Please send us an abstract of maximum 300 words and the topic of your lecture/poster by October 1st 2017.



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(You can also download this programme and practical information in pdf here)

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Sunday, March 11th

16:00 – 19:00 Registration
19:30 – 21:30 Evening get together festive event at Ruth Daniel Residence

Monday, March 12th

09:00 – 09:30 Greetings
[not yet confirmed]: Ron Huldai – Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Hashem Hussein – Director-General of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation  Maj. Gen. (Res.) Noam Tibon – Chairman of Tel Aviv Global Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal – Chairman of the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) Iris Hahn – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation, England

09:30 – 10:10 Keynote speaker lecture 1 

10:10 – 10:50 Keynote speaker lecture 2

10:50 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 13:00 Lectures 1-5 [each 20 min]

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

14:30 – 15:50 Lectures 7-10

15:50 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:00 Lectures 10-

11 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner [please note on registration form]

19:30 – 22:00 Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City


Tuesday, March 13th

06:00 Early morning birding tour before breakfast [optional]

09:00 – 09:40 Keynote speaker lecture 3 

09:40 – 10:20 Keynote speaker lecture 4

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 – 13:00 Lectures 12-17

12:50 – 14:30 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

14:30 – 18:00 Swift tour in Tel Aviv to: (1) IDF Headquarters and Sarona to learn about the Nature Defense Forces and their connection to swifts and heritage sites; (2) Nesting boxes at the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) directorate building and walk to Schiff House

19:30  Free evening in Jaffa

Wednesday, March 14th

06:00 – 23:00 Tour to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea: 
* Jerusalem Bird Observatory – ringing station in the Israeli Parliament grounds
* Wadi Kelt (a gorge in the Judean Desert between Jerusalem and Jericho) to see three swift species: Alpine, Little and Pallid Swifts
* Swifts Welcoming Ceremony at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Greetings [not yet confirmed]: MK Tzachi Hanegbi – Minister of Regional Cooperation  Mr. Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel
* St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, Muristan, The Christian Quarter – The Tree of Hope – the olive tree swift sculpture and closing event with dinner and Middle Eastern music

Programme illustrations

Thursday, March 15th

09:00 – 10:00 Invited speaker

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00 Open discussion and conference summary

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break at hotel [please note on registration form]

12:00  Free afternoon and evening in Tel Aviv  

March 16th
Optional tour
to see the Griffon Vultures in Mt. Carmel and Little Swifts nesting in the Hula Valley in north Israel as well as many more local and migrating birds PRICE: €40 (including bus and professional guide)
March 17th-20th 
Optional 4-day tour (3 nights)
from Tel Aviv via the Negev to Eilat to view the amazing migration as part of the Eilat 2018 International Spring Migration Festival; accommodation at Eilat's excellent Agamim hotel; price includes half board, bus, professional guides and participation in all the festival events PRICE: €755 per person in double room / €1,065 per person in single room.

Please send all registration forms and queries to Sorrel Ritter, conference coordinator, at Yossi Leshem's office:  
We recommend that you book your flights as early as possible in order to enjoy the low cost flights and prices.
Looking forward to hearing from you!







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The FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SWIFT CONFERENCE is happy to invite visual artists to submit works for a juried exhibition to be held during the week of the conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Submitted work can include visual arts such as original paintings, drawings, printmaking and photography that deal with swifts. Your submission must be your original creation.  
Works to be exhibited will be selected by a judging committee by 30 December 2017, and should then be sent to Israel ahead of the exhibition by 30 January, 2018. Photographs selected should be printed to size 40 x 50 cm, and all artwork and photography will be returned at the end of the conference.

Please send a high-quality digital image of your work (maximum 1 MB) along with title, size, and media to Sorrel Ritter at

Maximum of 2 entries per artist.

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017.



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