INTERNATIONAL SWIFT CONFERENCE (TEL AVIV 2018)

08 février 2018

Febr 8: Conference Updates

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Want to know who will attend the conference? You can find an up-to-date list here: list.

 

 

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18 janvier 2018

Conference programme: January 15 Update

 

Conference committee

  • 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)
  • Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation, UK
  • Dr. Nir Sapir – University of Haifa
  • Dr. Mauro Ferri – Italy
  • Sorrel Ritter – Conference coordinator, SPNI
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem – SPNI, Tel Aviv University

 

papers

1.     Keynote speakers (26 mins + 4 mins questions)

2.     Lectures (17 mins + 3 mins questions)

3.     Posters (on display in poster area)

 

program outline

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

Dr. Yossef Dreiznin – Director-General of the Ministry of Regional Cooperation

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Noam Tibon – Chairman of Tel Aviv Global

Iris Hann – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)

Edward Mayer – Swift Conservation UK.

09:30 – 10:00

Christoph Meier – Migratory schedule of different Alpine Swifts 

10:00 – 10:30

Dick Newell – What do we know about Swift Nest Boxes?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20

Mark Smyth – A walk on the wild Side: Swift nesting in the natural landscape

11:20 – 11:40

Lynda Huxley – Swifts in Ireland

11:40 – 12:00

Ninon Ballerstadt – Swifts' sleeping behavior

12:00 – 12:20

Judith Wakelam – 15 years of rehabilitating Swifts in my home

12:20 – 12:40

Edward Mayer – A new Swift Column for the modern built environment

12:40 – 13:10

Peter Cush – An overview of Apus apus & Apus apus pekinensis

13:15 – 14:45

Lunch break

14:45 – 15:05

Mark Coreth – The Tree of Hope – A Swift Project 

15:05 – 15:25

Alexandru Stahl – Mauerseglerklinik Frankfurt: Mastering Swift rehabilitation

15:25 – 15:45

Marco Cucco – Citizen-Science: Swift Conservation in Italy

15:45 – 16:05

Thomas Starkmann – Common Swift nesting sites conservation in Vienna

16:05– 16:35

Coffee break

16:35 – 16:55

Katja Schmieder – Differences between European and American Swifts

16:55 – 17:15

Itai Bloch & Nir Sapir – Insights from ATLAS tracking of foraging Little swifts in the Hula Valley, Israel

17:15 – 18:15

Poster Session

18:30 – 19:30

Dinner

19:30 – 22:00

Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City

 

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Tuesday, March 13th

06:00

Early morning birding tour before breakfast [optional]

07:00 – 08:00

Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30

Yossi Leshem & Amnonn Hahn – A Swift Way to Peace

09:30 – 10:00

Chris Huxley – Some aspects of the breeding biology of the swifts of County Mayo, Ireland

10:00 – 10:20

Gen. (Ret.) Mansour Abu Rashid & Imad Atrash – Birding activities in Jordan and the Palestinian Authority

10:20 – 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 – 11:10

Elena Markitani – Swift projects in Cyprus

11:10 – 11:30

Lukas Viktora – Does it really work? A study in the Czech Republic 

11:30 – 11:50

Diane Yorgason-Quinn (presented on behalf of Larry Schwitters) – Audubon's “Vaux's Happening” Project

11:50 – 12:10

Parcharidou Effrosyni – Swift friendly buildings in Thessaloniki, Greece

12:10 – 12:30

Stefano Pesaro – A multi-facetted approach to Swift conservation in Italy

12:30 – 12:50

Lothar Schiffler – Airlines: Bird Tracks in the air

12:50 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00

Swift tour in Tel Aviv to include: (1) Swift “Living Wall” at Catzenelzon School; (2) IDF Headquarters to learn about the Nature Defense Forces and their connection to Swifts and heritage sites; (3) Schiff House with online cameras in Common Swift nests

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]:

Mr. Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel

MK Tzachi Hanegbi – Minister of Regional Cooperation

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz – Rabbi of the Western Wall

 

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Thursday, March 15th

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast

08:45 – 09:05

Gert de Yong – How to conduct a census of Swifts in a city like Amsterdam, The Netherlands

09:05 – 09:25

Mauro Ferri – Artificial Swift nests from Medieval period up to modern times

09:25 – 09:45

Kevin Prince – X-ray fluorescence study of Swifts' feathers

09:45 – 10:05

Francisco Javier Saez Frayssinet – The protection of Apus Apus in Segovia, Spain

10:05 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 13:00

Open discussion including voting for the 2020 International Conference location

13:00 –

Lunch and free afternoon & evening in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

 

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 bird 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]

 

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10 janvier 2018

Participants

Here is the list of people who have registered to attend the conference:
(Please note that this link is regularly updated - last updated list: February 8)

List of attendees.

A small number of people have not confirmed. If you are not on this list and you think you should be, or, if you find any errors in this attendee list, please contact Sorrel Ritter, conference coordinator, at Yossi Leshem's office: yleshem@post.tau.ac.il.

 

 

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19 décembre 2017

Conference programme: Update

Dear Swift friends,

We are delighted to share with you the almost final program of the 5th International Swift conference, after the conference committee approval (see hereunder).
By now we have 89 registered participants and we are hoping to reach 100!

We are really excited to host all of you in March 2018 in Israel and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

SWIFT YOU SOON in Israel!

Amnonn Hahn          Yossi Leshem          Dan Alon

 

 

Papers

1.     Keynote speakers (26 mins + 4 mins questions)

2.     Lecture (17 mins + 3 mins questions)

3.     Posters

 

Program outline

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
Dr. Yossef Dreiznin, 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 UK.

09:30–10:00

Sussane Akkesson: Swift Migration Routes updates [not yet confirmed]

10:00–10:30

Dick Newell: What do we know about Swifts' nest boxes?

10:30–11:00

Coffee break

11:00–11:20

Mark Smyth: A walk on the wild Side: Swift nesting in natural landscape

11:20–11:40

Lynda Huxley: Swifts in Eire

11:40–12:00

Ninon Ballerstadt: Swift's Sleeping behavior

12:00–12:20

Judith Wakelam: 15 years of rehabilitating Swifts at my home

12:20–12:40

Edward Mayer: A new Swift Column for modern built environment

12:40–13:00

Christoph Meir: Migratory schedule of different Alpine Swifts 

13:00–14:30

Lunch break

14:30–14:50

Mark Coreth: The Tree Of Hope – A Swifts' Project 

14:50–15:10

Alexandru Stahl: Mauerseglerklinik Frankfurt, Mastering Swift rehabilitation

15:10–15:30

Marco Cucco: Citizen-Science Swift Conservation in Italy. Long term study

15:30–15:50

Thomas Starkmann: C. Swift nesting sites conservation in Vienna                   

15:50–16:20

Coffee break

16:20–16:40

Katja Schmieder: Differences between European and American Swifts

16:40–17:00

Dr. Nir Sapir+Ittai Bloch Tel Aviv Swifts' Migration route

17:00–18:00

Poster Session

18:30-19:30

Dinner

19:30–22:00

Guided tour of Jaffa's Old City

 

 

Tuesday, March 13th

06:00

Early morning birding tour before breakfast [optional]

07:00–08:00

Breakfast

09:00–09:30

Yossi Leshem + Amnonn Hahn: A Swift way to Peace

09:30–10:00

Peter Cush: An overview of Apus apus & Apus apus pekinensis

10:00–10:20

Mansour Abu Rashid & Imad Atrash: Birding activities in Jordan and in the Palestinian Authority

10:20–10:50

Coffee break

10:50–11:10

Elena Markitani : Swift pojects in Cyprus

11:10–11:30

Lukas Viktoria: Does it really work? A study in the Czech Republic 

11:30–11:50

Larry Schwitters: Audubon's Vaux's Happening Project

11:50–12:10

Parcharidou Effrosyni: Swift friendly buildings in Thessaloniki

12:10–12:30

Stefano Pesaro: Multi-facetted approach for Swift conservation in Italy

12:30–12:50

Lothar Schiffler: Airlines – Bird Tracks in the air

12:50–14:00

Lunch break

14:00–18:00

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 with online cameras in Common Swift nests

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]:
Mr. Reuven Rivlin – President of Israel
MK Tzachi Hanegbi – Minister of Regional Cooperation

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz – Rabbi of the western wall

  •  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.


Thursday, March 15th

07:00–08:30

Breakfast

09:00–09:30

Mauro Ferri: Swift artificial nests since medieval times

09:30–09:50

Kevin Prince: X-ray fluorescence study on Swifts' feathers

09:50–10:10

Kasia Szczypa: Vitamin B deficiency and hand rearing Swifts

10:10–10:40

Coffee break

10:40-13:00

Open discussion incl. voting for the 2020 Intl. Conference location

13:00 –

Lunch and free afternoon & evening in Tel Aviv- Jaffa

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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25 septembre 2017

SWIFT ART EXHIBITION

CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

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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 yossile@tauex.tau.ac.il.

Maximum of 2 entries per artist.

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017.

 

 

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PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OUTLINE

(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

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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: yleshem@post.tau.ac.il  
 
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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CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Speakers

 

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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INVITATION TO THE 5th INTERNATIONAL SWIFT CONFERENCE

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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.

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
• 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.

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE

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.
 

Schiff

 

VENUE & HOTEL DETAILS

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 (www.facebook.com/milkandhoneyhostel / milkandhoneyjaffa@gmail.com / tel. +972-3644-4316)

 

Prices

To download the registration form, please click here:
http://www.saveourswifts.co.uk/israel2018.htm
 
Please send all registration forms and queries to Sorrel Ritter, conference coordinator, at Yossi Leshem's office: yleshem@post.tau.ac.il 

 

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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TEL AVIV 2018 - SWIFT YOU SOON

 

 

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