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Plenary speakers

Tony Fox


Combining a hobby, having great fun and contributing to conservation science: citizen science and Integrated waterfowl population monitoring


Tony Fox cannot remember a time when he was not fanatical about birds.

After a BSc and a PhD obtained up to his knees in quaking peat in mid-Wales, he initially worked for the government agency the Nature Conservancy Council there for many years, before moving to NCC in the Scottish Highlands in 1984.  Two Greenland expeditions convinced him to return to waterbird research at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge, where he eventually became Acting Head of Research in 1992.  He is now Professor of Waterbird Ecology at Aarhus University, Denmark where he has worked since 1993 and is visiting professor at the Chinese Academy Sciences in Beijing.  He still feels himself deeply privileged to have had such an exciting career in avian research that continues to support conservation management actions, not least through his collaborative studies of the Greenland White-fronted Goose.



Jeremy Greenwood


The first European atlas of breeding birds and beyond


Fascinated by birds from an early age, I have been lucky to have been able to pursue that fascination throughout my life. I was lucky to get a job as a university lecturer, which allowed me to undertake research on birds. I was then even luckier to serve for 20 years as the Director of the British Trust for Ornithology, which allowed me to be deeply involved in collaborative ornithology. And I was especially lucky to serve as the first chairman of the EBCC, involved in the development of ornithological collaborations across Europe. Most especially, those were the years when we managed to publish the European Ornithological Atlas and to lay the foundations of Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring.  It is inspiring to watch the further developments of such projects from the sidelines and to reflect on their future potential.



Paola Laiolo Paola Laiolo


Ecology and Conservation of Alpine birds


I am Associate Professor at the Research Unit of Biodiversity (Spanish National Research Council and Oviedo University) in Spain. I am broadly interested in the ecology, behavior and conservation of birds, especially passerines. Mountains fascinate me and are my favourite study system.



Andy Musgrove Andy Musgrove


Unlocking the power of birders' records: how can we maximise the value of less-structured recording?


Andy Musgrove has been watching and recording birds and other wildlife for 30 years. He narrowly escaped from a life as a chemist by undertaking a PhD looking at Peregrines and racing pigeons, and was lucky enough to be taken on by the British Trust for Ornithology in 1996. Following many years' involvement with the Wetland Bird Survey, he now leads the BTO's Monitoring Team. He has particular interest in the use of online systems for engaging the public with recording wildlife, but wishes that he had a little more time to get out in the field and record some wildlife himself.



Erika StanciuErika Stanciu


Forest management for bird conservation


Erika Stanciu worked for twelve years in forestry with very active involvement in the last thirteen years in nature conservation work in Romania and the Carpathians. The last years she was part of a group of nature conservationists who initiated and supported involvement of conservation NGOs in the management of protected areas in Romania and in the establishment of the Natura 2000 network. The combination of practical experience in forest management and nature conservation made her understand the importance of improving communication between and bringing together foresters and conservationists to combine efforts for providing favorable habitats to forest dependent species. Currently she is contributing to building bridges between forest managers and conservationists through capacity building programmes provided by the ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas from Romania.