SEO/BirdLife hosts an important scientific congress in Madrid with the participation of BirdLife International - SEO/BirdLife

SEO/BirdLife hosts an important scientific congress in Madrid with the participation of BirdLife International

PRESS RELEASE.  Madrid, 5/12/2014. Bird migration in Europe; population trends and declines in common birds; birds in urban areas; and sexual selection in birds are just some of the main research topics being addressed during the XXII Spanish Ornithological Congress, which brings together more than 300 researchers from different countries during four days in Madrid.  More than 150 scientific presentations feature in this important event in the Spanish ornithological calendar, organized every two years by SEO/BirdLife.




  • Angelo Caserta (Director) and Ivan Ramírez (Head of Conservation) at BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, take part in the debates at the XXII Spanish Ornithological Congress
  • From 6-9 December more than 300 researchers from various countries are gathering in Madrid to share the latest advances in the study and conservation of wild birds
  • The scientific congress of SEO/BirdLife is held every two years and this year celebrates its 22nd edition, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the foundation of SEO/BirdLife
  • Through its main theme, Birds and human beings: a changing relationship the congress centres on the conservation of wild birds and their role in nature and in human quality of life.


Representatives of BirdLife International feature in the congress programme. Angelo Caserta, Regional Director of BirdLife Europe and Central Asia will take part in the opening ceremony and in a panel discussion on the impact of European policy on the environment in Spain, which will also feature David Howell, Head of Environment Policy at SEO/BirdLife.





Ivan Ramírez, Conservation Director for BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, will discuss with Juan Carlos Atienza, the Head of Conservation at SEO/BirdLife the important role that birds have played in conservation and wildlife policy.


The XXII Spanish Ornithological Congress is the main scientific gathering in Spain for those dedicated to the study of wild birds. The event coincides with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of SEO/BirdLife, founded as a scientific society in 1954. The conservation of wild birds, their biodiversity importance and their relationship with human beings will be the main themes of the congress.



“The greatest commitment we can make to the future today as human beings is to the conservation of nature. In the Spanish Ornithological Society we want to ‘naturalize society’ and we will do this by spreading nature’s message with birds as a banner, fully aware that we are defending the health of the Earth and human quality of life”, stated Asun Ruiz, Chief Executive of SEO/BirdLife.





Pedro Cáceres, head of Communications,

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