Why did you want to host the symposium?
Bat researchers have met each other regularly since 1977 and the EBRS conference is organised every three years. We decided to apply for the symposium in order to increase awareness of Finnish bat research and create new networks and opportunities for co-operation.
International congresses are especially important for young scientists for the networking and career opportunities they provide. Bat research and zoology have become more prominent in part due to the pandemic. And after all, we do have some top-level expertise in the field.
The EBRS was pushed back from 2020 to May 2021 and at the same time it was turned into a completely virtual event.