25th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and 30th Annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern U.S.
February 12-14, 2020
The Classic Center, Athens, Georgia
We invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network and 30th Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals in the Southeastern United States to be held February 12-14, 2020 at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The meetings will bring together biologists, private and public land managers, private consultation organizations, educational institutions, and citizen scientists from across the Southeast.
Registration: Register online at https://sbdn.org/shop/2020-annual-meeting/
Student: $65 ($85, after January 10); Professional: $125 ($175, after January 10)
*Cost of registration this year includes Thursday night dinner during the Poster Session*
RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hyatt Place/Athens Downtown; 412 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA.
For booking, use link or call 706-425-1800 and use group link: G-BT9G.
SBDN blocked room rates at the Hyatt are $149/night, parking rates are $10/night.
ALTERNATIVE HOTEL: Holiday Inn; 197 E Broad Street, Athens, GA. (approximately 4-5 blocks/0.43-mile walk from the Classic Center).
For booking, use link or call 706-549-4433 and use group link: BDN.
SBDN blocked room rates at the Holiday Inn are $105/night, free parking included with room.
Program Overview: A tentative schedule is posted below.
Plenary Session Topics: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mammal Colloquium and the 25th anniversary of SBDN, a presentation on history of the organizations will kick-off the meeting. The Plenary Session will continue the history theme covering mammal field techniques through the ages. We will then move into the future and talk about new technology and techniques being used in our field. Planning is still underway!
Mammal Colloquium: We invite all interested parties with research topics involving mammals to present findings in either a poster (Thursday PM) or oral (Friday) presentation. We encourage students, professors, researchers, and policy makers to share their knowledge. Instructions for submitting abstracts and guidelines for poster presentations are provided in this meeting announcement.
Please send suggestions or questions about the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are busy planning the 2020 Annual Meeting in Athens, Georgia. To our surprise, downtown rates for lodging, even this far in advance are relatively high, so we encourage meeting participants to plan their stays early and consider the options available. We selected two hotels that were willing to work with us on group rates. For those of you who would like to stay longer and explore Athens on your own, we also blocked a number of hotel rooms for Friday evening, following all scheduled events.
- Best Choice for Ease, Comfort and Convenience:
Hyatt Place/Athens Downtown; 412 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA.
This hotel is attached to the conference location at the Classic Center via a covered walkway. Rooms are large, modern with lots of natural light (see photos below), and a nice workout facility, additionally it appears there is free breakfast each morning with good offerings. Staying here, you can be at the social and meeting rooms within five minutes. Room rates are @ $149/night, parking rates are $10/night. We have a room block as follows: (1) Wednesday, 02/12/2020 @ 125 rooms; (2) Thursday, 02/13/2020 @ 125 rooms; and (3) Friday, 02/14/2020 @ 20 rooms. For booking, use link or call 706-425-1800 and use group link: G-BT9G.
- Affordable Choice:
Holiday Inn; 197 E Broad Street, Athens, GA.
The Holiday Inn is located approximately 4-5 blocks/0.43-mile from the Classic Center, where meeting events will be held. Blocked room rates are $105/night, free parking included with room. We have a room block as follows: (1) Wednesday, 02/12/2020 @ 80 rooms; (2) Thursday, 02/13/2020 @ 80 rooms; and (3) Friday, 02/14/2020 @ 80 rooms. For booking, use link or call 706-549-4433 and use group link: BDN.
There are other hotels (Hilton Garden Inn, The Graduate, Hotel Indigo, and Homewood Suites) all within walking distance of the conference center as well. These hotels were either unwilling to reserve a block of rooms or were unwilling to negotiate rates at this time. Note that if you are not staying within walking distance of the Classic Center, daily parking rates are $8 to park at the venue.
Wednesday Night Welcome Social–02/12/2020
Starland Pizzeria and Pub (Upstairs)
145 E. Clayton St.
Athens, GA 30601
Cost = $15/person for food
- Pay in advance with meeting registration.
- Within walking distance from hotels and venue!
- Food includes: Pizza (vegetarian options included, vegan upon request); Focaccia; Salad, Dessert.