Registration for AOS & SCO–SOC 2023 now open!

Registration is officially open for the joint AOS & SCO–SOC 2023 conference, 8–12 August 2023, at RBC Place London in London, Ontario. See our Registration page for details. This fully in-person event includes a fantastic line-up of plenary, oral, and poster presentations. The planning team has been busy organizing a series of additional events. We have two exciting plenaries from Dr. Keith Hobson from Western University and Dr. Bridget Stutchbury from York University, as well as five early-career plenaries (stay tuned for details!). We will also host an Early Professional–Student Mixer, a gathering of the Rainbow Lorikeets, a 5K Shorebird Shuffle Fun Run/Walk, and the famous Student Quiz Bowl. See our Networking & Social Events page for more details about these and other exciting events! During our closing ceremonies, we’ll cap off the conference on Saturday with a Student Presentation Awards celebration and our ever-popular Storytelling event. (Pssst… do you have a good story to share? Submit your story proposal here.) We are also hoping to bring the Bird Jam back to our exciting line-up. Check out our meeting website for more details on workshops, roundtable discussions, symposia, and other exciting activities.

Register by 31 May to receive Early Bird rates! Regular registration rates begin 1 June and end 30 June. Late registration rates will be in effect from 1 July through the conference.

About London, Ontario

Our conference location, London, Ontario, is a 40-minute drive from the shorelines of Lake Erie and Lake Huron. A beautiful city of just over 400,000 people, London offers many hiking opportunities in and around the city. London has its own airport (airport code YXU)  but is also a short drive from the Toronto airport (YYZ) and the Windsor-Detroit border. The city also boasts a growing entertainment sector, so there will be no shortage of fun things to do outside of our conference (e.g., 100 Kellogg Lane – Canada’s Largest Entertainment Complex). The conference center and hotels are located downtown and close to numerous restaurants, cafes, and shopping areas, and a 15-minute walk from recreational trails along the Thames River. See our Accommodations and Travel Resources, Transportation, and Venue website pages for more information.

Call for Storytellers: Birds as Bridges Storytelling Event

Please join your friends and colleagues for an evening of laughter, tears, and joy as we listen to five captivating stories that reflect the diversity of experiences within our ornithological community. For this engaging event, we are seeking uplifting, 8- to 10-minute stories that express the theme of this year’s conference, “Birds as Bridges.” The Storytelling Event is planned at RBC Place London during our closing events on Saturday, 12 August, from 7:30–8:30 p.m. ET. We are partnering with Story Collider to provide skilled coaching for storytellers one month prior to the meeting to craft their stories for the stage. If you are interested in joining us in London to share a personal story from your experiences in ornithology, please fill out this Google Form with a short pitch of your story (200-words max) by 27 April 2023.

Register Now & Save

Take advantage of lower registration costs by signing up now for the Early-Bird rates. Early registration ends 31 May 2023. Students may receive additional discounts on registration by signing up to volunteer at the meeting. We are committed to delivering a welcoming, safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for this meeting. 

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that our meeting will be taking place on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Chonnonton Nations, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land. We provide this land acknowledgment as one step towards reconciliation and to reflect our desire for increased interactions and dialogue between the ornithological community and Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.

COVID-19 Information

As COVID continues to circulate among us, current Government of Canada/Gouvernement du Canada guidelines and COVID-19 Travel guidelines will be observed in advance of and throughout our meeting. Vaccinations against COVID-19 and its variants are recommended and masking is encouraged when indoors but is not required at this time; note that these policies can change. We will update our recommendations as the conference draws closer. Keep our COVID-19 website resource page bookmarked for the most up-to-date information.


Please contact the Scientific Program Committee at spc[at] with any questions about our scientific program. Stay up-to-date with the latest news about AOS & SCO–SOC 2023 by visiting our conference website and following our conference hashtag (#AOS_SCO23) on social media.

We look forward to seeing you in London, Ontario, in August!

Patricia Heglund
Patricia Heglund
AOS & SCO-SOC 2023 Conference Co-chair
Greg Mitchell
Greg Mitchell
AOS & SCO-SOC 2023 Conference Co-chair
Scott MacDougal-Shackleton
Scott MacDougal-Shackleton
AOS & SCO-SOC 2023
Local Planning Chair

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