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Upcoming Events

Virtual LAB Conference 27 & 28 May 2021

The 5th biennial Learn About Birds (LAB) Conference, which was due to be held in Wilderness on 27 and 28 May 2021, will be moving to a virtual platform owing to the current global pandemic and venue limitations under the current National State of Disaster. This event is co-hosted by BirdLife South Africa and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town. The LAB Conference is usually divided into a Science LAB session where the country’s top ornithologists will present their latest research, with a parallel Layman’s LAB session, which includes popular talks on bird conservation, research and identification.


Using a virtual platform will enable us to keep all participants safe while providing the opportunity for South Africa’s top ornithologists and conservationists to present their work to a wide audience. The Science LAB will run from 8h30 – 15h30 SAST on 27 and 28 May 2021 and will showcase a mix of plenary lectures, live panel discussions, 15-minute scientific talks and five-minute speed talks. We welcome presenters from across the world who are conducting research or conservation work on Southern Africa's birds.

Rather than running in parallel with Science LAB, Layman’s LAB will take place during the evenings on 27 and 28 May 2021. The first Layman’s lecture will start at 17h00 and the second will start at 19h00.

Registration for the LAB 2021 event will commence from 11 January 2021 and can be completed via the BirdLife South Africa website

Early Bird Rates (11 January 2021-31 March 2021)
Access to Science and Layman’s LAB: R700 per person
Access to only Layman’s LAB: R300 per person

Standard Rates (1 April 2021-30 April 2021)
Access to Science and Layman’s LAB: R800 per person
Access to only Layman’s LAB: R350 per person

Abstract Submissions

Submission of abstracts for Science LAB can be done via the online registration form on the LAB website
Abstracts may be submitted from 11 January 2021 to 28 February 2021.

As the LAB event is one of the Landscape Conservation Programme’s major fundraising events, BirdLife South Africa will be charging a small fee for attendance at this virtual event. This fee will go towards covering the time the programme’s staff spend organising the event and the costs of utilising the virtual platform. Any proceeds gained over and above these costs will be used towards the Landscape Conservation Programme’s species and ecosystem conservation work across South Africa. The Landscape Conservation Programme’s vision is to see critical sites and ecosystems, and their associated ecological services, sustainably managed and protected to promote the preservation of diverse and healthy bird populations, other biodiversity, and people. Specific projects which will be supported out of this event include the Vulture Conservation Project and the Birds and Renewable Energy Project.

For more information, please email [email protected].
We look forward to welcoming you to another exciting LAB Conference in 2021.






2021 PAOC Conference

The Fifteenth PAOC (PAOC15) will be held from the 15th to the 19th of November 2021.

Elephant Hills Conference Centre
Victoria Falls

To further the study of African birds
To promote the preservation of African birds as an integral part of the African Heritage
To foster the appreciation of birds and discussion of African birds in relation to man
To disseminate information on African birds through appropriate international meetings (e.g. the Congresses) and publications (e.g. the proceedings of the Congresses).








20 - 22 August 2021


Bird Fair 2021

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