First Announcement: 6th International Swan Symposium to be held at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia, 16–19 October 2018

Following previous international symposia of the Wetlands International/IUCN-SSC Swan Specialist Group – held at Slimbridge (UK, 1971), Sapporo (Japan, 1980), Oxford (UK, 1989), Virginia (USA 2001), and Maryland (USA 2014) – we are delighted to announce that the 6th International Swan Symposium will be held at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia, from 16–19 October 2018.

The programme is still in development, but will include a 1-day mid-conference excursion. A post-conference excursion to Estonia’s amazing wetlands, which host thousands of migratory Bewick’s Swans and Whooper Swans each autumn is also being planned, for 20–21 October 2018. More information will be available here (

Further information regarding registration and the submission of abstracts will be given in the Second Announcement, in March 2018. Meanwhile please note the following dates in your diaries:

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 May 2018

Confirmation of oral and poster presentations: 15 June 2018

Deadline for early bird registration: 1 August 2018

Deadline for final registration: 1 October 2018

6th International Swan Symposium: 15 – 19 October 2018 (including arrival and registration on 15th Oct)

Post-conference excursions: 20–22 October 2018

We are already looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!