The North American Society for Bat Research (NASBR) is a society dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats (Chiroptera) in all its branches, including conservation and public education. The society holds an annual meeting called the North American Symposium on Bat Research, usually in October, of professional bat researchers from throughout North America, with occasional attendees from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.


→ 2017 Spallanzani Nominations. NASBR is now soliciting nominations for the 2017 Spallanzani Fellowship. The goal of the Spallanzani Fellowship is to assist accomplished individuals from developing countries to attend the annual NASBR conference. Visit the Spallanzani tab for more details about the award and nomination process. Nominations should be submitted via email to Erin Gillam, the chair of the Spallanzani Fellowship Committee, by April 15, 2017.

→ NASBR 2017 in Knoxville, TN. The 47th Annual NASBR Meeting will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, 18-21 October 2017 at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park. The hotel is located within a few minutes' walk of downtown Knoxville, which is the proud epitome of Southern scruffy-chic culture with an abundance of restaurants, bars, music venues and other attractions. Registration for the 2017 conference will open in May. There will be a pre-conference tour and two preconference workshops. On Tuesday there will a through-hike to Mt. LeConte, the tallest mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Wednesday, a next-generation DNA sequencing workshop targeting researchers new to the field will be offered on the University of Tennessee Campus. A workshop and field trip on the biology and roosting habits of small-footed bats will also be offered on Wednesday.
   Workshops/Organized Sessions: Interested in organizing a workshop, or organized session for the 2017 conference? Please email the Program Directors (Frank Bonaccorso or Gary Kwiecinski) by May 1st.
   Meeting Sponsorship: We welcome sponsors for the 2017 conference. If you are interested, please contact the Sponsorship Committee (Maria Sagot & Bill Schutt).

→ $1 million in Grants Available for WNS Treatment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service have partnered to create a new competitive grant program called the Bats for the Future Fund (BFF). There is an upcoming grant round soliciting proposals to deploy or test treatments for white-nose syndrome and the fungal pathogen that causes it to fight the disease that is decimating bat populations in North America.

Upcoming NASBR Meetings:

2017: October 18-21. NASBR 47, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

2018: October 24-27. NASBR 48, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

2019: October 29 - November 2. NASBR 49, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

2020: NASBR 50, bids solicited from the West region

Invitation to Host the 2020 NASBR Meeting (West Region):

The North American Society for Bat Research invites bids for hosting the 2020 annual meeting of the society. Eligible states, provinces, and territories are those west of the Mississippi river (see map below). Intention to bid should email the Program Directors (Frank Bonaccorso or Gary Kwiecinski). Program chairs will provide detailed advice on bid preparation. Bids must be submitted by June 1, 2017 to the Chair of the NASBR Board of Directors, Al Kurta. Additional information can be found on this website at the Host a Future NASBR Meeting tab. The NASBR Board of Directors will evaluate bids and successful bids meeting the basic criteria of the society will be placed before the members of the society at the NASBR business meeting in Knoxville for a vote of member preference.

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You can make donations to help support our society. By following the link below, you can donate to any of the following:

The Bernardo Villa Fund supports NASBR's Villa Award for outstanding research by a Mexican student, providing travel, lodging, banquet, and registration costs to attend a NASBR meeting.

The Karl F. Koopman Fund supports NASBR's Koopman Prize, which is awarded at each annual meeting for the best student paper in systematics or zoogeography.

The Spallanzani Award Fund pays the expenses for distinguished scholars from outside North America to attend the NASBR meeting.

The Teacher's Workshop Fund supports the education of local teachers, right in the city where the annual conference takes place.

You can support NASBR directly, to help us cover the costs of our annual meeting as well as the important research we support.

You can donate at any time, so there's no need to wait for the next meeting. Your generous contributions to these funds are sincerely appreciated.

NASBR Non-profit Status

NASBR is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions to NASBR funds are tax deductible. Copies of the last three IRS 990 forms (2013, 2014, 2015) are publicly available.

About Tom Kunz:

As many of you know, Tom Kunz was critically injured after being hit by a car on October 26 while attending the Toronto bat conference. The best way to get updates about Tom's recovery, or to send a note to his friends and family is through the Caring Bridge website.

A new fund has been established in Tom's name at Boston University that will be a permanent endowment to support graduate education in ecology. You can support by making a donation to the Kunz Fund

One of Tom's passions is mentoring students around the world and facilitating capacity building for bat research. An initiative to further this goal has been established and will provide students in developing countries copies of the Kunz and Parsons methodology book. This initiative is being spearheaded by BCI and more information about the Kunz Parsons Project and how to donate is available on the BCI website.

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