The North American Society for Bat Research promotes the study and conservation of bats by facilitating communication and collaboration among scientists, educators, and the general public. The society holds an annual meeting called the North American Symposium on Bat Research, usually in October. Although most attendees reside in North America, the society welcomes participants from all areas of the globe.


  • Final Program and Abstracts Available. The final versions of the NASBR 2017 Program and Abstracts (updated Oct. 12) are now available for download. A printed copy of the program will be provided to registrants at check-in, however you should download a copy of the abstract book as this is not available in print form.

  • Nominations for Board of Directors. NASBR invites members to submit nominations to be part of the governing Board. This year we will elect three Regular and one Student Representative to the Board. Each nomination must have a sponsor who is a current member of the Board. See the Nomination Form for more details. The deadline for submitting a nomination is September 1.

  • 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. There will be a pre-conference tour and two pre-conference workshops. On Tuesday there will a through-hike to Mt. LeConte, one of the tallest 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 by May 1st. Proposal acceptance for 2017 sessions is now closed. Please consider organizing a session for next year.

  • Meeting Sponsorship: We welcome sponsors for the 2017 conference. If you are interested, please contact the Sponsorship Committee.
  • $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.

Knoxville, TN
October 18-21Sponsors




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, who will provide detailed advice on bid preparation. Final bids must be submitted by June 1, 2017 to the Chair of the NASBR Board of Directors. Additional information can be found on this website under the Host a 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.

Upcoming Events

NASBR 2017 Symposium
October 18-21, 2017
Knoxville, TN

NASBR 2018 Symposium
October 24-27, 2018
Puerto Vallarta, JA

NASBR 2019 Symposium
Oct. 23-26, 2019
Kalamazoo, MI

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