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.


  • Call for nominations: The Kunz Award committee has extended the deadline for nominations until June 30. This new award is named in honor of Dr. Tom Kunz, a founding member of NASBR and distinguished bat researcher. The award recognizes an earlier to mid-career scientist of our society who has demonstrated exemplary research in the study of bats. Full details of the award and nomination process can be found on our website:

  • Attention students in the Southeastern USA: The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network (SBDN) established an annual Student Travel Award in 2006 to financially assist one student attending the North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR). If you are a student enrolled in a university in the Southeastern US and are planning to give an oral or poster presentation at NASBR in 2021, you are qualified to apply for a student travel award from SBDN. Information on the award and the application process are available at: DEADLINE for 2021 applications will be June 30, 2021. Send applications to Stephen Burnett via email ( or snail mail (Stephen Burnett, Department of Biology, Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow GA 30260). E-mail submissions are preferred. Contact Stephen Burnett ( if you have questions. 

  • Available now: 50 Years of Bat Research: Foundations and New Frontiers
    The special publication marking the half century of the North American Society for Bat Research has been published and is available for ordering from the Springer US website using the codes below.

    Click on the "Hardcover $109.99" tab on the right to use the coupon codes. Each coupon code can only be used 200 times, so order early to avoid disappointment!

    $60 US for NASBR regular members with Coupon Code NASBR60
    $40 US for NASBR student members with Coupon Code NASBR40

  • WEBINAR - NASBR 50 Years 1970-2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020. Our half-century celebration of the North American Society for Bat Research. We invited a cross-section of our Society to give short talks on each of the five decades of NASBR. There were also  presentations of three chapters from the upcoming book "50 Years of Bat Research: Foundations and New Frontiers."
    Full Schedule and Video
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  • It is with sadness that we were informed of the passing of John Winkelmann.  John was a long-time supporter of NASBR, having attended most meetings since our second in 1971.  He was the third recipient of Lifetime Membership to NASBR in 2005 and served on our Board of Directors from 2007-2010.  His obituary appears in the Gettysburg Times.  Our condolences to his family and friends.
  • Meetings Postponed: Due to the disruptions from COVID-19, the NASBR Board has decided to postpone our annual symposium in Tempe, Arizona from 2020 to 2021 to ensure the safety of all concerned.  The dates for our next meeting in Tempe are October 20-23, 2021.  The 2021 meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba will be moved to 2023.  The joint IBRC/NASBR meeting in Austin, Texas remains set for 2022.
  • NASBR issues statement supporting Black scientists. 

  • Archived meeting programs. Copies of programs from previous NASBR meetings are available in the members-only area of the website.

  • Ombudspersons.  As part of an effort to create an environment in which members feel comfortable reporting potential violations of NASBR by-laws or policies, two Ombudsperson positions were approved by the Board in Knoxville last year. Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell and Mr. Terry Zinn were appointed by the Board as our first Ombudspersons.

  • $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.

Invitation to Host the 2024 NASBR Meeting:

The North American Society for Bat Research invites bids for hosting the 2024 annual meeting of the society. Intention to bid should be by email to the Program Directors, who will provide detailed advice on bid preparation. Final bids must be submitted by July 1, 2021 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 for a vote of member preference.


NASBR 2021 Symposium
Oct. 20-23, 2021
Tempe, AZ

NASBR / IBRC 2022 
Aug. 07-12, 2022
Austin, TX

NASBR 2023 Symposium
Oct. 11-14, 2023
Winnipeg, MB

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