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HostS: Jorge Ortega, Cristina MacSwiney, and Rodrigo Medellin

Dates: October 23-26, 2024

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara, Jalisco

The 52st Annual North American Symposium for Bat Research will be held in Guadalajara (Jalisco), at The Hard Rock Hotel in Zapopan.  Nestled in the heart of Mexico, Guadalajara enchants visitors with its vibrant blend of rich history, captivating culture, and modern energy. Known as the "Pearl of the West," this enchanting city exudes a unique charm that embraces both tradition and progress. Explore the bustling streets adorned with colonial architecture, marvel at the intricate artwork in the majestic churches, or immerse yourself in the lively Mariachi music that fills the air. Guadalajara is also a culinary paradise, enticing food enthusiasts with its mouthwatering tacos, spicy salsas, and world-renowned tequila. With its warm hospitality and captivating attractions, Guadalajara invites you to discover the essence of Mexico.

While in Jalisco, do not miss the chance to visit and learn about the tequila production and its intrinsic relationship with bats. Bats and tequila share a fascinating symbiotic relationship in the agave fields of Mexico. Bats, play a vital role as pollinators for the agave plant, which is used to produce tequila. As these bats feed on the agave nectar, they inadvertently transfer pollen from one plant to another, ensuring the plant's reproduction. In return, the agave provides a crucial food source for the bats. This intricate interaction highlights the ecological significance of bats in sustaining the tequila industry while emphasizing the importance of preserving their habitats for mutual benefit. Wanna learn some cool facts about Guadalajara? Follow this link

Important Dates and Deadlines



 Jan 06, 2024

Pre-registration opens for those needing visas 

 Mar 24, 2024

Early registration opens

 May 15, 2024

Symposia and Workshops deadline

 Aug 10, 2024

 Early-bird registration deadline

Last day to submit an abstract

 Aug 31, 2024

Last day to sign up for conference field trips and workshops 

Last day to sign up for Spallanzani

Last day to order t-shirts and other conference merchandise

 Sep 01, 2024

 Last day to get conference rate at hotel

 Sep 15, 2024

Exhibitors registration deadline

 Oct 15, 2024

Last day to purchase banquet ticket 

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