Round Table Discussions (RTDs) usually take place after the main talks of the day. They are an opportunity to bring people together in an informal setting to discuss a particular topic of interest, develop networks or discuss new methodologies or ways of working. PAOCs attract an extremely diverse set of people from many different countries and RTDs are a mechanism that can be used to harness the broad range of skills and experience that will be available at the congress. They can be scientific, conservation-based (e.g. tackling vulture declines), or more general in nature (e.g. how to encourage different sectors of society into bird-based science and conservation).
There is no set format but often a short 5-10-minute introduction is made and the convenor of the RTD then leads a structured discussion around the subject. RTDs work best when there is a defined need or problem, and the aims and desired outcomes of the RTD are clear, whether this be a new network, a document detailing the results, or some other product. RTDs should avoid lengthy presentations in all cases.
If you would like to submit a proposal for an RTD, please use the form below:
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