Goose 2020: 19th Conference of the Goose Specialist Group


Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 28-31 January 2020


The Goose Specialist Group will hold its 19th conference in Leeuwarden, in the province of Friesland in The Netherlands, from 28-31 January 2020. The Netherlands is one of the most important countries for migratory geese in Europe. And within the country, about 40% of wintering numbers concentrate in Friesland. Its vicinity to the Wadden Sea area, vast grassland areas and numerous wetlands which provide suitable roosts, make the province highly attractive for geese.


The program is now available on the right side of this page.

Venue and how to get there

The conference will be held in Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Ruiterskwartier 4, 8911 BP Leeuwarden ( Leeuwarden is the capital of the province of Friesland, in the northern part of The Netherlands. It has frequent train connections to all surrounding larger cities (Groningen, Zwolle). From Schiphol Amsterdam airport it is about 2 hours by train (check details). The city also has numerous convenient hotel facilities and a well-developed scene of restaurants and cafés. Find some hotels here.


Information for those who need an invitation for Visa

Participants that are in need of an invitation for their visa application are kindly asked to download our standard invitation letter, fill out the information in the yellow fields, and return it to the conference organizers. We will then return the signed invitation to you as a pdf as well as via the mail.


The costs for the entire conference are €200. This includes coffee and tea breaks, lunch, excursion and conference dinner. Dinner at the other conference days will be at your own expense, as will be the hotel costs. Limited funds are available for support in travel and conference costs. If you want to make use of this, please contact the conference organizers.

We are making arrangements with a number of hotels, offering a range of prices from basic and cheap to more expensive and add more information about this soon. How to pay?

Organizing committee

Goose 2020 is organized by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), Dutch Centre for Avian Migration and Demography (Vogeltrekstation) and Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (Sovon).

A scientific committee consisting of Julius Morkunas, Götz Eichhorn, Julia Stahl and Chiel Boom is in charge of the program and will check the submitted abstracts.

More soon!

Further information about practicalities, the conference program and submission of talks and posters, etc. will be available soon.
It is now possible to submit an abstract for your talk or poster
Deadline extended to 31 October 2019!


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