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We are very pleased to announce the final conference of our 5-year project “LIFE Artina –
Seabird conservation network in the Adriatic”
which will be held

from May 9 to 11, 2023 in hotel Medena, Seget Donji, Croatia.

During the conference, we will be presenting the work that has been carried out during LIFE Artina, and share best practices and lessons learned. At the same time we hope to have fruitful discussions with all national and international attendees in order to improve our efforts in the future and together ensure the long-term conservation of Adriatic and Mediterranean seabird populations. Besides the project partners we will bring together stakeholders and collaborators from the nature conservation and fisheries sectors, from local action groups to governmental institutions, as well as regional and international experts in the field.

Conference sessions:

  • Rat eradication from large (inhabited) islands
  • Census methods for burrow-nesting seabirds
  • Community involvement in seabird conservation
  • Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas
  • Conservation of Audouin’s Gull in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean

Each session will be designed to have a keynote speaker, several presentations, and moderated discussion. Each session will also produce key findings and recommendations for the future conservation of seabirds.

You can download the Book of Abstracts in English language.

The registration deadline for onsite participation is Monday, April 12, 2023, while the registration deadline for online participation is Friday, May 5, 2023.

Note: It will be possible to listen to lectures online, but the online participation to the discussions will be limited.

Explore our agenda!

Here is the agenda for our conference, which includes several sessions on five different topics, some of which will run concurrently. We have a great lineup of keynote speakers and discussions that you’re sure to find interesting and useful.

Outline Programme

Monday 8 May 2023
Arrival day, as the conference starts at 09:00 o’clock the following morning.
The day can be used to plan your own activities.

Tuesday 9 May 2023
A full day of presentations, discussions, networking, and sharing, finishing at 5 pm.
Evening: Organized visit to and dinner in the old town of Trogir (optional).

Wednesday 10 May 2023
A full day of presentations, discussions, networking and sharing, finishing at 5 pm.
Evening: free

Thursday 11 May 2023
A boat field trip to the surrounding islands, visiting one of the newly designated IBAs for seabirds (full day) + organized lunch on the boat. Travel itinerary: start 9:00, return 17:00

Friday 12 May 2023
Return home day

The registration deadline for onsite participation is Monday, April 12, 2023, while the registration deadline for online participation is Friday, May 5, 2023.

Keynote speakers

Daniel Oro

Daniel is an ecologist working at the Theoretical and Computational Ecology Group at the Centre of Advanced Studies (CEAB-CSIC) in Blanes, Spain (https://www.theelab.net/). His research focuses on the dynamics of populations and communities and how organisms cope with environmental change, from behavioural plasticity to demographic resilience.

Nicola Baccetti

Nicola works as senior researcher at ISPRA, the national environmental agency of the Italian Ministry of the Environment. His activity deals mostly with seabirds and waterbirds, and includes the national co-ordination of several projects such as the IWC, Flamingo project, MSFD bird monitoring, etc. He has participated to several field surveys in the Mediterranean (usually for RAC-SPA), Black Sea and Africa, as well as to most rat eradications since these operation started being performed in Italy.

Jaclyn Pearson

Jaclyn is based on the Isles of Scilly, UK, works as Development Manager and Biosecurity Officer at RSPB and specialises in rodent eradication and biosecurity on inhabited islands. Jaclyn project managed the Isle of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project in the UK in 2013 and assisted the Lord Howe Rodent Eradication Project, Australia 2017 – 2019. Jaclyn assists biosecurity planning as part of the RSPB’s EU LIFE Biosecurity for LIFE project, advising on how to engage island communities in biosecurity actions.

Paolo Sposimo

Paolo is an ornithologist, co-founder of the Tuscan Ornithological Center, co-author and field researcher on many research projects on Tuscan avifauna. Has worked on protected areas and implementation of the EU Habitats and Birds Directives, as technical coordinator of the working group that identified Natura2000 Network sites in Tuscany in 1995-96. Over the past 25 years he has worked extensively on alien species, planning and coordinating most of the major rat eradication interventions carried out to date in the Mediterranean islands. He works in the company of environmental consulting NEMO Ltd.

Pedro Raposo

Pedro studied biology and environmental law before working in national public administration in Portugal in in the areas related to coastal management and maritime public domain, land use planning and nature conservation in Portugal. He joined the Azores Regional Government in 2005 and later helped to establish the Environment Service on the island of Graciosa, where he now works. In 2007 he was appointed as director of the Natural Park of Graciosa and from 2012 as chairman of the management council of the Biosphere Reserve of Graciosa Island. The main focus of his work is the maintenance of the protected areas of the Graciosa Natural Park, specifically the two nature reserves of Praia and Baixo, where some of the most important colonies of seabirds in the Azores nest.

Antonio Vulcano

Antonio works as a Marine Officer for BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, focussing on conservation and policy issues related to the marine environment, among which fisheries, offshore renewables and marine protected areas. Previously to joining the team, Antonio has worked for BirdLife partners in Malta, Portugal and Spain, spending time in the field on a variety of projects aimed at protecting seabirds and their habitats on land and at sea

Booking accommodation

Don’t forget to book your accommodation at hotel Medena.
How to reach hotel Medena

Address: Ulica Hrvatskih žrtava 185, 21218, Seget Donji, Croatia

By car: free parking at hotel

By plane: taxi from Split airport (Bolt / Uber prices €10.00 – €15.00) By bus: (local bus timetable – lines from Trogir that pass next to the hotel are: 45, 48, 49, 50 and 52)

Participation in the conference is free and includes lunches on the 9th and 10th, one evening dinner (in Trogir) and a boat field trip (incl. lunch) on the last day. Please confirm your participation for each of the days in the registration form. Travel, accommodation and other costs are at your own expense.

Do get in touch if you want to know anything more about the conference. We are available for all questions via the following email: life.artina@gmail.com.

Check our photo gallery!

Day one

Second day

Third day

Group photo (Author: M. Glavinić)