IBAC 2019 Travel Subsidy Application

The IBAC 2019 Travel Subsidy Application was created to provide financial assistance to students presenting at the XXVII International Bioacoustics Congress held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, from 31st August to 5th September 2019 ( Funds are limited and will be based on need. In order to provide financial aid to as many students as possible, typically no more than £400 will be allocated to each applicant. This fund was made possible by sponsorship from our gold sponsor, Wildlife Acoustics Inc, and our bronze sponsors Avisoft, Dodotronic, and Cetacean Research Technology.

Applications for this are now closed. 

Travel subsidy applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email no later than July 8, 2019. Those who are awarded travel funds will be asked to complete an expense claim form for an electronic transfer of funds, and will need to provide receipts for all claimed costs. 




Outstanding Oral Presentation

by Student and Early Career Researcher


PeerJ will support the prize for:


Outstanding Oral Presentation by Student or Early Career Researcher


To be eligible, you must currently be a student or have obtained your PhD within the past 5 years (defence date). The deadline for being considered for this award is Thursday 6th June (for scheduling purposes).


The prize is sponsored by the open-access journal PeerJ, and will include:

  • An Award Certificate
  • An interview about your research, advertised on the PeerJ and IBAC websites
  •  A voucher for free PeerJ publication (valued at $1095 USD) following peer-review, and given paper acceptance



Talks will be judged by a panel of experts selected by the IBAC committee. Judging criteria will include content and impact of the presented research, novelty and originality, as well as presentation style.


The award will be presented during the Award Ceremony at the Gala dinner on Monday 2nd September.





Outstanding Poster Award


 Taylor & Francis will support the prize for:


Outstanding Poster


All posters will automatically be considered for this award.


The prize is sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Bioacoustics: The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording,

and will include:

  • An Award Certificate
  •  £100 cash prize


Posters will be judged by editors of the journal Bioacoustics. Judging criteria will include clarity, research quality, overall design, and presentation.


Judging will take place during the poster session on Wednesday 4th September and posters will be assessed on clarity, research quality and overall design.


The award will be presented on the 4th September by Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision at The British Library Sound Archive,  Professor Peter K. McGregor from the ISPA University Institute, Lisbon and Dr Andrew Horn, Dalhousie University, Canada.
About the journal:
Bioacoustics primarily publishes high-quality original research papers and reviews on sound communication in birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects and other invertebrates, including the following topics :
  • Communication and related behaviour
  • Sound production
  • Hearing
  • Ontogeny and learning
  • Bioacoustics in taxonomy and systematics
  • Impacts of noise
  • Bioacoustics in environmental monitoring
  • Identification techniques and applications
  • Recording and analysis
  • Equipment and techniques
  • Ultrasound and infrasound
  • Underwater sound
  • Bioacoustical sound structures, patterns, variation and repertoires


Craziest spectrogram


An award will be offered for the craziest spectrogram. More details to follow.


Coolest sound recording


An award will be offered for the best sound recording. More details to follow.