European Vulture Conference
All the information you need to plan your trip for the European Vulture Conference 2023
To ensure that your trip is seamless and enjoyable, we have put together a comprehensive travel guide with all the information you need. This guide covers the venue details, travel advise, hotel options, insider tips on birdwatching, FAQs and more. It's your one-stop resource to start planning your trip to Cáceres today.
A UNESCO World Heritage site combining a blend of history, culture and gastronomy
Cáceres, a medieval town located in Extremadura, Spain, is a true gem of the region. Its winding streets and ancient walls transport you back in time, offering a unique glimpse into its rich history. This incredible town has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason. Its stunning architecture, which includes palaces, churches, and fortified towers, is a testament to its long and varied past. Cáceres also offers a wealth of cultural experiences, such as traditional festivals and events, as well as a thriving gastronomy scene that showcases the best of Extremadura’s cuisine. Visitors to Cáceres can sample local specialties such as Iberian ham, torta del casar cheese, and traditional sweets. Another unique aspect of Cáceres is its birding potential. Griffon and Cinereous Vultures can often be seen soaring above the city center, while the old town is home to a colony of Lesser kestrels. Birds of prey such as Booted Eagles are also frequently spotted in the area. With its rich history, vibrant cultural scene and diverse wildlife, Cáceres is a town that will inspire and charm you.
A vulture-rich landscape that is a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts
Extremadura, a region situated in western Spain, is renowned for its diverse natural and cultural treasures that are not to be missed. One of the most distinctive features of this region is its abundant birdlife, which encompasses hundreds of species, including a vast array of birds of prey. Cinereous and Griffon Vultures breed in considerable numbers here, while the majestic Egyptian Vulture can also be spotted, although less common. Extremadura is also home to sizeable populations of Black and Red Kites, Lesser Kestrels, Montagu’s Harriers and Spanish Imperial Eagles, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. Along with its birdlife, Extremadura boasts a rich cultural heritage that can be explored through its stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and traditional festivals. Whether you are a nature lover or a culture enthusiast, Extremadura offers something that will pique your interest and captivate your imagination.
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Complejo Cultural San Francisco
The Complejo Cultural San Francisco is a venue like no other, with a rich history and stunning architecture. This congress and exhibition center is housed within the magnificent old San Francisco el Real Monastery, which was built in 1472 and has served various purposes throughout history, including as a hospital and school-residence for young orphans of the province. Despite enduring fires and plundering during the War of Independence, the Monastery has been restored and refurbished over the years, and in 1980, it undertook its new mission, transforming into Complejo Cultural San Francisco and becoming the headquarters of the Cultural Institution El Brocense. Today, this centre is also home to its own nesting White storks, although the pair may not be present in November.
Complejo Cultural San Francisco is a venue that offers a range of rooms, halls, and auditoriums equipped with modern amenities, all while retaining its historical essence. The venue’s unique Gothic and Renaissance cloisters, as well as gardens, cafeteria, free parking, wheelchair accessibility and other facilities make it an ideal choice for hosting various events, including the upcoming European Vulture Conference in 2023.
As you plan your attendance at the upcoming European Vulture Conference, please be aware that you are responsible for booking and paying for your own accommodation. To assist you in finding suitable lodging, we have compiled a list of the best hotel options available in the area. While we provide estimated rates for your convenience, please note that no guaranteed rates or reservations have been made exclusively for the conference. We recommend contacting the hotels directly to inquire about availability and secure your booking. Most hotels in Cáceres are 15-20 minutes walking distance from the venue.
Gran Hotel Don Manuel
Other Booking Suggestions
It is important to arrange your own transport to Cáceres as soon as possible. We have participants joining us from all over the world, so we have compiled some travel options to help make your trip as easy as possible. Our comprehensive travel guide provides information on the best ways to reach Cáceres, including by plane, train, bus or car.
What to bring with you!
When traveling to Cáceres in November, it’s important to pack accordingly for the chilly weather. During the day, temperatures typically range from the mid 10s Celsius but can dip into single digits Celsius at night.
To stay cozy during your trip, it’s recommended that you bring warm clothing such as sweaters, jackets, and thermal layers. Don’t forget to pack waterproof shoes and an umbrella or a waterproof jacket, as rain can be regular during this time of year. If you plan to join the field trips, be sure to pack comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and binoculars to fully enjoy the birdlife and wildlife of Extremadura. We also suggest you bring a reusable water bottle with you to avoid waste and stay hydrated during your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
To register for the Conference, please visit the European Vulture Conference registration webpage at the Registration Page.
Your registration fee covers the following:
- 3-day access to all talks, workshops, and poster sessions
- Morning and afternoon coffee breaks during the Conference
- Lunch meals for all conference days
- A cultural visit to Cáceres (15 November)
- A celebration dinner (16 November)
- Field trip (17 November)
The receipts will be automatically sent to your email address.
If you need to cancel your participation, you can do so before 31 July. A handling fee of 10% will be deducted from the registration fees for cancellations made before this date. After 31 July, no refunds will be provided. All refunds will be processed within one month after the end of the event, with possible deductions for bank charges.
We highly encourage all attendees to register for the Conference in advance. This helps us plan accordingly for the number of attendees and ensures a smoother registration process.
You can submit an abstract using the online submission form before the deadline on 15 June 2023 at Abstract Submission Form.
Yes, the conference programme will be available online in the coming months and will be published on the Conference Website.
Information regarding presentation guidelines will soon be available on the conference website or will be communicated directly to approved sessions/ authors.
No, this year's edition will be held in person. However, the Vulture Conservation Foundation is considering making presentation recordings available after the Conference ends. The VCF is assessing the venue's capacities and associated costs to determine the feasibility of this option. If viable, recordings may become available for purchase at a later stage.
Yes, there will be a registration desk during the conference days. You can pick up your badge there, and our team will be available to assist you with any questions regarding the Conference.
No, transportation and transfers are not provided by the organisation. Each participant is responsible for organising their own transportation. Please refer to the travel guide for more information.
There is no designated hotel for this Conference. We suggest you stay at a hotel or other accommodation in the Cáceres city centre, which is around a 15-20 minute walk from the conference venue.
A Certificate of Attendance will be sent to you by email after the Conference.
A Certificate of Presentation will be sent to you by email after the Conference.