Hello and welcome to the "7th Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts – CWW 2023!" We're thrilled to have you here on the beautiful Croatian Adriatic coast, in Amadria Park, near the historic city of Šibenik.
This year's conference revolves around the theme “Nature inclusive upscaling of wind energy: Binding together knowledge, innovation, technology and biodiversity on the coast of Croatia”. Working together with the Scientific Advisory Committee, we've put together a comprehensive conference programme featuring a diverse array of captivating activities. These include three keynote speeches, two panel discussions, six workshops, four special sessions, 108 oral and almost 90 poster presentations, as well as excursions and social gatherings. Our primary objective is to facilitate collaboration among scientists, wind industry professionals, and individuals from various global organizations. We aspire to nurture productive discussions and foster innovative solutions to minimize and mitigate the impacts of wind farms on wildlife.
It is an honour to announce that the conference has garnered the patronage of the European Parliament and the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, underscoring its significance and reach.
We, Oikon Ltd. – Institute of Applied Ecology and Supernatural Ltd., are immensely proud to serve as the organizers of CWW 2023, the first conference of its kind to be held in Croatia and this part of Europe. It is also the largest CWW conference to date, drawing participants from all six continents. We have invested a significant amount of effort into the organization of this event, which, given its scale and location, would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Big thanks to all of them for supporting the conference, especially to the platinum sponsors Waardenburg Ecology, Robin Radar, RWE and SSE Renewables. Thanks to our technical organizer Spektar putovanja for their logistical support.
Our sincere appreciation is reserved for David Tidhar, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the rest of the committee for their significant contributions to the conference. They played a pivotal role in shaping the scientific aspect of the programme. Lastly, we would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has contributed to making this conference a resounding success!
To make CWW an internationally inclusive event accessible to a wide range of attendees, we introduced scholarships for attendance for the first time this year through the initiative of the SAC. We are grateful to The Biodiversity Consultancy and NREL for recognizing the importance of this initiative and for sponsoring two women from China and Argentina, allowing them to participate in the conference in person and deliver live presentations. Additionally, the Organizing Committee has successfully secured free online attendance for other scholarship recipients.
We trust that you will find the programme both stimulating and inspiring, and that you will enjoy the many social gatherings and opportunities to foster new connections and strengthen existing partnerships. We are genuinely excited about meeting you all and spending these five days at the conference getting to know you.
Thank you for joining us. On behalf of Oikon and Supernatural we wish you a wonderful conference experience!
Dalibor & Mirna
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