IAATE Awards & Grants


Awards & Grants

Each year at the annual conference IAATE presents a series of awards recognizing significant achievements by its members in several fields.
Members may also apply for grant funding for conservation projects with the grant awards being made at the conference.

You can check past Awards & Grant winners here.
Education Grant

IAATE Education Grants are awarded to members to develop and support their programs in achieving their educational goals. The winners will be announced at the Annual Conference Banquet. Attendance at the conference is not a requirement, but is encouraged. Supporting materials such as videos and pictures can be included with entry/application.

Conservation Grant

IAATE Conservation Grants are open to any individual or organization proposing work that will support the IAATE's mission. However, projects must be sponsored by, or include a role for, an IAATE member in good standing. Projects being awarded grant funding will be announced at the annual conference Banquet. Attendance at the conference is not a requirement. Videotapes, pictures, papers, etc., can be included with entry/application.

High Flyer Award

This award will be given to the paper that the conference attendees vote as the best. All conference attendees get to vote on their favorite paper; so to have a chance at winning this award all you have to do is present a paper. All presenters for the conference have their papers automatically entered for the High Flyer Award. Note that only papers submitted by the submission deadline are eligible.

Behavior Showcase

In the spirit of sharing, IAATE would like to celebrate your training successes. Do you have a behavior you would like to share with the attendees of the IAATE 2020 Dominican Republic conference? During the opening of the general paper session, we will be showing a montage of our members best guest interactions, husbandry, and show behaviors. 

Get your cameras out and capture your team’s proudest short (2 minutes or less) video clip. Submissions to the Awards Committee will be accepted in the months leading up to the 2020 Dominican Republic conference. Deadline for submission will be January 31, 2020. 

While this montage video is not an award, we will be showcasing and celebrating some of the great training as well as inspirational and creative ideas our members have accomplished in the past year! 

Please consider the welfare of the bird and safety of the audience and trainer during the behavior. Please see IAATE Position Statement on best practices in training for reference. 

Submissions for the 2020 reel will be accepted until January 31, 2020.


Here’s how to submit:



Film in landscape orientation

Mp4 with h.264 compression

Preferably Full HD 1080 (1920x1080), no less than 1280x720


NAME YOUR FILE with your institution’s name, following this naming convention: institutionname_behaviorname_IAATE2020.mpeg

No spaces or hyphens in filename

Example: CascadesRaptorCenter_CrateLoad_IAATE2020.mpeg


UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO FILE, each behavior as a separate file, to this dropbox:


Submission Deadlines

Deadline October 1, 2019
Paper/Poster Abstracts
Conference Scholarship Application Submission

Deadline January 10, 2020
Conservation and Education Grant Application Submission

Deadline January 31, 2020
Photo Contest Submission

Registration Deadlines

Deadline January 1, 2020
Early Bird Registration

Deadline January 30, 2020
Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation

Deadline January 25, 2020
All Mailed and Online Registrations

Please feel free to contact us using the contact form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.



The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

is an organization for individuals who are active in the field of avian training and who are involved in environmental education programs.

IAATE was founded to foster communication, professionalism and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.



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