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(04 January 2021) We are accepting applications for our research project funds. Open to all society members who qualify. Applications are short and the deadline is 31 January.

(01 January 2021) It is January and we have new council members! Claudia Fichtel is now our president with Wolfgang Goyman as vice president, Jo Frommen took over a little earlier the role of our secretary. We welcome Alex Kotrschal and Erica van de Waal as new extended council members and Sylvia Kaiser back. Many thanks to Wiebke Schuett (former secretary) and Peter Kappeler (who served for 13 years!) for everything you have done for the Ethological Society!

(10 December 2020) We are really thrilled to announce our FIRST VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, taking place on 26 February 2021! Registration is open until 15 January 2021. More information can be found here.

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The society page – picture of a young greylag goose


The Society
The Ethologische Gesellschaft is a non-profit organization, founded with the aim of supporting behavioural research in science and teaching. It was founded on 10 October 1978 in Basel (Switzerland). At the meeting 116 members were present, and the society now has about 400 members, most of whom are from German-speaking countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) and the Netherlands.

Anyone who is or was a researcher in Behavioural Biology is welcome to join the society. The society also welcomes members who want to financially or intellectually support the aims of the society.

Twice a year the society publishes its booklet EthoNews, which is sent to all members as pdf by email. It includes sections on internal matters, research/perspectives, projects/meetings as well as abstracts from BSc, MSc and PhD theses.

Every other year, the society awards the prestigious Niko Tinbergen Award to outstanding investigators in Animal Behaviour research. Furthermore, the society supports small research projects, projects of early-career researchers, and attendance at its own and other conferences, and is involved in organizing the biannual European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB). The society organizes an annual meeting, and together with the German Zoological Society, an annual meeting for MSc and PhD students.


The Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V. stands up for the realisation of equality, human rights and tolerance towards all people independent of their background. We do not accept any kind of antisemitism, discrimination, homophobia, racism, or sexism. Furthermore, we support the Jena declaration ‘The concept of race is the result of racism, not its prerequisite’, which was approved by the German Zoological Society and the President of Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


© 2007 Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V.

The content of this pages may only be used after written approval by the Ethologischen Gesellschaft e.V.
Responsible: Manon Schweinfurth | Photos: Annika Freudiger, Roger Schürch, Kerstin Schulz, Manon Schweinfurth

For information, contributions, or changes please contact Dr Manon Schweinfurth at ms397[at]st-andrews.ac.uk.