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(9 June 2021) Special funding call closed: The Ethologische Gesellschaft wants to support their society members, whose research is greatly impacted by the global pandemic. Therefore, an extraordinary Corona fund was established to mitigate impacts of Covid-19 on research, or to enable projects that arise because of the special corona situation. Open to all society members who qualify. Applications are short and the deadline is 31 May. The applicants will be informed soon.

(27 February 2021) Save the date: The next conference of the Ethologische Gesellschaft will take place in Berlin, 23-25 February 2022, hosted by Prof. Lars Lewejohann and his team. Members of the Ethologische Gesellschaft may apply for a travel grant of up to €300 for active participation (poster or talk)!

(27 February 2021) Our first virtual conference is over, and we enjoyed it very much. Thank you to all early career researchers who presented their research and for making this a special and inspiring conference. Special thanks go to our science slammers for communicating their research in such a creative and entertaining way. We’re delighted to announce that Michelle Beyer, Jennifer Colbourne and Purbayan Ghosh were awarded the Gwinner Awards for best traditional talk, science slam and poster, respectively.

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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.


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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.