Please find below a list of international meetings that are likely to be of interest to those studying Behavioural Biology.


International Remote Seminar on Frontiers in Social Evolution, 2020
1 September – 15 December 2020, online

This seminar series is targeted at everyone who is fascinated by social evolution. The series includes 16 talks by leading researchers in the field. The talks last for 45 minutes, followed by 60 minutes for discussion. The series will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 11am (New York) or 5pm (Paris) via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to register, which is free, by e-mailing one of the hosts: Loren Hayes Loren (, Carsten Schradin ( or Eduardo Fernandez-Duque ( Recordings will be made available on YouTube.

25th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology
27 September – 2 October 2020, Pedrógão Pequeno, Portugal

The European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) is an annual retreat for PhD students from European labs and developing their projects in Evolution. It is a great opportunity for PhD students to share and receive precious feedback on both their work and presentation skills and also to network and socialize with their peers. In addition, notable Keynote Speakers from relevant and cutting-edge research in Evolution are invited to enrich the event with their knowledge and advice.

For more information please see here.

ASSAB 2020 virtual conference
28 September – 1 October 2020, online

2020 has been challenging, but we still have the chance to network and be social with our peers. ASSAB’s 48th annual conference will be taking place online (over Zoom in a password-protected setting), from the comfort of your own office space or living room! We look forward to seeing (virtually) all of your wonderful faces at the upcoming conference, and hearing some incredible science!

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ASAB Winter Meeting, 2020
3 December – 4 December 2020, online

The winter meeting, planned for Edinburgh, will now be held online and offers students/ECRs the chance to present recent work. As with the summer meeting, there will be plenaries, talks and poster sessionsin addition to professional development, networking opportunities and socialising (and maybe some music).

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Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society 2021
February 2021, Berlin, Germany

This is the annual meeting of our society that attracts ethologists from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. This is also where we hold our general assembly every other year (2022, 2024, etc.).

More information will follow.

Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2021
February 2021, online

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention is the premier international event for more than 3,800 social and personality psychologists. Attendees from academia, non-profit, government, and private sectors present and discuss research, network and collaborate on projects, and pursue professional development while advancing science and pedagogy in the field. There is a great preconference with the title “Origins of the Social Mind”.

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ASAB Easter Meeting 2021
14 April – 16 April 2021, Bristol, UK

ASAB‘s Easter meeting is aimed at research students and early career researchers, and is hosted by a different UK institution each year. After it was unfortunately cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, we’re planning for all eventualities. We and ASAB recognise that especially for PG students and ECRs, the opportunity to develop professional networks and to interact with and support peers is critical, and this more ‘social’ side of virtual meetings has not yet caught up with the benefits that we can get from meeting in real life. Therefore, we intend that the Easter meeting will be held in person, but as you’ll realise, what the situation will be in April 2021 is currently a great unknown. Following on from this summer’s successful ASAB virtual meeting, we are confident that if necessary, we can host this meeting virtually at very short notice, so please be assured that the meeting WILL proceed in one form or another!

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Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2021
26 July – 29 July 2021, Vienna, Austria

The topic of the meeting in 2021 will be ‘Comparative Cognition—Animal Minds’.

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Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology 2021
22 August – 27 August 2021, Prague, Czech Republic

The biennial ESEB congress is one of the largest conferences in evolutionary biology with about 1400 – 1700 participants.

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Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society 2021
31 August – 3 September 2021, Würzburg, Germany

The meeting is held every year and attracts zoologists across disciplines. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the meeting for 2020 has been cancelled and postponed to 2021.

For more information please see here.


International Society for Behavioral Ecology Congress 2020/2022 – postponed
11 September – 16 September 2022, Melbourne, Australia

Please note, ISBE2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis and will now take place in 2022. The 18th International Behavioral Ecology Congress will take place in Melbourne, Australia. The ISBE Congress is held every two years and attracts behavioural ecologists from across world.

The Hamilton Lecture will be given by Prof. John Endler.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Prof. Ashleigh Griffin, Prof. Shinichi Nakagawa, Prof. Florian Schiestl, Prof. Claire Spottiswoode, Prof. Roxana Torres and Dr Maren Vitousek.

For more information please see here.