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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.


Ethology meets Psychology in the light of Evolution, 2021
8 January 2021, online

This international online student course in Behavioural Biology is organised by the Institut Francilien d’Éthologie. It is free of charge, and is offered to students and young researchers (Master students, PhD students, Post docs) in behavioural sciences and related disciplines. It will consist of talks by international senior researchers and of poster presentations by participating students.

More information here.

Global Animal Behaviour Twitter Conference, 2021
26 – 27 January 2021, online

The Animal Behavior Society and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour have joined forces to host the first  (#AnimBehav2021)! Unlike a virtual conference, Twitter conferences consist of scheduled tweet threads (presentations) that are uploaded on Twitter and directly followed by Q&A sessions. Presenters deliver their study in a thread of 5-6 tweets to discuss the different components of their research. Visuals are encouraged!!Anybody can attend the Twitter conference by following the conference hashtag (#AnimBehav2021) on Twitter. Right after a presentation is uploaded, attendees are encouraged to tweet at the presenter their questions or comments during the slotted  time (10 mins) for that presentation. There will be a timetable of the conference tweet ‘talks’ so you know when to be online for the presentations that you would like to engage with. Both the Twitter accounts for the Animal Behavior Society (@AnimBehSociety) and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (@asab_tweets) will be retweeting the presentations. You can also keep up with the conference hashtag through this website’s twitter feed.

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EFP-GFP 2021 Seminar Series
Every Wednesday of February 2021, online

The bi-annual conference of the European Federation of Primatology (EFP), which would be a joint meeting with the German Primatological Society (GfP), has been postponed from 2021 to 2022. To keep the flame alive though, the organizers, have decided to host an online seminar series in February 2021; i.e. in the afternoon of every Wednesday of February 2021 we host 3 talks by promising young European Primatologists. If you’re interested in attending please register via the button below

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Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society 2021
26 February 2021, online

We are thrilled to announce our first virtual conferences. Attending and presenting at this conference is entirely free for everybody. Please make sure to register. Our virtual conference will feature the work of students in any area of Behavioural Biology. Talks can take either the form of a traditional conference talk or a science slam. Abstracts and registration are due 15 January 2021.

More information here.

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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30th International Society for Anthrozoology Conference, 2021
22-24 June 2021, online

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) would like to welcome you to the 2021 virtual conference, which will be held June 22-24, 2021. The society was formed in 1991 as a supportive organization for the scientific and scholarly study of human-animal interactions. The theme for ISAZ 2021 is “The changing nature of human-animal relationships: Theory, research and practice.” Whether we are talking about wildlife, farm animals, captively housed wild animals, or companion animals, humans’ attitudes toward, and relationships with, animals are constantly evolving. The conference will feature live symposia that the current state of research on human-animal relationships and the ways they have changed over time, which will be complemented by pre-recorded talks that address the theme and the broader field of anthrozoology.

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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.