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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 (FINE), 2021
Every Tuesday live on YouTube and Zoom, online

This seminar series is an opportunity to meet weekly with people worldwide, who are fascinated by social evolution. Renown scientists will deliver talks about sociality of naturally occurring populations, covering theoretical and empirical aspects. In addition, this series aims to provide opportunities for junior scientists to interact with leaders in social evolution research and to promote scholarly activity of members of under-represented groups and from developing nations. Recordings of all talks can be found on YouTube. Hosts: Carsten Schradin (CNRS Strasbourg, France), Loren Hayes (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, U.S.A.) and Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Yale University, U.S.A.).

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Annual meeting of the The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, 2021
24 March – 27 March 2021, online

The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association conferences aim to provide a much needed interdisciplinary European forum for discussing evolutionary research applied to the behavioural sciences, broadly interpreted. The association is committed to organising genuinely interdisciplinary conferences that bring together all researchers applying evolutionary theory to the behavioural sciences, including not only the main branches of human behavioural ecology, evolutionary psychology and cultural evolution, but including disciplines such as evolutionary archaeology, sociology, medicine and public health.

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BEE, 2021
7 April – 8 April 2021, online

The Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution (BEE) interdisciplinary, graduate student conference is the first of its kind. BEE aims to provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their work in a constructive and supportive environment, whilst also being able to network and socialise with peers both within and across fields of interest. Students are offered the chance to present in poster or oral format, and we encourage work that spans across our three focal disciplines. As well as student presentations, BEE will also be host to significant keynote speakers and workshops aimed at promoting both academic development and personal wellbeing.

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The 28th International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 2021
7 April – 10 April 2021, online

This year’s virtual CO3 will feature 2-min, 5-min, and 10-min prerecorded talks, as well as a live CCS Research Award winner event, daily Q&As with presenters, and nightly opportunities to socialize. Posters have been replaced with 2-min lightning talks. See the presentation submission document for more details, and the award section below for more details on the Early Career Award and details on the Featured Graduate Student Session. Additionally, this will be the inaugural year for the CCS Early Career Award ($1000) sponsored by the Psychonomic Society.

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ASAB Easter Meeting, 2021
14 April – 16 April 2021, online

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, it’s going virtual this year! ASAB Easter meetings do not have a subject theme, so any aspect of animal behaviour research is welcome!

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Workshop in Foundations of Animal Minds, 2021
22 April – 23 April 2021, online

The Johns Hopkins Foundations of Mind Group will bring together researchers from philosophy and comparative psychology to discuss the foundations of animal minds in a two-day online workshop. They will discuss both foundational methodological issues in the study of animal minds — How should we study non-linguistic creatures? What is the appropriate balance between observation in the wild and experimentation, neural and computational evidence? What role can or should thinking about evolution play in psychology and neuroscience? — and issues concerning the foundations of the mind — What are the most important differences between the minds of different species? What forms do or could the most foundational mental capacities take in different creatures?

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International Student Symposium on Animal Behaviour and Cognition, 2021
17 May – 20 May 2021, online

ISSABC is intended as a platform for students at all career stages to showcase their research and make connections with peers and future colleagues. Additionally, the conference aims to provide a safe space where students can work together to share their expertise and passion for all things animal behaviour and cognition. We welcome all students to participate and are excited to highlight the fantastic work being done around the globe.

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Culture Conference, 2021
07 June – 08 June 2021, online

The topic will be “Evolutionary Perspectives on Culture” covering human and non-human cultures.

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30th International Society for Anthrozoology Conference, 2021
22 June – 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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Animal Behavior Society Conference, 2021
3 August – 6 August 2021, online

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54th International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, 2020/2021 – postponed
2 August – 6 August 2021, online

The meeting is held regularly and has been postponed due to the global pandemic. The meeting’s theme is ‘Developing animal behaviour and welfare: Real solutions for real problems’.

For more information please see here.

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.


Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society, 2022
23 February – 25 February 2022, Berlin

The next annual meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft will take place in Berlin, 23-25 February 2022, hosted by Prof. Lars Lewejohann and his team. Save the date.

More information will be posted here.

Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology 2021/2022 – postponed
TBA, 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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International Congress Neuroethology, 2020/2022 – postponed
24 July – 29 July 2022, Lisbon, Portugal

The International Conference for Neuroethology (ICN) is the official regular meeting of the International Society for Neuroethology (ISN). ISN is a scholarly society devoted to Neuroethology, that was formed in Kassel, Germany in 1981. Neuroethology is a relatively young science that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that focus on the study of how nervous systems generate natural behavior in animals.

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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.