Annual Online Conference

The Animal Behaviour Live: Annual Online Conference, our flagship annual conference, returns for a second edition (see the first edition). It is a two-day event highlighting animal behaviour research from across the globe. We focus on ensuring sustainability and inclusivity in science. The next edition of the Animal Behaviour Live: Annual Online Conference will be live streamed via YouTube on 18–19 November 2021.

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If you are interested in attending this online meeting, please register here. Although conference registration is free, registration is mandatory and only those registered will receive the link to attend the meeting.

Plenary sessions

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Pr. Rebecca Kilner
Simpson’s question: How does behaviour influence evolution?
University of Cambridge, UK
Pr. Mariella Herberstein
Understanding animal behaviour - from single species studies to large trait databases
Macquarie University, Australia
Pr. Andrew Straw
Learning about real-world insect vision and navigation using virtual worlds
University of Freiburg, Germany
Pr. Ana Silva
Do sex hormones and hypothalamic neuropeptides matter for non-breeding territorial aggression? Tales from a South American electric fish
University of the Republic, Uruguay
Pr. Ofer Feinerman
Collective problem solving during ant cooperative transport
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


The conference will take place over the course of two days (18-19 November 2021), with three sessions per day. Session 1 will take place from 7am to 10am (UTC+0), Session 2 will take place from 2pm-5pm (UTC+0) and Session 3 will take place from 9pm-12am (UTC+0). Please see the table below for corresponding times in your timezone. Over the two days, we will have a total of four invited plenary speakers and 24 speakers from various fields, including neurobiology, animal cognition and behaviour and collective behaviour. All live streams will be recorded and made available for replay throughout the conference.

In addition, we will have virtual posters and a variety of social events that will be continuously available through Discord.

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Session Time UTC+0 In your local time ()
Day 1, Session 1
Day 1, Session 2
Day 1, Session 3
Day 2, Session 1
Day 2, Session 2
Day 2, Session 3

A sense of community

Plenary talks, talks and virtual-posters will be broadcasted on our YouTube channel during the event. A Discord group will also be provided to the registered participants. Discord is an online application for messaging and audio communication. Using this platform, we aim to gather all participants in one place to extend discussions with talk and virtual-poster speakers, catalyse networking, advertise professional opportunities and have fun.

Past editions