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.
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.
Pr. Rebecca Kilner is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Cambridge, UK. Research in her group focuses on the relationship between social behaviour and evolution, in birds and insect species. With experiments in the field and the laboratory, her group has derived novel general insights into the evolution of social behaviour and demonstrated how social behaviour can, in turn, affect evolution.
Pr. Mariella Herberstein is a Professor at the Macquarie University, Australia. Her group investigates the behavioural ecology of invertebrates including spiders and insects within an evolutionary framework. Her group is interested in establishing spiders as significant models in behavioural and evolutionary research, deceptive signals in spiders and orchids, and the mating behaviour and sexual selection in spiders and insects.
Pr. Andrew Straw is a professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His group studies neural circuits and behavior. By developing advanced technical systems such as virtual reality arenas, they investigate the mechanistic basis of visual behaviors such as navigation in Drosophila.
Pr. Ana Silva directs the Laboratory of Neuroscience of the School of Sciences at the University of the Republic, Uruguay. Her research focuses on understanding the neuroendocrine bases of social behavior in general, and agonistic behavior in particular; as well as on the study of environmental and social pressures modulating the functioning of the biological clock.
Pr. Ofer Feinerman leads the Ant Collective Behavior Group at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. His research focuses on the collective behaviour of ants, including collective transport, trail formation, ... by combining experiments with theory, lab with field work, technological solutions with data analysis, and pencil scribbling with nest digging to try and take on the challenging task of observing ants.
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.
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.