Annual Online Conference

The Animal Behaviour Live: Annual Online Conference, our flagship annual conference, returns for a third edition (see the previous editions). 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 17–18 November 2022. See the full programme.

Access the conference


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 speakers

This year also we have a wonderful set of plenaries from around the globe, including:

Pr. Madeleine Beekman
Why I love studying honeybees
Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Biology, The University of Sydney, Australia (Website)
Pr. Elizabeth Tibbetts
How communication, cognition, and flexible hormone titers mediate social competence in paper wasps
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, USA (Website)
Pr. Hema Somanathan
Bees beyond twilight
Professor at the School of Biology of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram, India (Website)
Pr. Erica van de Waal
Lab cognition going wild: field experiments on vervet monkeys
Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Website)
Pr. Leticia Avilés
Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Website)

Workshops and social events

Scientific outreach - Bringing Students Into the Hive: Designing and Assessing Outreach Programs

hosted by Amalie Strange, Arizona State University, USA

Do you want to share your research and inspire the next generation of animal behavior researchers? Are there underserved communities in your area that you’d like to connect with through science education? If so, join us at “Bringing Students Into the Hive: Designing and Assessing Outreach Programs” hosted by Amalie Strange! Amalie is an Animal Behavior PhD candidate at Arizona State University studying digital environmental education and how it impacts children’s environmental ethics. She has developed a Zoom Honeybee Hive Tour for elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods and qualitative arts-based and walking interview methodologies to assess the tour.

In this session, we’ll talk about:

STRANGE framework

with Michael M. Webster & Christian Rutz, University of St Andrews, UK, authors of the STRANGE framework

We are also happy to announce a collaboration with the team behind the STRANGE framework (read the article) as part of the events scheduled for this year's conference. This satellite workshop will discuss how to apply these guidelines to our research and improve reproducibility of the experiments we perform. You will also have the opportunity to interact live with the authors and ask questions about the framework during the event! Register for the round table by clicking here (extra-registration, mandatory).


with Pr. Elizabeth Tibbetts and Pr. Hema Somanathan

Our Meet the PI sessions are aimed at bridging the gap between early career and established researchers. Attendees can interact with our speakers via YouTube chat. Speakers will give a short introduction of themselves then the floor will be open for question, which will be relayed to the speakers by our chairperson. Topics may include: academic journey, work-life balance, funding, traveling for research, etc.

Communication kit

Help us communicate about this event! Follow us and share our tweets on Twitter and download our flyer. It is available in three colours and ready to be printed and put on display in your university department.

Flyer you can use in all digital communications. Printer ready version also available.

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