Announcing: ASSAB Conference 2017

The 45th meeting of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, will take place from the 19th – 22nd July, 2017, at Foothills Conference Centre, Mooroolbark, Victoria.





Key Dates

Registration: Closes 21st May
Abstract submissions: Close 30th May

This conference will be held entirely on-site, including talks, accommodation, and meals. Registration cost is all-inclusive.

Registration rates: student – $660; non-student – $900, this includes:

  • 3 nights twin-share accommodation (with the option to pay a bit extra for your own room), and
  • all meals during the conference, and
  • the conference dinner

Undergraduate Travel Awards – NOW OPEN!
And don’t forget to check out this year’s undergraduate Travel Awards, providing assistance for recent 3rd or 4th year undergraduates to attend the conference.

Abstract Submission
Once you have registered, please submit your abstract to assab2017abstracts [at] gmail.com as an attachment by 30th May 2017. Please read this form for full details regarding length and formatting.

The Foothills Conference Centre is located around 40km east of Melbourne, at 48 Edinburgh Rd, Mooroolbark.  Accommodation and catering are included in the registration fee! So please indicate any special dietary requirements when you register.

Getting There
We will arrange bus transfers from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, with a pick-up in the CBD.  Travel time will be around an hour and a half (up to two hours allowing for traffic).  For those who would prefer to drive themselves, there is ample free parking on site.

When you register, you will have the option to book transfers – $20 each way.

Arriving: The bus will leave the airport on Wed 19th July at 2pm with pick-up in the CBD at 2.30pm, arriving at foothills by 4pm.

Returning: The bus will leave Foothills on Sat 22nd at 11am, with drop-off in the CBD at approximately 12.30pm, and at the airport at approximately 1pm (but allow a little leeway when booking flights).

For those who are unable to meet the transfer bus, google “PTV journey planner” to search for public transport options (which take around 2h) that fit our schedule.

Plenary Speakers
We have arranged a wonderful line-up of five plenary speakers.

Phil Byrne (University of Wollongong, far left)
Understanding the causes and consequences of polyandry: insights from anuran systems.

Karen Cheney (University of Queensland, second from left)
Colour signals in the sea

Megan Head (Australian National University, centre)
Sexual conflict and parental care

Amanda Ridley (University of Western Australia, second from right)

Robbie Wilson (University of Queensland, far right)
Predicting the movement speeds of animals


This year there will be no posters. You can choose a ‘full-length’ presentation of 12 min plus 3 min questions or a ‘speed talk’ of 3 min plus 1 question. Prizes will be awarded for best students talks.

Post-conference trips
Following the conference, ASSAB Conference 2017 is offering attendees the opportunity to interact with iconic and endangered Australian fauna at Healesville Sanctuary.  Walk through the Koala Forest, or visit Dingo Country to see Australia’s only native canine.  Be amazed by soaring raptors and stunning parrots at the Spirits of the Sky avian show.  Watch injured native animals being treated at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, or see conservation programs in action for species including the Orange-bellied Parrot, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Southern Corroboree Frog. Other sanctuary highlights can be found here.

Cost: $65 – includes price of entry, transport from the conference centre (pick-up 11am), approximately 4 hours at the Sanctuary and post-tour transfer to Melbourne CBD (by 6pm). Lunch can be purchased from the Sanctuary cafes and restaurant.


If you have any questions about ASSAB2017 please get in touch via email: conference[at]assab.org






Upcoming Conferences

Behaviour 2017 July 30 – August 4. Joint meeting of the 35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior (ASAB).  More info here.

ICBP&G 2017 October 4-7. International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology, and Genetics of Wildlife, Berlin, Germany. More info here.

AOC 2017 November 8-11. Australasian Ornithological Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. More info here.

ASSAB 2018 July 12-14. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

ICN 2018 July 16-20. International Congress of Neuroethology, Brisbane, Australia.

IUSSI 2018. August 5-10. International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Guarujá, Brazil. More info here.




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