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.

Registration and Abstract Submission have now closed.

Important information for conference attendees

Photo and Video Competition
For those who attended last year’s conference, the competition will be run in a similar way, as outlined below. Photos and videos will be displayed at the conference, and all those attending will have the opportunity to vote for the best in each category. Winners will be decided by these votes; there will be no judging panel.

Photo Competition
There will be three categories for best photograph:

  1. Best vertebrate
  2. Best invertebrate
  3. Best of an animal doing something to another animal

How to enter / conditions of entry:
There is a maximum of 1 photograph per person in each category. Please send an email to assab2017contest@gmail.com by 11th July to let us know how many photos you are bringing, so we can organise space to display them. Then print and bring your photographs (no size limit) to the conference with your name written on the back. Photos previously entered into ASSAB photograph competitions are not permitted.

Video Competition
There will be a single competition category of “best video”.

How to enter / conditions of entry:
The maximum video duration is 30 seconds.  You may enter as many videos as you like! If you wish to enter, send an email to assab2017contest@gmail.com and we will invite you to upload your video to a shared Dropbox folder. All videos must be uploaded by July 14th. Videos that have previously been entered into ASSAB video competitions are not permitted.


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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