Welcome to the ASAB virtual conference 2020!

The ASAB virtual conference (#ASABvirtual2020) is the first online conference for The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. After the cancellation of conferences and events due to COVID-19, and mindful of our responsibilities to reduce our carbon footprint, we are trialling this new format!


Appropriately, the theme for the conference is:

How do pathogens and parasites affect behaviour?

We will be interpreting this very broadly: from ticks altering grooming networks, through brood parasitism, mind-control in infected animals, or human responses to threats of infection. If you work on any issues even remotely connected with this topic, we’d welcome your contributions. As with all ASAB meetings, researchers of any aspect of animal behaviour are very welcome and we anticipate that there will be much for you in terms of the social, mentoring and networking opportunities, even if pathogens are not central to your work. Do join us for the day!

Registration and Abstract submission open: 3rd June

Abstract submission deadline: 16th June

Registration closed: 3rd July

Conference: 16th July


Dr Cécile Sarabian

Prof. Iain Barber

Prof. Vanessa Ezenwa

Kyoto University Primate Research Institute


Theme: Individual behavioural responses to parasites and pathogens

Nottingham Trent University


Theme: How parasites and pathogens manipulate host behaviour

University of Georgia


Theme: Population behavioural responses to parasites and pathogens

Misty Slopes
Registration is open!

Conference: 16th July 2020