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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!


Do join us for the day! Conference: 16th July

For details of the programme, click here.

Time zone

The conference will be organised in the British Summer Time (BST) zone. For our international delegates, or those requiring flexible attendance, we will have posters and recorded talks available before and after the event. Just please be aware you may not be able to ask questions or participate in social events if you are not available for the live conference. 

Other animal behaviour conferences are being organised by the Animal Behaviour Society (for USA time zones), and by The Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (for Australasian time zones).

Registration and fees

The ASAB virtual 2020 conference is free, and is open to both ASAB members and non-members.

When you sign up you'll be asked if you would like to participate in our social events and mentoring.

Registration is open from the 3rd June until the 3rd July.

Abstract submission

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.

Abstract submission is open from the 3rd June to the 16th June 2020

We look forward to connecting with you online!


Dr Cécile Sarabian

Kyoto University Primate Research Institute


Theme: Individual behavioural responses to parasites and pathogens

Prof. Iain Barber

Nottingham Trent University


Theme: How parasites and pathogens manipulate host behaviour

Prof. Vanessa Ezenwa

University of Georgia


Theme: Population behavioural responses to parasites and pathogens