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Graduate Student Meeting 2012

The 10th graduate student meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V. and the Animal Behaviour section of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft took place at the German Primate Center in Göttingen between September 3 and 5, 2012. The topic of this year was “Recent Developments in the Studies of Animal Behaviour”. The meeting allowed 16 PhD and Master students from diverse institutions in Germany and Austria to present and discuss their work. A broad range of study systems and topics were covered ranging from fishes to mammals and from behavioural genetics to behavioural endocrinology. Students also got the chance to practicing themselves in chairing a session.

In addition, three plenary lectures were organised:

  • Behavioural endocrinology by Dr. Michael Heistermann, DPZ Göttingen: Introduction of different methods of sample collection and analysis for non-invasive field endocrinology studies. The students were also given the chance to discover the practical aspects of sample processing, storage and hormone measurements through a visit of the hormone laboratory of the German Primate Center.
  • Social network analysis by Prof. Dr. Jens Krause, IGB Berlin: Introduction of a new approach to analyse social structure and dynamics of social interactions in animal groups using Markov Chain and Individual Based models.
  • Behavioural genetics by Dr. Mark Adams, Sheffield University UK: Presentation of new quantitative methods for the investigation of heritability of and environmental impact on animal and human behaviours, in particular personality traits.

A BBQ together with the summer school of the University of Göttingen on “Social Structure” allowed meeting more diverse international students and researchers of the same field.
Overall, the meeting was highly successful and the atmosphere extremely friendly and served well both, exchange of ideas and networking. The facilities of the German Primate Center provided a formidable environment. The participants thank the organisers and funding organisations for making this event possible.

[Cedric Girard-Buttoz, PhD student]

Dr. Antje Engelhardt
Jr. Research Group on Primate Sexual Selection
Reproductive Biology Unit
German Primate Centre GmbH (DPZ)
Leibniz Institute for Primate Research
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
Phone: +49-551-3851 202
Fax: +49-551-3851 288

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