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Joint Graduate Meeting of the Ethological Society and the Behavioural Biology Section of the DZG 08.11. – 10.11.2023

Welcome to the Graduate Meeting 2023 at Bielefeld University, Germany

We cordially invite Bachelor and Master students, PhD students and early PostDocs to present their results in the form of a talk or poster in an informal and friendly atmosphere and to discuss with their peers.

As guests, Dr. Angela Stöger (University of Vienna) & Dr. Antonio Calapai (German Primate Center Göttingen) will accompany this meeting.

There will be no registration fees. The conference language will be English.


This page provides all important information about the Graduate Meeting and the registration. The page will be updated constantly, so it's worth to have a look at it every now and then.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in Bielefeld!

Sabine, Ahana and Christian


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The registration is closed.


Important dates
Abstract deadline: 15th of September
Notification of decision about presentation: 1st of October
Registration (attendance without presentation) deadline: 13th of October


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Wednesday, November 8th

until 3:00 PM: Arrival
3:00 PM: Welcome
3:15 PM: Keynote talk by Angela Stöger: Elephant communication and cognition
4:15 PM: Coffee break
4:35 PM: Session 1: Physiology & Behaviour (4 talks, each slot 20min)
5:55 PM: Poster placement / Icebreaker / Idea collection for discussion/workshop topics for Thursday

Thursday, November 9th

9:00 AM: Welcome and organization
9:10 AM: Session 2: Animal Welfare (4 talks, each slot 20min)
10:30 AM: Coffee break
11:00 AM: Session 3: Cognition (4 talks, each slot 20min)
12:20 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Keynote talk by Antonino Calapai: Enhancing primate cognition: an autonomous and adaptive approach to cognitive training, assessment, and enrichment of captive non-human primates
2:30 PM: Coffee break and Poster session
3:30 PM: Workshop/Discussion Round - until 5:00 PM
6:00 PM: Social dinner

Friday, November 10th

9:00 AM: Welcome and organisation
9:10 AM: Session 4: Social Behaviour (4 talks, each slot 20min)
10:30 AM: Last Coffee Break
11:00 AM: Awards
11:10 PM: Tour through the institute
12:20 PM: Lunch/Closing (finishing around 2 PM)



Abstract Booklet


Catering during the meeting & Social dinner

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Social dinner (self paid)

We have reserved a table in the Nicht-Schwimmer. We will have a shortened cards available there, but there will be vegan, vegetarian and also meat dishes on the menu.


Catering during the meeting

We do not have sufficient funds to cater the entire meeting. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided for the small breaks.
For the rest of the catering, Bielefeld University offers numerous low-cost options for meals:

Canteen building X

Cafeteria building X



Uni Eck

Eiscafé & Pizzeria Unikat

Supermarkets: Eddy (in the university main hall), Combi, Penny

Venue & Travel

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Bielefeld University is located in the western district Dornberg right next to the Teutoburg Forest.

The university is well connected to the city center by public transport.
With the tram you can reach the university from the central station or the Jahnplatz in a few minutes with the tram line 4 (stop "Universität").
The bus lines 21, 61 and 62 also go from the city center to the university (bus stop Wellensiek Süd).

The meeting will take place in the Main Building of the University in room V2-105/115.

Signs will guide you to the right place.


Timetable information for bus and tram

Travel Directions

Campus plan and maps


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There are small guesthouses and holiday apartments in the city and its surroundings. Other cheap accommodations are usually:

Youth Hostel Bielefeld

B&B HOTEL Bielefeld-City



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If you have any questions please contact

Sabine Kraus  

or write an e-mail to

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