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  • Behaviour 2023

    14.-20. August 2023 | Bielefeld, Germany

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Behaviour 2023 is a multi-disciplinary and international congress that focuses on animal behaviour. Delegates will come from a wide range of backgrounds - from ethology to behavioural genetics and anthropology. The congress will take place at Bielefeld University, Germany, from August 14th to August 20th 2023 (see the website We are preparing to run a conference with many guests from Germany and abroad, at every career stage. Bielefeld hosted the International Ethological Congress, as it was known back then, in 1977 and we are thrilled to try our best to make 2023 an equally exciting and stimulating event.

The congress consists of 7 days of various exciting activities. Each day will typically start at 9:00 and finish around dinnertime. There will be two plenary talks from Monday to Friday, one before and one after lunch. The remainder of the days will be filled with talks in parallel sessions, including those that are part of symposia. There will be two evenings filled with poster sessions. In addition to the scientific talks, we will organize social events, sport events and excursions. These social events will include ‘safe-space’ events with strict policies to provide an accommodating, safe, and encouraging environment for everyone. The excursions will be held in the morning of Sunday August 20th.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any travel awards for now. We are trying our best to secure additional funding to be able to give out travel awards to those coming from far, especially for Early Career Researchers. We will keep this page updated when we have additional information regarding funding availability. In the meantime, we encourage you to look at our list of external funding possibilities.

We will soon communicate the maximum cost of the conference. There will be early-bird discounts, and a student discount of 50% for undergraduates and PhD students. We aim to offer comparatively low registration fees to make the congress accessible to everyone, regardless of career stage. All registration fees will include lunches, snacks and coffee during breaks, as well as public transportation within the city (trams and buses). In addition, Germany will have a so-called ’49-euro ticket’ available in 2023 that includes unlimited access to regional trains across the country for one month. This makes travel to Bielefeld a lot more affordable. Lastly, the confirmation of your registration will give you access to discounts for accommodation within Bielefeld (see our list under “Accommodation”).


Our current plans are to host the event in-person only. We are planning to offer a free trial option for students that cannot afford or manage to attend the conference in person where we stream pre-recorded talks into the lecture halls, giving the students a chance to present their work and answer questions. More details on who will be eligible and how to apply are soon to follow.


Abstract submission for presentations and posters will open in February and will close around the end of March.

Registration will open after all the abstracts are evaluated, which is estimated to be in April and close at the end of June.

 Presentations will be 12 minutes long, with time for 3 minutes of questions. Details on the presentations will follow after abstract submission closes.

Yes, we will provide free professional childcare. You can indicate your need for childcare during the registration process. We will also have parent-children offices equipped with a desk, a comfortable couch and lots of toys and books for the little ones. For breastfeeding mothers, we will provide a calm and comfortable room in which you can use a breast pump or feed your baby undisturbed. More details on child-care will be communicated shortly, and you can find more details under Inclusivity and Accessibility.

We can offer support during the conference through technical devices such as an inductive listening system and will assist in finding a suitable sign language interpreter. Furthermore, we want to ensure unlimited mobility during the conference regardless of personal limitations in movability. If you require any other assistance or would like to point out other possibilities that could make a big event such as the Behaviour 2023 congress more easily accessible, please let us know by sending an email to
Please find more information here.

If you are interested in hosting an event of any sort, please contact us at and we are happy to discuss the possibilities.

As of now (start of 2023), there are no COVID-19 related restrictions in Germany and only minimal regulations. These regulations include mandatory medical masks (surgical or FFP2 masks) in public transport, with mandatory FFP2 masks specifically in the ‘long-distance’ trains (IC’s and ICE’s). We hope the rules will not change and therefore aim to host an in-person event, although we do encourage testing for COVID-19 before departing to Bielefeld as well as regularly during the congress to minimize the potential spread. Please also check the information from the federal ministry of health.

One of the big impacts that large events have on the environment is through large waste and the carbon footprint of the large number of meals provided. The organization committee aims to reduce these impacts by offering organic, vegan or vegetarian catering only. Moreover, we will make sure no food is wasted by keeping our catering team updated on the number of participants. This is where you can actually help us: please make sure to indicate during the registration if you intend to skip some days of the conference, so that we can plan accordingly. In case you have any food-related intolerance or allergies, please let us know during the registration as well. In case there is still some excess food, we will use our social media platforms to inform students or people in need that might be happy about some free meals due to a tight budget.

Our conference bag will come with a reusable and sealable mug that will help reduce plastic/paper waste as well as the water needed to clean several mugs over the course of a day.

To minimize paper waste, we will not print out the schedule. Instead, we ask the delegates to do this themselves if they think a printed version of the schedule is useful for them. We will offer a digital agenda that includes the full timetable of the congress.

In order to make the public transport more accessible and to promote its use over taxis and/or cars, registration fees will include unlimited use of the public transport network within Bielefeld.

In addition, the university of Bielefeld takes a range of measures to minimize our impact, including the use of recycled paper (toilets, tissues, printing) and separating waste for instance. Check the website for more details


Yes, there will also be talks given outside of symposia in topics that are not covered yet by the symposia. You can indicate a best-suiting topic in the abstract submission form.

Yes, you can indicate if you would like to be automatically considered for a poster if your talk does not get accepted in the abstract submission form.

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