A general meeting of the society members is held every two years at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology.

These minutes are published in the society's newsletter in the fall following the meeting. An archive of the Newsletters can be found on the newsletter's webpage. Minutes from past meetings are posted below sequentially back to 1998.

1986 - Albany, USA (Planning Meeting; Jerram Brown, Thomas Caraco, Christopher Barkam, David Steadman; 367 participants)
1988 - Vancouver, Canada (Mart Gross, Ron Ydenberg; 460 participants)
1990 - Uppsala, Sweden (Staffan Ulfstrand; 468 participants)
1992 - Princeton, USA (Dan Rubenstein, Peter Grant; 766 participants)
1994 - Nottingham, UK (Chris Barnard; 521 participants)
1996 - Canberra, Australia (Andrew Cockburn, Mark Elgar; 565 participants)
1998 - Asilomar, USA (Walt Koenig, Janis Dickinson; 588 participants) - Meeting minutes
2000 - Zurich, Switzerland (Paul Ward, Barbara Konig, Wolf Blanckenhorn, Paul Schmid-Hempel; 676 participants) - Meeting minutes
2002 - Montreal, Canada (Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Donald Kramer; 701 participants) - Meeting minutes
2004 - Jyväskylä, Finland (Rauno Alatalo, Taru-Maija Heilala, Janne Kotiaho, Johanna Mappes and Hannu Ylönen; 910 participants) - Meeting minutes
2006 - Tours, France (Marc Thery and Jerome Casas; 929 participants) - Meeting minutes
2008 - Cornell, USA (Sandra Vehrencamp, Jack Bradbury; 1095 participants) - Meeting minutes
2010 - Perth, Australia (Leigh Simmons; 736 participants) - Meeting minutes
2012 - Lund, Sweden (Anders Brodin; 876 participants) - Meeting minutes
2014 - New York, USA (Mark Hauber; 1065 participants) 
2016 – Exeter, UK (Sasha Dall; 1205 participants)
2018 - Minneapolis, USA (Marlene Zuk; 569 participants) - Meeting minutes


ISBE conferences are held every two years and attract a lively mix of behavioral ecologists at all career stages from around the globe, offering excellent networking opportunities.

There is an exciting mixture of top-notch plenaries, topical symposia and great poster sessions presenting the latest research. An important event is the WD Hamilton Memorial Lecture, established by ISBE in 2000, and given by a particularly influential figure in the field of behavioural ecology. Blind (with respect to authorship!) reviewing of talk abstracts and help with travel for those in need - especially students - ensure the widest participation in the conference program. And as a break from the science there are mid-conference excursions and a well established football tournament - the hottest fixture in international football!

Upcoming conferences

ISBE 2020 Conference

The 18th International Behavioral Ecology Congress will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia from 27 September to 2 October 2020

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The local organizing committee is pleased to launch the ISBE2020 logo. The chosen design features a yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) set against a background of Eucalyptus leaves and blossoms. The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is native to the forests of south-eastern Australia, but can also be found in urban environments, including here in Melbourne, Victoria. The species is characterised by its striking (mostly) black body plumage, yellow cheek patch, and yellow panels on its tail feathers. The logo is uniquely Australian, and showcases the iconic flora and fauna of the region.


  • Call for Abstracts Opens – Wednesday 2 October 2019

  • Registration Opens – Monday 3 February 2020

  • Call for Abstracts Closes – Monday 2 March 2020

  • Notifications to Authors – Tuesday 12 May 2020

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline – Tuesday 26 May 2020

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Past conferences