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)
2000 - Zurich, Switzerland (Paul Ward, Barbara Konig, Wolf Blanckenhorn, Paul Schmid-Hempel; 676 participants)
2002 - Montreal, Canada (Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Donald Kramer; 701 participants)
2004 - Jyväskylä, Finland (Rauno Alatalo, Taru-Maija Heilala, Janne Kotiaho, Johanna Mappes and Hannu Ylönen; 910 participants)
2006 - Tours, France (Marc Thery and Jerome Casas; 929 participants)
2008 - Cornell, USA (Sandra Vehrencamp, Jack Bradbury; 1095 participants)
2010 - Perth, Australia (Leigh Simmons; 736 participants)
2012 - Lund, Sweden (Anders Brodin; 876 participants)
2014 - New York, USA (Mark Hauber, 1065 participants)


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 2018 Conference

The 17th International Behavioral Ecology Congress will be hosted in 2018 by the University of Minnesota.

Invited speakers include David Queller (Hamilton Lecture; Washington University), Rui Oliveira (Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida), Johanna Mappes (University of Jyväskylä), Karen Warkentin (Boston University), Regina Macedo (Universidade de Brasilia), Gene Robinson (University of Illinois), and Simon Laughlin (University of Cambridge). Conference website will go live in Fall 2017. Stay tuned!

Past conferences