University of Lincoln to host international animal behaviour conference

A pet dogWorld-leading animal behaviour experts will speak at an international conference hosted by the University of Lincoln.

The Easter conference of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) will take place between 3-5 April 2013.

Focussing on sensory ecology, lectures will be given by Dr Martin Schaefer from The University of Freiburg in Germany and Dr Francesco Bonadonna from the National Centre for Scientific Research in France.

Dr Schaefer is the leader of a research group on the evolution and function of visual signals and his studies concentrate on the cross-overs between ecology, animal behaviour and evolution.

Dr Bonadonna, who is the leader of the behavioural ecology team at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, focusses on olfactory perception in birds.

A presentation will also be given by Dr Christos Ioannou, the winner of the ASAB 2013 Christopher Barnard Award.

A Leverhulme Research Fellow, Dr Ioannou is currently based at the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences. His research covers multiple aspects of group living in animals, focussing on animal behaviour and behavioural ecology.

The first day will consist of various talks and hands-on demonstrations of up-to-date techniques, methods and approaches used in the study of sensory ecology plus its application to behavioural ecology and animal behaviour.

The main conference then takes place over the second and third days, with the keynote speakers, talks, poster presentations and social events.

Dr Anna Wilkinson, co-organiser and senior lecturer in the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences, said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting this conference. It will be great for researchers in the field to visit Lincoln and see our university.”

The full conference programme is available at

Events will take place in the Main Administration Building of the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

For more information contact Dr Anna Wilkinson or Dr Tom Pike from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences.

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