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Topical meeting:

Effects of Risk and Fear on Animal Behaviour

26-28th February 2018, Universität Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee

The next topical meeting of the Ethological Society will take at the University of Potsdam from February 26th to 28th of February 2018. The topic of 2018 “Animal Behaviour under Risk and Fear” covers the key processes that have shaped animal behaviour in evolutionary time frames. Animals have adapted their behaviour and time allocation to predation risk while mating or foraging, and to risks associated with inbreeding or disease transmission. Landscapes of fear can thus be comprised of many different risk qualities.

For the meeting, we have invited four international renowned keynote speakers, who will highlight different aspects of risk affecting behaviour. Plenaries cover many different taxa and topics to attract all behavioural biologists. Alongside the talks of the plenary speakers, plenty of time is reserved for short talks, which as usual can cover all facets of the behavioural sciences. We encourage especially young researchers to take the opportunity to discuss their work with us and to apply for an oral contribution.

The meeting will take place at the University of Potsdam on  Campus Griebnitzsee between Potsdam and Berlin with perfect infrastructure and easy to reach from both cities. The Animal Ecology Group and Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard will organise the meeting.

Plenary speakers: 

Joel S. Brown: Landscape of Fear

Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinoios at Chicago. Research field: Ecology of fear, forgaging games and coexistence, evolutionary game theory to understand cancer and HIV

Marion L. East: Risk in human altered habitats

Senior research scientist at the Leibniz Insiture for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. Research field: Conflict between humans and carnivores, carnivore pathogens, evolutionary ecology of the spotted hyena

Jutta Schneider: Risk behaviour in subsocial spiders

Professor for behavioural biology at the University of Hamburg. Research field: Evolution of mating systems, sexual selection and sexual conflict as well as the evolution and the mechanisms of cooperative behaviour in spiders, influence of early experience on cognitive ability and the costs of cognition.

Jens Krause: Proto-cooperation in billfishes

Professor for Fish Ecology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Senior Researcher at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). Research Interests: Collective behavior, collective cognition and social networks.

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