BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Behavior 2011, the first-ever joint meeting of the International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), is expected to draw more than 1,100 researchers from around the world for the July 25-30 conference at Indiana University Bloomington.
Included among the speakers will be one of the world's leading experts on dog behavior, Adam Mikloski, head of the Department of Ethology at the Etvs Lornd University in Budapest, Hungary. Additional plenary speakers include Frances Champagne of Columbia University in New York City, who specializes in maternal behavior, epigenetics and transgenerational effects, and Hopi Hoekstra, a geneticist and curator of mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.
The conference is hosted by IU's Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), a group that brings together biologists, psychologists, anthropologists and others with similar interests. IU biology professor Emlia Martins, who is serving as conference president for Behavior 2011, said that while the IEC and ABS have different origins, membership and cultural traditions, they share a professional mission to promote the study of animal behavior in the broadest sense and closer contact among behavioral scientists. CISAB is an interdepartmental center within the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
"Indiana University's Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior hosted a very successful Animal Behavior Society meeting in 2002, so when we were asked to consider hosting the International Ethological Conference we immediately saw it as an opportunity to bring the two groups together," Martins said.
Registration could reach 1,200 participants, and researchers are expected from at least 41 countries. The conference includes nearly 800 research presentations.
Symposia topics include: "Perinatal Influences on Development and Behavior," "Female compet
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