Vol. 64, No. 2 | Summer 2018

ABS Annual Meeting

A joint meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society and the 36th International Ethological Conference

University of Illinois at Chicago
July 23-27, 2019

Dear ABS/ICE Members and Friends,

We are pleased to welcome you soon to Chicago, Illinois for the 56th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress.  We look forward to hosting you on our campus at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), which is the largest university in the Chicago area. Chicago is an ideal location with easy access from across the country and around the world.

Chicago welcomes more than 50 million visitors a year who come to enjoy the city’s striking architecture as well as world-class museums, theaters, and restaurants. In the summer, visitors can also enjoy Chicago’s beautiful lakefront beaches and parks, street festivals, and outdoor concerts. The UIC campus is located just west of downtown Chicago’s “loop” in the University Village neighborhood. It is a short walk to Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown and the trendy West Loop neighborhood. Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute are less than two miles from campus. Transportation should be simple as the “Blue line” serves the campus (UIC-Halsted station) and connects UIC to downtown Chicago as well as O’Hare Field. Several bus lines also serve the campus.

We are looking forward to a diverse program, with some outstanding plenary speakers, symposia and workshops. Plenary speakers will include Gail Patricelli (University of California, Davis), Georgia Mason (University of Guelph), Amy Toth (Iowa State University) and local Keynote Tanya Berger-Wolf (University of Illinois, Chicago). Conference symposia include “Animal behavior on an urbanized planet", “Cross-taxa perspectives on behavior and developmental origins”, “Proximate causes of complex sociality” and “Phenotypic plasticity”.  The ABS president’s plenary will be given by John Swaddle (College of William and Mary). 

Other highlights will include the annual graduate student Allee Award session, the Charles H. Turner Workshop for undergraduates (by invitation), a pre-conference Outreach Fair, as well as Public Day (Saturday). The Pre-conference day also includes workshops on teaching and a workshop on “Weaving the future of animal behavior”. Please take the time to look at the full list of programs and events as there is sure to be something for everyone!

The Behaviour 2019 conference will be intellectually stimulating, as well as a fun time to meet old friends and make new ones. Please check the mobile app and meeting Twitter for updates and more details about events.

Please enjoy UIC campus and the beautiful city of Chicago, and, of course, the amazing research that will be presented.


Registration Rates (after June 15th)

ABS Members  $420
ABS Student Members    $195
ABS Emeritus Members*      $270
ABS Developing Nation Members*    $170
ABS Developing Nation Students*  $120
Non-members      $620

Additional Event Fees

  • The Closing Banquet will be held Saturday, July 27
  • Conservation Behavior Workshop - $25 non-students, $20 students, and $5 Developing Nations attendees
  • Behaviour 2019 Conference T-shirt - $15 (pre-order) $25 (onsite)
  • ABS Film Festival- no charge, but please RSVP
  • Campus Meal Plan- $75
  • Accommodations: Dorm Housing or Hotel

*ABS Emeritus members who can afford to pay full fees are kindly asked to pay the ABS Members fee. This category should be reserved for only those Emeritus members who would be otherwise unable to join us at the meeting.

*Developing country attendees are those currently enrolled or working at an institution in the developing world. This does NOT include persons currently working or enrolled in institutions in the USA, Canada or other developed countries, regardless of country of origin.


Travel Information

Situated squarely in the center of the country, Chicago is easy to travel to from virtually everywhere. Thanks to thousands of flights options at two international airports, six class-one railroads, a vast network of major highways and a wide variety of airlines, it is one of the most cost-competitive and convenient cities for domestic and international travel.

O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.
Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors.  It is the nation's premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations.
Visit flychicago.com for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.

Average Domestic Flight Times to Chicago
Average International Flight Times to Chicago

Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare, and $30-40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.

The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel between downtown and Chicago neighborhoods using the 'L' train. The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O'Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directly to Midway. Read more on getting around Chicago with public transportation or visit transitchicago.com/airports for full fare information and maps.
GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for your groups.
Many major car rental companies have facilities at the O'Hare and Midway Airports, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz. Please visit specific rental company websites for details.  
Limousine and chauffer agencies prefer that all customers reserve cars at least 48 hours in advance although cars can occasionally be ordered with a two-hour notice. 

With its central geographic location and status as a hub for major interstates, Chicago is convenient to drive to from every region in the country. In fact, more than 20 million people live within a three-hour drive of the city.
Average Drive Times to Chicago
Chicago is accessible via several major interstates and highways: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway), I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway), I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway), I-294 (Tri-State Tollway).  


Attendees will need to purchase UIC parking passes in person in the parking office located inside SSB (1200 W. Harrison, Suite 2620). Please note you will not be able to reserve passes prior to their arrival

Behaviour 2019 attendees can use the following lots: Nearest UIC Forum/JST dorms: Maxwell Street Parking Structure - 701 West Maxwell Street. Nearest Student Center East: Halsted/Taylor Parking Structure -760 West Taylor Street

Parking Fees: Weekday rate is $15, Weekend rate is $9 

Accommodations: SOLD OUT

Courtyard (CTY) and Commons South (CMS), located on the 
East side of campus, will be available for conference attendees.

$48.00 pp Single/ $39.00 pp in Double Room

700 South Halsted Street, 2nd Level
Chicago, IL 60607
South Campus

CTY houses students in clusters, typically of three doubles and two single rooms sharing a common bathroom. Commons South (CMS) is a five-story traditional residence hall of double rooms, which open into a common hallway with two community bathrooms shared by each floor community. This building has two single sex floors, with females on the second floor and males on the third floor. The tower lounge has a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline.

James Stukel Towers (JST) , located on the South side of campus, will be available for conference attendees as well on South Campus report to the Front Desk to check-in and to check-out. 

$61.00 pp Single/ $47.50 pp in Double Room

James Stukel Towers (JST)
718 West Rochford Street
Chicago, IL 60607


All reservations must be made through the UIC using the link here:  https://goo.gl/forms/wiliPdXEk2cybbHu1

Off-Campus Accommodations: PAST GROUP RATE DEADLINE

Note to attendees with reservations at the Chicago Marriott Medical Disrict/UIC. The ABS has been made aware of a Union strike occuring at Chicago Marriott Medical District hotel after the reservations deadline. For more information please follow: https://www.boycottmarriottmedicaldistrict.org/

Alternative accommodations can be made at the University dorms.

Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC
625 S. Ashland Avenue at Harrison Street
Chicago, IL, 60607
(312) 491-1234

  • Rate $189 not inclusive of 17.4% tax
  • Hotel offers shuttle service to UIC campus
  • Discounted Parking $45/ per day / per car
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the guestrooms
  • Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 6/9/2019

Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
506 W Harrison Street
Chicago IL 60607
(855) 268-1763  

  • Rate $179 not inclusive of 17.4% tax
  • rooms with 1 king bed or rooms with 2 queen beds are avaialble
  • Hotel does not offer shuttle service but we are walking distance to UIC campus
  • NOTE: Breakfast is not included in the rate but is avaialble to add at $10 per person inclusive of tax and tip.

Meal Plan:

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase at the time of registration. The Meal Plan intended to cover 4 lunches and 3 dinners over the conference dates. Delegates who purchase the plan will receive a declining balance card which can be used at 605 Commons (SCE) and JST Café (JST). Flames Fare may be used at any time in any of the participating locations. All dietary requirements can be met including vegan and gluten free. UIC offers summer guests “all-you-care-to-eat” dining in the cafeteria at Student Center East. Guests may eat all they want while in the cafeteria but nothing may be taken out of the cafeteria.

Meal Plan: $75 USD

For those who do not wish to purchase the meal plan card, there are eateries in and around campus but will be limited to Summer hours. More information regarding hours of operation will become available here as we receive information.

UIC Student Center East Eateries

ABS Newsletter

Please send general correspondence concerning the Society to ABS Secretary, Patty Brennan (secretary@animalbehaviorsociety.org). Deadlines for materials to be included in the Newsletter are the 15th of the month preceding each issue. The next deadline is 15 September, 2019. Articles submitted by members of the Society and judged by the Secretary to be appropriate are occasionally published in the ABS newsletter. The publication of such material does not imply ABS endorsement of the opinions expressed by contributors.

Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour, manuscripts and editorial matters: Authors should submit manuscripts online to Elsevier’s Editorial System (http://ees.elsevier.com/anbeh/). For enquiries relating to submissions prior to acceptance, contact the Journal Manager (yanbe@elsevier.com). For enquiries relating to submissions after acceptance, visit Elsevier at http://www.elsevier.com/journals. For other general correspondence, contact Kris Bruner, Managing Editor, Animal Behaviour, Indiana University, 407 N. Park Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, USA. E-mail: krbruner@indiana.edu. Phone: 812-345-0497

Change of address, missing or defective issues: ABS Central Office, 2111 Chestnut Ave., Ste 145, Glenview, IL 60025, USA. Phone: 312-893-6585, Fax: 312-896-5614,
E-mail: info@animalbehaviorsociety.org.