Conference Invitation

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Conference Invitation

The 55th Annual Conference of ABS will be held at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Thursday, August 2 through Monday, August 6, 2018

Dear ABS Members and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August 2018 for the 55th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society.  We look forward to hosting you on our campus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), which is located near the shores of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is an ideal location with easy access from across the country. The Milwaukee airport has been rated one of the ten best in the US and offers nonstop, affordable flights to 35 of the largest cities in the US. We are also 90 min north of the Chicago airport, which has direct buses to Milwaukee. Milwaukee is often called Brew City for it's long history of beer making, or the City of Festivals, as it hosts non-stop festivals during the summer, including Summerfest, the worlds largest music festival. We also have a spectacular art museum with moveable “wings” and a world-class zoo that will be the site of the banquet on the last night.  

UW-Milwaukee is located a few miles north of downtown in a residential area next to Lake Michigan and several greenbelt parks. The campus has many rooms available at low prices in suite-style dorm accommodations. There are also three hotels within a 10 min drive (affordable parking is available on campus), although none are within walking distance. The “east side” around campus hosts a wide variety of dining and drinking options, including microbreweries and scenic Biergartens. For more variety, there are over 100 restaurants a short bus or car ride away in downtown.

The academic program is still being finalized, but we have some outstanding plenary speakers and symposia so far. Plenary speakers will include Damian Elias (UC-Berkeley, “Advances in Communication”) and Katie Slocombe (York University, England, “Communication in primates”). Conference symposia include “Sexual Dialogues" and "Research questions that we should be asking".  The ABS president’s plenary will be given by Jeff Podos (University of Massachusetts-Amherst).

Other highlights include the annual graduate student Allee Award session, the Charles H. Turner Workshop for undergraduates (by invitation), a pre-conference Public Day, and workshops on teaching, genomics and conservation before the 5-day meeting. 

The 2018 ABS conference will be intellectually stimulating, as well as a fun time to meet old friends and make new ones. Please check this site regularly for updates and more details about the program, travel, accommodation, and recommended pre- or post-conference sights-to-see. Registration will be opening in the Spring; be sure to register early to take advantage of the great early rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee in August 2018!

Local Organizing Committee: 
Gerlinde Hoebel
Rafael Rodriguez
Peter Dunn
Linda Whittingham