Conference Invitation

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Conference Invitation

The 56th Annual Conference of ABS and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago from Tuesday, July 23 through Saturday July 27, 2019.

Dear ABS/ICE Members and Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to Chicago, Illinois in July 2019 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. There are two International airports in Chicago – O’Hare and Midway – collectively offering nonstop, affordable flights to many cities in the US and abroad.

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 Greek-town, Little Italy, and the trendy West Loop neighborhood. Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute are less than two miles from campus. UIC has rooms available that range from traditional double rooms (with about fifty people to a floor and community bathrooms) and cluster style rooms (with three doubles and two singles sharing a bathroom) to two and four bedroom apartments. There are also hotels within walking distance or easily accessible by public transportation that offer a discount rate for ABS attendees. 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.

The academic program is still being finalized, but we have some outstanding plenary speakers and symposia so far. Plenary speakers will include Gail Patricelli (University of California, Davis), Georgia Mason (University of Guelph), Amy Toth (Iowa State University) and 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 include the annual graduate student Allee Award session, the Charles H. Turner Workshop for undergraduates (by invitation), Public Day hosted by the Applied Animal Behavior group, the Teaching Workshop hosted by the Education Committee, and a Workshop on “Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior” during the 5-day meeting.  

Behaviour 2019 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, the closing banquet, and recommended pre- or post-conference sights-to-see. Registration will be opening early next year; be sure to register early to take advantage of the great early rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in July 2019!

Mary V. Ashley
UIC Local Host
Alison Bell
Program Officer
Elizabeth Tibbetts
Program Officer-Elect