Conference Invitation

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Conference Invitation

Dear Animal Behavior Society Friends:

We are pleased to invite you to Knoxville, Tennessee, in late July and early August 2020 for the 57th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society.  We look forward to hosting you on our campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system. Knoxville is an ideal location for an ABS meeting, with easy access from across the country and around the world. Our local McGhee-Tyson Airport has connections to most major airports in the eastern half of the United States.

Knoxville is a fantastic small city of over 200,000 people nestled in a valley between the Cumberland Mountains to the north and west and the Smoky Mountains to the east and south. We are roughly an hour’s drive from both mountain ranges and their many excellent hiking possibilities. UTK is an easy walk to the heart of downtown Knoxville. As such, there is a wealth of great restaurants, coffee shops, and microbreweries an easy walk from campus. The University of Tennessee also has nice walkways and greenways for walking, running, or biking.

UTK has University Housing available to participants for the four nights of the conference at a rate of $59 per night for a single-occupancy suite. There are also several hotels within walking distance or easily accessible by public transportation that offer a discount rate for ABS attendees. UTK also has a free trolley service that runs regularly throughout the day.

The meeting program is still being finalized, but we have outstanding plenary speakers and symposia so far. Plenary speakers will include Kay Holekamp (Michigan State University), Noa Pinter-Wollman (University of California, Los Angeles), Michael Romero (Tufts University), Jenny Tung (Duke University), and Karen Warkentin (Boston University). Conference symposia include “Down with the sickness: the behavior of infected animals”, “Festschrift for Susan Riechert”, “Resource limitation: A tie that binds in the evolution of eusociality or reproductive skew?”, “Weaving the Future of Animal Behavior: Technological Advances to Reveal the Secret Lives of Animals”, “Null models in animal behavior” and “Using animal behavior to solve global grand challenges.” The ABS president’s plenary will be given by Jennifer Fewell (Arizona State University). 

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, and workshops on Education, Inclusivity, “Using SongEvo”, and “From genes to behavior: Genomic tools in diverse organisms” during the 5-day meeting.  

ABS 2020 at UTK 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, closing banquet, and recommended pre- or post-conference sights-to-see. Registration will be opening soon; be sure to register early to take advantage of the great early rates.

We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville in July and August 2020!

Elizabeth Tibbetts
Program Officer
Todd M. Freeberg
UTK Local Host
Elizabeth Derryberry
UTK Local Host