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Visas

Unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need a visa to enter the country for your event. For the most up-to-date information about how to apply for a visa before arriving in Australia, click here.

Accommodation

The Congress accommodation is varied in type, price range and location to give you an assortment of options If you like to be close the Congress venue, Rydges South Bank is the closest hotel and is adjoined by a concourse that gives you access to the Plaza Level of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Accommodation venues located in the Central Business District are a short walk.

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The Congress hotels have been selected for their proximity to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. However, each venue has a benefit to the delegate providing you with a broad selection and choice to suit your accommodation needs whilst in Brisbane.

The Congress hotel rates are guaranteed the best rate for each hotel selected.

All venues are in safe and easy walking distance to the Congress venue and accessible to local supermarkets and general facilities that travelling guests may require.

Call for Abstracts

The Program Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within the program of ICN2018. Submissions can be made via the Abstract Submission Portal. Please note that in order to submit an abstract, you must first successfully register and pay to attend ICN2018.

All abstracts must follow the guidelines and be submitted online by 15 February 2018. Please note that the closing date for abstract submissions will not be extended.

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Registration

Registration can be submitted by completing the online form below.

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The registration fee is all encompassing and includes catering across the duration ICN2018, together with attendance at the social functions.

Registration Entitlements

Admission to all Congress sessions
Admission to the Congress exhibition
Ticket to the Welcome Reception*
Ticket to the Congress Banquet*
Approved delegate materials
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea daily
*Please indicate attendance via the registration form (no refunds for non-attendance).

A ticket to the Welcome Reception and Congress Banquet are included with a full registration as per the details below. Please indicate your attendance at any of the social functions at the time of registration. Additional guest tickets can also be purchased.

Not a member of ISN yet? We encourage you to consider joining prior to registering. To become a member, receiving the member rate discount, before registering please visit https://www.neuroethology.org/ebusISNE/MEMBERSHIP.aspx

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Set aside some time in Brisbane to get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, wild dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Meet the local Indigenous people and learn about their rich culture.

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To find out more about Brisbane, go to http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/

Registration

Registration can be submitted by completing the online form below.

Register Here
The registration fee includes catering across the duration of ICN2018, aside from evening meals, together with attendance at the social functions.

Registration Entitlements

Admission to all Congress sessions
Admission to the Congress exhibition
Ticket to the Welcome Reception*
Ticket to the Congress Banquet*
Approved delegate materials
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea daily
*Please indicate attendance via the registration form (no refunds for non-attendance).

A ticket to the Welcome Reception and Congress Banquet are included with a full registration as per the details below. Please indicate your attendance at any of the social functions at the time of registration. Additional guest tickets can also be purchased.

Not a member of ISN yet? We encourage you to consider joining prior to registering. To become a member, receiving the member rate discount, before registering please visit https://www.neuroethology.org/ebusISNE/MEMBERSHIP.aspx

Meet two of our plenary speakers

We have some incredible speakers lined up to present at the Congress and look forward to seeing them in Brisbane next year. In this edition of the Congress newsletter we meet Azusa Kamikouchi and Professor Lauren O’Connell.

Lauren O’Connell

About me

Lauren’s research focuses on understanding how evolutionary innovations in behaviour and physiology arise. Lauren uses poison frogs as a model for understanding how variation in predation and spatial structure of the environment has driven the evolution of chemical defences and parental behaviours. Lauren’s research combines both lab and field studies to understand the neural basis of decision-making within ecologically relevant contexts. Lauren was a Bauer Fellow at Harvard University before joining the Department of Biology at Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.

Azusa Kamikouchi

About me

The aim of my research is to understand the basic principle how the brain works. Especially, I have a strong interest in the auditory system and one of my questions is how acoustic signals are detected, processed, and integrated in the brain. The fruit fly is an ideal model organism for such a task, because of its sophisticated genetic tools to analyze neurons and manipulate neural circuits in the brain. I started a project to unravel the anatomical and functional organization of the auditory system of fruit flies at the National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan in 2002. Then I moved to the University of Tokyo, to establish a comprehensive projection map of the auditory sensory neurons. To extend this map into a functional map, I moved to the University of Cologne, at Martin C. Göpfert’s group (now in Göttingen). In 2008 I went back to Japan as an associate professor at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and then moved to Nagoya University in 2011 as a full-professor.

Confirmed Invited Symposia

Context-dependent modification of vocal behaviour in vertebrates
Chair: Daniela Vallentin

Neuroethology of Distributed Visual Systems: How do many-eyed animals perceive the world?
Chairs: Michael J. Bok & Daniel Speiser

Challenging the notions of pain, problem-solving and cognitive ability across taxa
Chair: Ximena Nelson

The evolution of sleep and adaptive sleeplessness
Chair: John Lesku

Processing the polarization of light
Chairs: Martin How & Nicholas Roberts

Facets of brain mechanisms underlying spatial orientation
Chairs: Jerome Beetz & Uwe Homberg

What songbird mate choice has taught us about the neural basis of signal performance and perception
Chair: Jonathan F. Prather

Vision and memory in crustaceans – neural basis, function and phylogeny
Chair: Hanne Thoen

What the parts tell us about whole: methods and results from automated part tracking
Chairs: Roian Egnor & Alice Robie

Sensory motion strategies
Chairs: Bart Geurten & Tobias Kohl

Genomics-Enabled Approaches to Neuroethology
Chairs: Jason Gallant, Kim Hoke & Ashlee Rowe

Vocal communication as a model for developmentally-regulated learning: an integrative approach
Chairs: Sarah Bottjer & Michael Goldstein

Adios and Gracias Montevideo

The ICN 2018 ambassadors had a terrific time in Montevideo meeting with some 500 delegates from all parts of the globe in attendance .

The week began with intensive satellite meetings at various locations around Montevideo including the Electric Fish Meeting which, started with a day in the field before continuing its activities at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, the crib of the South American E-fish community. The various satellite meetings offered the ideal opportunity for students, novices and experts to come together in a familiar matter to discuss the latest findings in their respective fields and to debate about some provocative thoughts for future endeavours.

The conference’s official opening ceremony started with passionate speeches amongst others by Ana Silva, the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Peter Narins, the outgoing ICN president, and Omar Macadar, one of the founding fathers of the South American Neuroethology community. The opening concluded in true Latin-American style with a live Tango concert performance by Mario Penna and band.

Key highlights of the program during the week included deadly eels, vicious cone shells, chimpanzees with super memory, the mathematics behind confidence, scaling brain sizes, and the merge of senses in the pursuit of neuroethological understanding. There was also ample opportunity for the next generation of neuroethologists to learn from the current ‘silver backs’ during various Career-Development Sessions and the Student/Post-Doc Mixer was a warmly welcomed distraction that lasted well into the early morning hours.

The Conference concluded in a celebration of the accomplishments of the ICN 2016 Organisers and delegates at Club Uruguay, showcasing fabulous food and wine from the region followed by vibrant Latin tunes on the dance floor and of course the famous Uruguayan hospitality.

G’day and Welcome to Brisbane

It is with great pleasure that we invite our colleagues and collaborators throughout the world to Brisbane, Australia for International Congress of Neuroethology (ICN 2018).

The vibrant city of Brisbane and the adjoining Gold and Sunshine Coasts are rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage and offer adventure, fun and entertainment for all ages. For those with time for pre-or-post Congress exploring, Brisbane is the gateway to iconic travel locations including Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu.

So please reserve the dates of 16 – 20 July, 2018 in your calendar. On behalf of the Organising Committee, we encourage our global colleagues to join us, to participate and to experience our unique Australian hospitality. Your journey to Australia will be more than worthwhile professionally and personally.

Meet our Committee

The organisers of ICN 2018 have been actively preparing for the Brisbane Congress. Over the coming months you will hear from the team with regular updates on program, social events, pre and post touring, and satellite meetings. For more information on the LOC visit the website.

ICN 2018 Local Organising Committee

Professor Justin Marshall
Professor Mandayam V. Srinivasan
Dr Darrell Kemp
Professor Alison Mercer
Professor Jochen Zeil
Professor Shaun P. Collin
Dr Andy Barron
Professor Andy Bennett
Professor John Montgomery
Dr Judith Reinhard
Dr Paul Cunningham
Dr Ximena Nelson
Dr Fabio Cortesi
Emeritus Professor David Vaney

ICN 2018 Venue

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

ICN 2018 will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (http://www.bcec.com.au/), Australia’s most awarded convention centre, and recent host of the G20. Located in Brisbane’s cultural precinct, Southbank, delegates will be on the doorstep of the Gallery of Modern Art, State Library, Queensland Art Gallery and numerous award-winning restaurants aligning the river bank.

Key Dates… Mark Your Diaries

Call for Satellites Open Now
Call for Satellites Deadline 10 July 2017
Call for Symposia Open 27 March 2017
Call for Symposia Deadline 31 May 2017
Notification of Successful Symposia 30 June 2017
General Call for Abstracts Open 3 July 2017
General Call for Abstracts Deadline 15 February 2018
Presenter Registration Deadline 15 February 2018
Conference Registration Opens 27 March 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline March 2018
Conference program 16 – 20 July 2018

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

An exciting range of sponsorship opportunities, including keynote speakers and workshops, has been developed to ensure a successful outcome for business and sponsor involvement. We encourage your participation at ICN 2018. A prospectus will be available online soon, in the meantime if you are interested in the exciting opportunities visit the website for details.

Expression of Interest

Visit the website to keep up to date about ICN 2018 and to register your interest in the International Congress of Neuroethology complete the expression of interest form.

Contact us

Sponsorship & exhibition enquiries

Fallon Beatty
ICN2018 secretariat
c/-ICMS Australasia
PO Box 3599
Brisbane Qld 4101
Tel: +61 7 3255 1002
Fax: +61 7 3255 1004
Email: sponsorship@icn2018.com
Email: exhibition@icn2018.com

General enquiries

Emma Taylor
ICN2018 secretariat
c/-ICMS Australasia
PO Box 3599,
Brisbane Qld 4101
Tel: +61 7 3255 1002
Fax: +61 7 3255 1002
Email: info@icn2018.com