Satellite Meetings

*If you are planning to attend both the ICN2018 Congress and an official ICN2018 satellite meeting, registration discounts may apply. If you have successfully registered for a satellite meeting, you will be entitled to register at the ISN member rates. Please choose the appropriate registration category when completing your online registration. Please note your satellite meeting registration will be verified.

Zebrafish neuroethology
14 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) 2018 Conference
12-14 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Electric Fish
14-15 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Biosonar Satellite Symposium
15 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Patterning Neural Activity in the Central Nervous System
12-14 July 2018
Institute of Marine Science (IMS), Auckland New Zealand

14 July 2018
Brisbane, Australia

Zebrafish neuroethology
14 July 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
Location: Customs House, 399 Queen Street Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Time: 9:00am
Registration: $125 AUD per person (Maximum 100 participants)
Inclusions: Admission to the symposium (talks and posters), coffee breaks, lunch, wine and Cheese.

Click here to register for Zebrafish neuroethology Satellite
In recent years, the zebrafish larva has become a powerful vertebrate model for neuroethology research. Its optical accessibility, a known genome and a vast library of promoters and mutants, make the zebrafish specially suitable for optogenetics and cutting-edge optical methods (e.g. light-sheet microscopy, holographics) to monitor and manipulate neuronal activity. In addition, the zebrafish has a complex although discrete repertoire of motor behaviours, making an ideal vertebrate preparation for the study of neuronal circuit dynamics underlying motor behaviour. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together researchers interested in the study of neural circuits and behaviour, and to introduce the zebrafish model to the neuroethology community which allows the use of state-of-the-art technical approaches to ask neuroethological questions and test specific hypotheses with unprecedented power and infeasible using other animal models. For more information on the Zebrafish neuroethology satellite meeting click here.

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) 2018 Conference
12-14 July | Brisbane, Australia
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Registration: Early Bird Students $290 AUD – Academics $390 AUD
Late Bird Students – $350 AUD – Academics $450 AUD
Inclusions: Admission to the symposium for 3 days, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

To Register for ASSAB 2018 please click here
Animal Behaviour researchers are an extraordinarily diverse group united by a common interest in the scientific study of Animal Behaviour. ASSAB provides a valuable unifying forum. In particular, the annual conference provides a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and perspectives with other Animal Behaviour researchers from across Australasia.

Electric Fish
14-15 July 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Time: 8:00am – 6:30pm 14 July 2018 and 9:00am – 4:30pm 15 July 2018
Registration: Faculty Registration $150 AUD; Student/Postdoc Registration $105 AUD
Inclusions: Admission to symposium for 2 days and catering

Click here to register for EFISH2018
From genes to behavior to ecology: Integrative and comparative approaches to electroreception and electrogenesis research

Research on electroreception and electrogenesis has provided key findings of general significance that integrate organismal biology at successive levels of organization. Research within this community investigates causation from genes to molecules, cells, and circuits that produce ecologically important animal behaviors. This meeting is expected to generate new ideas and directions for researchers working on electrosensory systems, particularly on integrating genomic approaches towards building better understanding of how genes control sensory processing, perception, and behavior. Moreover, the results presented at the meeting are expected to contribute to progress in neurobiology, neuroethology, evolution, and other fields of research.

We plan to follow a general two-day format that incorporates 30 oral presentations (some 30 min and most 15 min) and about 80 poster presentations over two days. In addition, we anticipate offering two catered lunches and a catered dinner among thecommunity members. This will take place between July 14th and 15th, and adjourn justbefore the main meeting registration begins. We anticipate that this timeframe, whiletight, will accommodate the necessary time for socializing, networking as well as providing cutting-edge scientific content.

For more information, please visit: Http://

Biosonar Satellite Symposium
15 July 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
Acoustical Society of America
Location: Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftop Terrace, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registration: Advanced Registration by 25 June 2018 – $100 AUD for professionals; $20 AUD for students and postdocs (Maximum 100 participants)
Inclusions: Admission to symposium, coffee and lunch

Click here to view the Biosonar Satellite Symposium program.

Click here to register for ICN2018 & the Biosonar Satellite

James A. Simmons, Brown University (
Cynthia F. Moss, Johns Hopkins University (
Andrea Simmons, Brown University (
Stuart Parsons, Queensland University of Technology (
Steering Committee: J. A. Simmons, C.F. Moss, M. Smotherman, A. M. Simmons, M. Elhilali, R. Mueller, and M. Roan

The goal of the International Animal Biosonar Meeting is to bring together currently active researchers at all career levels to evaluate new methods, new findings, and new concepts for advancing our understanding about the formation and content of the images perceived by echolocating animals. The plan is to focus on several topics of integrative nature.

Comparing echo reception and factors that affect sensitivity in dolphin and bat echolocation.
Comparing object perception and image content in dolphin and bat echolocation.
Developing comparable noninvasive neurophysiological methods for recording pulse and echo responses from behaving dolphins and bats, along with concepts for interpreting the results.
For neurophysiological research, applying the methods and concepts of multiple-electrode array recordings in bats, interpreting the results, and relating results from these invasive methods to results obtained in noninvasive experiments.
Bat sonar has long been one of the core model systems for neuroethology. Past International Congresses for Neuroethology have included echolocation symposia, and prior international conferences on animal biosonar have kept the field largely informed of recent research. However, methodological, experimental, and theoretical progress achieved in the past decade has outstripped its dissemination across the field of echolocation research, as well as neuroethology more generally. The Brisbane International Animal Biosonar meeting will assess new acoustic, behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational results so the participants can integrate this new knowledge into their own particular research programs.

Format: Oral presentations, ranging in length from 5 min (data blitz format) to 20 min, depending on numbers of participants.

Please fill out the form to indicate your interest in this workshop and to submit a title and abstract for your presentation.

We are seeking funding from several sources to support the meeting, but currently have secured only limited resources. Consequently, participants are urged to take the initiative to seek support for travel and registration.

For further information, please contact Jim Simmons (, Cindy Moss (, Andrea Simmons ( or Stuart Parsons (

Leigh Marine Laboratory Satellite – Poster
Patterning Neural Activity in the Central Nervous System
Leigh Marine Laboratory Satellite
12-14 July |Auckland, New Zealand
The formation of patterned neural activity in the Central Nervous System has been a long standing topic in neuroethology. Such pattern formation encompasses the motor output of central pattern generators (GPGs) for rhythmic behaviours, the neural correlates of sound production (vertebrate and invertebrate); song learning, and other forms (such as sensory input processing by cerebellar granule cell networks). The topic is explicitly chosen to be common to a wide range of neuroethology themes. This will allow researchers from different ISN interests to participate and include a NZ element to their 2018 ICN itinerary.

Abstracts for this Satellite Meeting are now available. To view click here.

14 July 2018 | Brisbane, Australia
Location: School of Biological Sciences, Goddard Building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Registration: $75 AUD per person
Inclusions: Admission to meeting, coffee and snack breaks

Click here to register for ICN2018 & the Herpetology Satellite
The satellite meeting on “Herpetology Behavior, Ecology and Evolution” will allow students, postdocs and junior faculty the opportunity to receive focused commentary on their latest research and to establish international collaborative relationships with experts in this unique and diverse group of animals. This satellite will emphasize the unique and universal aspects of amphibian and reptile neurobiology, including motor pattern generation, predator-prey interactions, acoustic communication, behavior, physiology, ecology and conservation. Expanding beyond the scope of previous amphibian satellite workshops, this will be the first herpetology satellite at ICN, allowing the examination of synergistic themes between amphibians and reptiles, in honor of Australia’s strong history in reptile biology.

For more information on this Satellite Meeting click here.