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ASAB was founded in 1936 to promote the study of animal behaviour, and membership is open to all who share this interest. There are now approximately 2000 members, the majority drawn from Britain and Europe. Many members are professional biologists who work in universities, research institutes or schools. ASAB is a registered charity (no. 268494).


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Deadline for submissions to ASAB research grants, conference grants and undergraduate project grants is February 1st 2014. For further information and details on how to apply, see the Grants pages.


Interdisciplinary workshop: Behaviour meets Biochemistry: Animals making sense of molecules making scents.

London, 18-20 February 2014

ASAB and the Biochemical Society are jointly hosting a rather unusual interdisciplinary meeting entitled Behaviour meets Biochemistry: Animals making sense of molecules making scents.

The meeting will be held in London from the 18th (pm) to the 20th (am) of February, 2014. We are hoping that this meeting will bring together experts and neophytes in the fields of semiochemistry, behavior and protein polymorphism, in a relaxed and enthusiastic environment. The total attendance is planned to be less than 90, appropriate for a highly focused meeting that encourages discussion and sharing of ideas.
Speakers have agreed to write papers that will be published in either Animal Behaviour or Biochemical Society Transactions.
Further details of the meeting and invited speakers can be found at

Please note that there are both oral communication and poster slots available at this meeting.

Earlybird registration deadline: 6 December 2013
Please note that after the earlybird registration deadline has passed, all fees will be increased by £50.

Non-residential fees (no accommodation)
Full/Early Career/Associate Member (ASAB or Biochemical Society): £145
Non Member (of both societies): £245
Student Member (ASAB or Biochemical Society): £110
Note: Full/Early Career/Associate Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society or ASAB
Student members can apply to ASAB or Biochemical Society for a travel grant to help with costs of attendance.

More funding available per grant for undergraduate and research grants!

See the undergraduate grants page and research grants page for more details.


ASB Summer newsletter now available to download.


ASAB: Being a member and use of the logo

ASAB is nothing without its members, and their passion for the study of animal behaviour. On ASAB Council, we are continually inspired by the many activities the membership undertakes to promote intellectually rigorous and ethical animal behaviour research. We are also very grateful for those members who publicise ASAB, encouraging students and colleagues to join us, or letting the public know what ASAB does and what it stands for. Central to that is our commitment to the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity. As such, we would like to remind all our members that ASAB membership does not constitute an academic qualification or any form of professional accreditation or validation. This means that “ASAB” should not be presented against a member’s name on professional documents, websites and so on, in case it implies a qualification or an accreditation. Nor should mention of ASAB membership be used to suggest any such qualification or accreditation. Similarly, members are asked not to use the ASAB logo without due authorisation from Council.

Whilst we are very happy for the Association to be broadly advertised, it is important that our logo is not used to suggest accreditation or approval for a website, organisation or company where none has been given. For those members seeking qualifications in animal behaviour or professional accreditation for clinical applications of animal behaviour, please visit the ASAB website for further details on Education, Ethics and the Accreditation Scheme. If any ASAB member feels that the ASAB logo or similar is being used to misrepresent the Association, or if there are any other enquiries, please feel free to contact the Secretary, David Shuker.

David Shuker,
Secretary of ASAB, on behalf on ASAB Council


ASAB Winter meeting 2013

Meeting rooms, Zoological Society of London, UK
5–6 December 2013

This year's ASAB Winter Conference will showcase recent research on The Evolution of Behavioural Mechanisms, with plenary lectures by Prof. Melissa Bateson, Prof. Reuven Dukas and Prof. Simon Laughlin FRS. The Tinbergen Lecture will be given by Prof. Marlene Zuk.
The meeting is organised by the Modelling Animal Decisions (MAD) group from the University of Bristol (contact For further details and to submit an abstract, please visit the meeting website (

Important Date
Deadline for abstract submissions: 16 August 2013