Joint Graduate Meeting: Animal Behaviour 2024

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The meeting of the Ethological Society and the Behavioural Biology Section of the German Zoological Society (DZG) will take place in Dummerstorf from the 16-18 October 2024.

Joint Graduate Meeting: Animal Behaviour 2024
of the
Ethological Society and the Behavioural Biology Section of the German Zoological Society (DZG)

from the
16.10. – 18.10.2024


University of Rostock, Universitätsplatz 1, 18051 Rostock, Germany
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf, Germany
We invite Bachelor and Master students, PhDs and early Post-docs to present and discuss their results with peers at the Joint Graduate Meeting of the Ethological Society and the Behavioural Biology Section of the German Zoological Society (DZG). The event is designed to provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, interact with peers, and engage in stimulating discussions about the latest trends and developments in the field of behavioural sciences.

For presenting your research you have the opportunity to give a talk (15+5 min) or present a poster in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

There will be no registration fees. The language of the conference is English. 

Registration with abstract for an oral presentation or poster (max. 250 words) or just for participating should be conducted via this form:

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 18th of August 2024.
Presenter notification: 16th of September 2024
Registration deadline (attendance without presentation): 30th of September 2024

Invited speakers

Dr Katja Liebal (University of Leipzig) 
Die Einstellung von Kindern gegenüber anderen Tieren - eine kulturvergleichende Perspektive (“Children’s attitudes towards other animals – a cross-cultural developmental approach”)

Dr Pizza Chow (University of Chester)
Problem-solving in wild squirrels 

Preliminary program

Mi – 16.10        Arrival until 2 pm 
Location:        Keynote lecture (Katja Liebal)  
Rostock University    Scientific talks 

Do – 17.10        Keynote lecture (Pizza Chow)  
Location:        Scientific talks 
FBN            Poster session 
Discussion round on career development
Social dinner 

Fr – 18.10        Scientific talks 
Location:        Guided tours through institutes 
FBN            Closing (ca. 2-3 pm)


You can find more information on the University's main building here.

On Thursday and Friday, the meeting will take place in the Conference Centre of the FBN in Dummerstorf (about 12 km outside of Rostock).


Connections to Rostock: You can reach Rostock by car, bus, train or ferry (

Connections from Rostock to Dummerstorf: We will offer a shuttle transfer from Rostock city centre to Dummerstorf in the morning and the afternoon on Thursday and Friday. For individual travelling, there are frequent bus connections going from Rostock-Dummerstorf-Rostock and an S-Bahn station in the next village (Kavelsdorf) that will bring you to Rostock main station.  

Accommodation possibilities

Blue Doors Hostel

B&B HOTEL Rostock-Hafen

Motel ONE

Catering during the meeting & Social dinner

Catering during the meeting
Coffee, tea, beverages, and cookies will be provided for the small breaks. We have planned pizza and sandwiches for the lunch breaks. Please let us know if you have any allergies or intolerances when registering. Alternatively, there are supermarkets and a bistro near the institute.

Social dinner (self-paid)


Don´t miss this opportunity and join us for a fun and stimulating meeting, get to know your peers and grow your network. We are looking forward to seeing you in Dummerstorf. If you have any questions don´t hesitate to contact us.  

The organizers:
Dr Ahana A. Fernandez, Dr Sabine Kraus, & Dr Christian Nawroth

Joint Graduate Meeting: Animal Behaviour 2024