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Conferences and Societies
Annual conference of the Animal Behaviour Society
July 28-30th (virtual)
Annual conference of the Association for the Studies of Animal Behaviour
July 16th (virtual)
Annual Conference on Artificial Life
July 13-18th (virtual)
Annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution
September 24-25th (virtual)
The Institute hosts many conferences and meetings on zoo and wildlife research.
2020 events are virtual
Winter meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain. Symposium structure with poster presentations.
2020 meeting TBC
Meetings of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Frequent, 2-3 times a year.
All 2020 meetings CANCELLED
Biennial conference of the Cultural Evolution Society
Postponed to 2021
Annual interdisciplinary conference on cultural evolution studies (Stirling, UK)
2020 conference CANCELLED
Annual conference of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association
Postponed to 2021
Biennial congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
Scheduled for 2021
The German Ethological Society website hosts the links to several relevant meetings.
Biennial congress of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology
2020 meeting CANCELLED
Spring meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain. Participants talks and poster presentations.
2020 meeting CANCELLED
Small research grant (up to £10,000) to cover the cost of a research project. Up to 2 years. The Principal Applicant must be UK-resident.
Fellowship scheme for non-British citizens with no previous academic link to the UK, to work at a UK institution. For applicants with up to 7 years of postdoctoral experience (PhD must have been awarded by the time the fellowship starts).
Other UK-related funding not limited to ECR applicants.
Fellowship scheme for British and EEA citizens, to work at a UK institution. Directed at researchers up to 3 years from PhD completion (PhD must have been awarded by the time the application is evaluated).
Large grant aimed at relieving researchers of administrative and teaching duties for up to 3 years, and at covering travelling and public engagement costs during the same period. For ECR researchers who hold a permanent post at a UK institution.
For people who want to go to Germany or Germans who want to travel abroad (English website). Very good for travel grants.
Funding for organisers
Funding for projects based in or linked to Germany (English website).
Large ECR grants (2-7 years from completion of the PhD, with possible exceptions).
EU Member States and Associated Countries
Worldwide national and regional programmes for women in the sciences.
Sponsorship for cognitive science projects from multiple research angles including evolutionary anthropology and psychology). 1-year fellowships for ECRs to establish a research team in France (English website).
Several sponsorship programmes for ECRs interested in working in Germany (English website).
Fellowship for researchers who have not yet held a permanent position. Aimed at UK degree-holders or holders of an academic position in the UK at the time of application, to work in the UK. 3-year length, but can be flexible to accommodate health, disability and parental needs.
Fellowship scheme for Europe-based researchers wanting to establish projects outside the EU, and for any researcher wanting to work in the EU. Good for researchers who have taken a career break or who wish to return to Europe.
EU and Associated Countries
Funding for researchers based in or with connections to the UK. Covering research and industry projects across a wide range of sectors.
Biennial 5-day course offering practical experience in techniques of non-invasive endocrine monitoring, at the IZW institute (Berlin).
Biennial 5-day course designed for ECRs, at the IZW institute (Berlin). 2020 edition to take place virtually.
Collection of lectures and reading material on animal cultures from the world leading experts in the field.
CES resource page hosting cultural evolution related links and material.
Made for artists, offering many useful guides & tutorials
International database STEM-related job positions (mostly PostDoc and PhD).
Public Engagement Skills
Policy making:opportunity to shadow parlamentarians or civil servants.
Range of courses for ECR scientists (including PhDs). Teaching a range of skills, from writing to working with radio and television outlets.
Transition to outside academia
Resource page by the Society for the Study of Evolution, dedicated to transitioning to the job market outside academia. Includes a database of ‘mentors’ to be contacted.
Other useful websites
Website community for ECRs of any discipline with useful funding and resource search tools.