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4th Annual ESLR Workshop 2020

22nd – 24th July 2020, Max-Planck-Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany

What to expect from this year's workshop

Hands-on workshop sessions on the state of the art social learning research

Hands-on workshop sessions on data vizualisation: how to represent complex data to convey your message effectively.

Opportunity to learn valuable skills and get to know new tools

A platform to exchange on early-career specific issues

Interdisciplinary networking and research showcasing


Wednesday, July 22nd

  • Welcome reception: Opening remarks from the organizers
  • Icebreaker event
  • Keynote 1: Dr. Mauricio Cantor, MPI of Animal Behaviour
  • Student talks
  • Poster Lightening round
  • Poster session

Thursday, July 23rd

  • Keynote 2: Dr. Rachel Harrison, University of Lausanne
  • Group session Network based Diffusion Analysis (NBDA): Dr. William Hoppitt
  • Group session Complex Data Visualization: Dr. Christine Cuskley, Newcastle University
  • Parrallele worksessions: Constructing null-models, Using Gephi

Friday, July 24th

  • Keynote 3: Dr. Alex Jordan, MPI of Animal Behavior
  • Keynote 4: Jacob Graving, MPI of Animal Behavior
  • Activity: Challenges in early-career research
  • Closing remarks
  • ESLR Annual General Meeting 2020

Participants will have the opportunity to present their own work to the other attendees, colleagues and senior researchers from the MPI on the Wednesday, July 22nd, in the form of a short talk or poster. Research on social learning or topics with a direct applicability to the field is welcomed.

Invited speakers

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Registrations for the workshop open March 5th, and can be made under the following link: During registration, you will have the opportunity to apply to present your research in front of the workshop attendees and faculty, in form of a research poster or student talk. Decisions on the applications will be made after April 15th 2020. Please make sure to register soon, since places are limited and may fill quickly.

Please note that the workshop is free for members of the ESLR Society. If you are not a member yet, you will have the option to either join the ESLR Society, or to pay the workshop fee.

Venue and accomodation

The workshop will take place at the University of Konstanz (Universitätsstraße 10, 78464 Konstanz, Germany).

By Plane: The nearest international airports to Konstanz are Zurich (1 hour), Stuttgart (2 hours) or Frankfurt am Main (4h). Budget Airlines land in Friedrichshafen (Ryanair) or Memmingen (Wizzair).

By train: On the websites of the Deutschen Bahn (German trains) or Schweizer Bahn (Swiss trains), you can find the fastest connections to Konstanz. From Switzerland, you can reach Konstanz easily from Swiss train station in neighbouring Kreuzlingen.

In Konstanz : Bus line 9A or 9B from “Bahnhof” bus stop to the final bus stop “Universität”. The buses are available every 15 minutes until 20:00. Thereafter, they drive every 30 minutes and stop directly in front of the main university entrance. 

Bus line 4/13 from the “Bahnhof” bus station to the “Egg/Universität” bus stop.
The buses are available until 15:30 every 30 minutes. Thereafter, they drive every 15 minutes until 21:00, at which point they begin to operate every hour. 

Since hotels/hostels in Konstanz tend to be booked out during Summer holidays, we would recommend securing a place ahead of time.We recommend the DJH Hostel Otto Moericke Tower Konstanz, located within walking distance from the University.

Annual General Meeting

On Friday, after the workshop closes, we will hold our third AGM. All society members and non-members are welcome to join us. We will discuss the current state and future directions of the society.


If you have any further questions regarding the workshop, please email us at , or find us on twitter (@konstanz2020). 

Further information

All participants agree upon application to the workshop that they agree with  and adhere to the society’s Code of Conduct. If you have questions do not hesitate to contact us.