Please note, ISBE2020 has been postponed and will now take place in Melbourne on 11 – 16 September 2022.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for ISBE 2020. If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration, you must also intend to register for the Congress. Online submission for an oral or poster presentation is the only method of receipt of abstracts.

Whilst authors can be listed as contributors on multiple abstracts, the presenting author can only be listed to present once on abstracts submitted for consideration as oral presentations.


Call For Abstracts Date
Abstract submissions open Wednesday 2 October 2019
Abstract submissions close Tuesday 17 March 2020
Notification to authors Tuesday 12 May 2020
Authors acceptance of offer Tuesday 26 May 2020
Registrations Date
Congress registration opens Monday 3 February 2020
Early bird registration closes Tuesday 26 May 2020
Speaker registration closes Tuesday 26 May 2020


Oral presentation: A standard oral presentation to be delivered in a themed session.

Poster presentation: Poster presentations to be held in dedicated evening sessions with drinks.


The following themes are broad and inclusive and may assist with guidance for your submission.

  • Altruism and cooperation
  • Anthropogenic change
  • Applied animal behaviour
  • Behavioural genomics
  • Behavioural plasticity
  • Contests
  • Communication
  • Conservation behaviour
  • Endocrine mechanisms
  • Foraging
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Human behaviour
  • Learning and cognition
  • Life histories
  • Mating systems
  • Movement
  • Neurophysiological mechanisms
  • Outreach
  • Parental care
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Sensory ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Social behaviour
  • Welfare


Please click on the applicable button below to download and save the template.


Abstract submission is a two-step process.

STEP 1: Creating an account and logging into the abstract submission portal

Click on the button below to access the abstract submission portal. To access the portal, we ask you to please set up an account to assist in the management and submission of your abstract/s for Congress.

Please select the ‘Create new account’ button and complete your preferred email address and password for your account log in details.

Once logged into the submission portal please click on the ‘Your contact information’ tab at the top of menu bar and complete your contact details.

Once you have created an account within the abstract submission portal you can upload abstracts, edit abstracts that are still in draft, and review terms and conditions at any time, by logging in.

STEP 2: Submitting your abstract

Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author who should complete all fields. Click on the ‘Abstract submission’ tab and review the instructions.

Use the template to present your abstract in the required format. Abstracts not submitted using this template will be returned for correction.

Templates can be found above and in the abstract submission portal, please save the template to your desktop and complete it.

You will be required to provide the following details prior to uploading the abstract file:

  • The abstract title
  • Preferred presentation type
  • Theme
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Your completed abstract template

Please complete each step within the portal and then select the ‘Submit’ button to successfully submit your abstract. Please note this button will show only when all fields have been completed. You can also choose to ‘Save as draft’ at any time. You can view all your drafts and successfully submitted abstracts in the ‘Your submissions’ tab.

Should you wish to delete or edit an abstract that has been successfully submitted you will need to contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at sophie@wsm.com.au or phone on +61 3 9907 8641.

Once your abstract is submitted correctly, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, your abstract has not been submitted. The abstract will be found under the ‘Your submissions’ tab and you will need to complete the missing information and submit it.

If you have any queries, please contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at sophie@wsm.com.au or phone on +61 3 9907 8634.


You are required to double check whether your abstract has uploaded correctly during the upload process. If you have any concerns, please contact Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at sophie@wsm.com.au or phone on +61 3 9907 8641.


Abstract review notification and allocation to the program will be communicated to the corresponding authors on Tuesday 12 May 2020.

Please note the details provided as the author contact should be for the nominated main contact for your abstract. All correspondence relating to the submission will be directed to this person and they should in turn distribute to all co-presenters.

Acceptance of this offer must be notified to Sophie Warner, Program Coordinator via email at sophie@wsm.com.au no later than Tuesday 26 May 2020.


The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Congress. Similarly, no presenter fee is paid to successful participants. 

All presenters must register for the Congress before Tuesday 26 May 2020 in order for the presentation to be included in the Congress program.


By submitting an abstract you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • I take full responsibility for the content of my submission and presentation.
  • I understand that any case studies in the content of my submission and presentation should not identify any personal details.
  • I understand that my submission, as displayed on the “Your Abstracts” page, reflects the data and material that is held in the Congress Office database. I acknowledge that I have checked this page for accuracy and I am satisfied with the information contained therein.
  • I confirm that I have successfully viewed the PDF conversion of my submitted submission(s), including any submissions that I have replaced.
  • I understand I should not use my presentation as means of selling my organisations’ products or services.
  • I undertake to provide all required items to the Congress Office by the appropriate deadline.
  • All documents, memoranda, notes and records relating to the Congress produced by either WALDRONSMITH Management, its agents, the staff or representatives of ISBE 2020 are and remain the property of ISBE 2020.


For any enquiries regarding abstract submission please contact the Program Coordinator.

ISBE 2020 Congress Office

119 Buckhurst Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
D +61 3 9907 8634
T +61 3 9645 6311
E sophie@wsm.com.au

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