2023 ISAE Congress - Student Activities


We plan to hold several student events to facilitate conversations among students (including PhDs), post-docs, professors, and industry scientists at the 2023 ISAE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.


To kick off congress, we will hold a Student Meet & Greet on Tuesday (August 1st) evening before the welcome cocktail. This will include brief introductions through a speed dating event to practice elevator pitches and help bolster student confidence with networking. On that same day we will have a Student Lunch with separate tables at lunch for students only to allow them to connect on the first day of the conference.


On Wednesday (August 2nd), we plan to hold two versions of Eating with Ethologists, both in person and virtually. Last year, we were incredibly fortunate to have 46 scientists, professors, and post-docs volunteer to participate. Using this list of scientists, a total of 64 students registered and identified their top three scientists to meet. We then created student-scientist groups based on students’ top preferences, pairing no more than three students per scientist. A total of 61 students were matched with 29 scientists for the in person version of Eating with Ethologists, and an additional two students matched with one scientist for the virtual version of Eating with Ethologists. This event allowed students to connect and have informal conversations with a scientist that they were excited to meet at Congress!


On Thursday (August 3rd), we plan to hold Table Topics, in which lunch tables are labeled with topics in applied ethology to facilitate discussions amongst attendees. This serves a relaxed setting to connect individuals with similar interests. Last year’s topics included abnormal behavior, cognition and emotion, euthanasia, human-animal interactions, pain, play behavior, social behavior, technology & welfare, welfare education, and welfare policy.

The student activities are organized by the ISAE Student Representatives. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to contact us!