Thank you for participating in ISAE 2023!

The ISAE 2023 congress took place on 1st – 5th August in Tallinn, Estonia, with allied meetings and workshops held on July 31st. It brought together scientists dedicated to research in the science of applied ethology from 40 countries from all over the world. The purpose of the congress was to meet, share ideas make new contacts and further the topicality, importance and synchrony in the world of animal behaviour science. The society is determined to be inclusive and the progress in this regard has been and remains substantial and a model for other scientific societies.   

Professor David Arney said that the Organising Committee are very happy with the success of the congress. “The enthusiasm of the delegates, and the quality of the science presented and discussions were very high. Delegates include some of the most respected scientists in the field and early-stage researchers taking their first steps, and communication between them was relaxed, open, supportive and increased understanding of both,” Arney stated.

At a local level this meeting was very important for Estonia and for the development and collaboration opportunities for local ethologists. There were four oral presentations by Estonian scientists, including the Wood-Gush memorial lecture by Prof. Harro of Tartu University, and there were also several poster presentations by Estonian scientists. Current and past students and staff of the Estonian University of Life Sciences were among the presenters.

There were 323 delegates from 40 countries registered to attend the congress either onsite or virtually. 282 participants came to Tallinn. Most participants were from the States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada. There were also delegtes from developing countries (including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mexico, Nigeria and Ethiopia) whose visit was supported by the society.


Charles River, Purina and CABI alongwith European Union funding contributed to the success of ISAE2023.

The next ISAE conference will take place in 2024 in Brazil.

Welcome to the ISAE2023 congress!


One Ethology, understanding animal behaviour to improve the lives of animals, humans and society.


On behalf of the organizers I am very happy to welcome you to Tallinn for the ISAE conference of 2023. We have not hosted the ISAE conference in Estonia previously, but finally Ethology is coming home. This might raise some eyebrows, and, but we are proud to say that one of the fathers of the study of animal behaviour, Jacob Von Uexküll, was Estonian. We are very much looking forward to meeting you, sharing experience and ideas and making new contacts. We warmly welcome any of you that might not have been to previous ISAE meetings. Please do join us. The society and its meetings are friendly, inspiring and an ideal place to expand your networks in the field of applied animal behaviour.

See you all in Tallinn!



Prof. David Arney
On behalf of the organizing committee


Welcome to ISAE2023 - a green congress!

Dear participant of ISAE2023,

We are proud to inform you that ISAE2023 is organised as a green congress minimising in many ways the negative ecological impact on the environment.

  • Food is served only on reusable tableware.
  • The amount of food has been preordered in order to minimise food waste.
  • Transportation is organised only to the festive evening, other social events are within walking distance.
  • No bags, pens or bulky printed materials have been produced for the ISAE2023 congress. Pencils and notebooks are available in both lecture halls. For additional convenience, simple A4 printouts of the programme-at-a-glance are available on the registration desk.
  • Both the programme book and the abstract book are available only online. These are accessible on the webpage of ISAE2023 and through QR codes onsite.
  • We ask you to bring your own water bottle if possible! You can refill it onsite. Tap water in Estonia is also drinkable!
  • It is possible to sort waste at the venue, please use this opportunity!
  • Both electrical taxies and scooters are available in Tallinn, please download the Bolt app for using them!

It is a joint effort to minimise the ecological impact of a congress, we thank all of you wholeheartedly for your support of a cleaner environment!

Grants for participants

  • The ISAE has established a Congress Attendance Fund (CAF) to support the attendance of ISAE members at the annual congress. More information about Congress Attendance Fund (CAF) and how to apply can be found here
  • Humane Society International (HSI) provides financial assistance for graduate students to attend the ISAE International Congress and present their research. More information about Human Society International (HSI) assistance and how to apply can be found here.  
  • Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fellowship 2023 (DCCAF) is fellowship for farm animal behavior and welfare scientists and others wishing to attend the congress from developing countries. More information about Developing Countries Congress Attendance Fellowship 2023 (DCCAF) and how to apply can be found here
  • Purina Companion Travel Awards provides financial assistance to the ISAE International Congress by granting Travel Awards to graduate students. The presentation must be related to domestic cat and dog behaviour. More information about Purina Companion Travel Awards can be found here. 




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