ASAB Easter Conference 2016


30th March – 1st April, Aberystwyth University, UK

Postgraduate workshop: Wednesday 30th

Conference sessions: Thursday 31st & Friday 1st

ASAB’s Easter meeting is aimed at postgraduate students and postdocs but is open to anyone interested in animal behaviour.

The postgraduate workshop will cover topics vital to all scientists, from how journals work and how to publish your research to working with the media, ethics and how to manage your supervisor.  As always, there will be plenty of opportunity for relaxed discussions with the pub quiz (pub food included!) on Wednesday and conference social & Tympath (ceilidh/folk dancing) on Thursday evening on Constitution Hill, sea-view included!

The conference is being organised by Dr Rupert Marshall, Dr Sarah Dalesman and Dr Roger Santer of the Aquatic, Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology research group ABEB.

Aberystwyth is set amongst spectacular scenery on the edge of Cardigan Bay.  Dolphins can be seen from the seafront while red kites circle overhead.  Come join us!

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The final programme is now available here. A paper copy will be provided in your welcome pack.

Abstracts are available as an online pdf here

Our plenary speakers are:

1)      Dr Lauren Brent (Exeter University, UK)

Lauren is winner of ASAB’s Chris Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Investigator

2)      Dr Iain Barber (Leicester University, UK)


If you’re not yet an ASAB member, join here! You can apply for membership at the same time as you apply for a grant. 


Still looking for accommodation? There are a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in and around Aberystwyth – further details are available here.  Please contact these hotels/hostels directly to make bookings.


Details on how to find us can be found on our Travel pages, which includes information on local buses to campus and travel from further afield.

The conference will be held in our start of the art Medrus conference centre on our Penglais campus, just by the main entrance, 15 minutes walk from the railway station (uphill…).

Tips for Travellers!

  • Bus 03  drops off on campus by the Porters Lodge, adjacent to the conference venue.
  • A bus from town costs £1 each way.
  • Airport: Birmingham (BHX) is the most convenient airport
  • Direct trains to Aberystwyth run from Birmingham International (airport) and Birmingham New Street stations.  Travel in the rear two coaches from Birmingham as some trains divide at Machynlleth. Do not be surprised when the train reverses at Shrewsbury – this is normal! You will then be in the front two coaches and the train will go to Aberystwyth! Travelling via London? Trains from London Marylebone via Birmingham Moor Street can be cheaper than those from Euston – ask for the fare via High Wycombe.
  • Our minibus will meet all trains arriving on Tuesday 29th April between 15:15 and 21:30.  Look out for our conference helpers on the platform in their bright yellow “Ambassador” t-shirts!
  • Allow extra time on roads in Wales! Reckon on an average speed of 40mph/60kph
  • National Express and Megabus  operate a daily direct coach service from London (Victoria coach Station. Both call into the campus.
  • We’ll miss you but know you have to leave eventually!  We have arranged transport to ensure you can stay until the end of prize-giving on Friday and still make the 15:30 train.

Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous financial support:

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The final programme is now available here [linking "here" to the document]. A paper copy will be provided in your welcome pack