This year, the conference was attended by 50 delegates from 11 countries, and many talks explored culture, innovative behaviour and social transmission of information in a variety of study systems, from great tits to humans. Additionally, we were privileged to hear two keynote lectures given by (1) Professor William McGrew (University of Cambridge) on Living Apes as Models for Dead Humans: Stones, Bones, and Ecotones and (2) Dr Andrew Young (University of Exeter) on Sex differences in cooperation and ageing in wild social vertebrates. The conference also included a lively round-table discussion on Gender Equality & Diversity in Academia.
Delegates further enjoyed the opportunity to hone their traditional Scottish dance skills by participating in an evening ceilidh, in addition to getting a flavor for the local pub culture.
Overall, the European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition provided delegates the opportunity to hone presentation skills, partake in critical (but constructive) discussions, and to build bridges within the broader scientific community—an invaluable experience! More photos here.