The 2020 ICN Website is Now Open! 

The website for the 2020 ICN in Lisbon, Portugal, July 26-31 is now live and updated at You can now find a preliminary scientific program, information about plenary talks, invited symposia, venue information and more. You can also sign up to express your interest in attending the conference, which will be a great help to the organizers. Please note that the Congress dates have changed since previous announcements so make sure to update your calendars.

See you in Lisbon!

Information on the 2020 International Congress for Neuroethology in Lisbon, Portugal

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

As the news about the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve and while some major events are being cancelled or postponed in Europe, we want to reassure you that preparations for the ICN in Portugal are still ongoing ( However, if the current situation worsens, we may be forced to postpone the congress until the northern summer of 2021. To allow us time to monitor developments and to assess the potential need for postponement, we have extended the Early-Bird Registration and Abstract Submission deadlines to May 1, 2020. For those applying for Heiligenberg Student Travel Awards, the Capranica Neuroethology Prize, the Konishi Neuroethology Award, the Developing Neuroethology Awards, the Young Investigator Awards or who intend to nominate someone for Fellow of the International Society of Neuroethology, the submission deadlines for all these awards have also been extended to May 1, 2020.

Our main concern, as the organizers of this Congress, is the health and safety of all those attending, and we are monitoring the situation very closely. We are following the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and we are taking all security measures according to the WHO travel guidelines, which includes a sanitary plan for preventative care.

If we do, indeed, postpone the ICN until the following summer, registration fees will be returned to those who have already registered.

We will decide in mid-April whether we will postpone the ICN. At that time, we will notify all congress registrants, and all members of the International Society of Neuroethology, of our decision via email and social media. Our recommendation is to delay registering for the congress until this notification.

Satellite Symposia Venue Announced

The Local Organizing Committee of the ICN2020, which will be held in Lisbon from the 26th to the 31st of July 2020, has organized the logistics to host all the satellite symposia at a single venue. We have selected the facilities at ISPA - Instituto Universitário for this purpose. It is conveniently located in downtown Lisbon facing the Tagus river and served by a range of different public transportation including a subway station (Santa Apolonia) of the same subway line (blue line) that serves the main conference venue (Gulbenkian Foundation, subway station: São Sebastião)(please check Lisbon subway map here). Therefore delegates that want to attend the satellite meetings can choose their accommodation in any hotel served by the blue line and will have easy access to both events.

Satellite meetings can take place on Saturday (25/7) and/or Sunday (26/7) ending at 5pm in order for delegates to be able to transfer to the opening ceremony of the main meeting scheduled for 6pm at a different venue, and can have the duration of 0.5, 1, 1.5 or 2 days. We have the capacity to host up to 10 satellite meetings at ISPA with numbers of attendees ranging from 38 to 210 persons. Rooms, AV, secretariat (including registration handling), and catering (coffee-breaks and lunch) will all be provided on-site and included in a single low-cost conference fee to be paid as a deposit by the satellite symposia organizers. Please contact the LOC (Rui Oliveira for further details and for booking rooms at your earliest convenience. Bookings will be done on a first come first served basis. 

We are looking forward to meet you in Lisbon next Summer. 

Best wishes, 

Rui Oliveira (on behalf on the LOC ISN2020)

The International Society for Neuroethology is also pleased to announce the 2022 International Congress for Neuroethology will be held in Berlin, Germany!

2018 Congress for Neuroethology

The XIII Congress took place in Brisbane, Australia

July 15 - 20, 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

To view the ICN 2018 Program Book

To view the ICN 2018 Abstract Book

PLEASE NOTE: ICN abstracts are not citable

View the ICN 2018 website at

View all past meetings.