Educational Resources and Opportunities for Neuroethologists

The ISN is committed to promoting education in Neuroethology at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-graduate levels.  To this aim, we sponsor courses in Neuroethology, provide essays on topics in Neuroethology, and share educational content.  We also sponsor the Bullock Visiting Lecturer Program.

Technical Essays

In addition to these essays written by ISN members, you can find additional information on Scholarpedia.

If you are interested in contributing an essay, contact Terry Leatherman.

Meetings of Interest

The Electric Fish Virtual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10 am to Noon EDT US and Canada (UTC-4:00) via Zoom.  Please see the Program Flyer for additional details on presenters and topics.

15th Annual Meeting of the Ethological Society
February 18 to 21, 2020 - Tübingen, Germany

We invite you to attend the upcoming annual meeting of the Ethological Society. The University of Tübingen is embedded in a medieval town with a cosmopolitan flair and has a long history in this field. Confirmed keynote speakers are Zanna Clay (Durham, UK), Iain Couzin (Radolfzell), Judith Korb (Freiburg) and Ana Silva (Montevideo, Uruguay).

On the arrival day (Tue 18 Feb) we invite you to the evening icebreaker and registration. It is followed by a two-day scientific programme (Wed-Thu 19-20 Feb 2020). We end with a farewell event in the castle Hohentübingen on the evening of Thu 20 Feb. On the departure day (Fri 21 Feb) there is an opportunity to visit our labs.

Keynote speakers are Zanna Clay, Iain Couzin, Judith Korb and Ana Silva. Early bird registration closes 15 Jan 2020. Abstract submission closes 30 Nov 2019.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Tübingen!

The etho2020 team


Sensory Ecology - 

An International Course for Postgraduate Students

The senses of animals are essential for every aspect of daily life. Whether detecting a mate or a prey, escaping the attentions of a predator or simply monitoring the surrounding habitat, an animal’s senses are critical to its survival. To respond to the opportunities and dangers of the world quickly and effectively, each species must possess a sensory system that is uniquely optimised to its particular ecology. This “sensory ecology” has driven the remarkable range of sensory systems we find in Nature today.

Now in its second decade, the international postgraduate course Sensory Ecology is known throughout the world. The two-week course – which is limited to 40 participants – is organised by the Department of Biology at the University of Lund in Sweden. The course is held every second year in Autumn. The world’s leading authorities in sensory ecology are invited to Lund to deliver an outstanding program of lectures covering all animal senses. The next course - COVID-19 permitting - will take place in Lund from September 20-October 4, 2020 and we still have a small number of available places.

Places have been allocated on a first-in first-served basis until the maximum number of places is filled (40 places). The application period opened on April 1st 2020 
and closes on July 30th 2020, or when the course is full. 

July 30th will also be the date when we will make a final decision about whether the COVID-19 crisis will force us to cancel the course.
 Please see the course web site for application procedures, details of the course contents and other practical information. One can also contact the organisers at the following e-mail address:



Books published by ISN members.

Invertebrate Vision
Eric Warrant and Dan-Eric Nilsson (Eds)
Cambridge University Press 2006

Visual Ecology
Thomas Cronin, Sönke Johnsen, Justin Marshall and Eric Warrant
Princeton University Press 2014

The Ecology of Animal Senses
Gerhard von der Emde and Eric Warrant (Eds)
Springer Nature 2016

Arthropod Brains Evolution
Functional Elegance, and Historical Significance
Nicholas James Strausfeld
Harvard University Press.

Frontiers in Sensing
From Biology to Engineering
F.G. Barth, J.A. Humprey, and M.V. Srinisvasan (Eds)
Springer Verlag

Sensory Perception
Mind and Matter
F.G. Barth, P. Giampieri-Deutsch, H.-D. Klein
Springer Verlag

Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour
P. Simmons, D. Young
Cambridge University Press

Governing Behavior
Ari Berkowitz
Harvard University Press

Behavioral Neurobiology: An Integrative Approach
Günther K.H. Zupanc
Foreword by Theodore H. Bullock
Oxford University Press

The Bullock Visiting Lecturer Program

The Bullock Visiting Lecture Program supports lecturers to various international, national or regional meetings (e.g., Gottingen Neurobiology meetings, annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, Nerve Net meetings, etc.) at which significant amounts of neuroethology research is presented. These lectures are named after Ted Bullock to recognize his significant contributions to neuroethology and to honor him as the founding president of the ISN. To apply for a Bullock visiting lecture, please contact Terry Leatherman (  Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by need and resources available.