The 18th International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) Congress, was to be held in Melbourne in 2020 and was then postponed to 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We had been looking forward to hosting you in Melbourne in 2022, however the Australian Government recently confirmed that borders, which are currently closed, will likely stay closed well in to 2022 so making it impossible to hold the Congress in Australia.

With borders already open in much of the northern hemisphere, the Melbourne Organising Committee and ISBE Executive decided that, in the interest of the international behavioural ecology community, the ISBE2022 Congress should be held somewhere where more than just Australians could attend! We are therefore delighted that our colleagues in Sweden, led by John Fitzpatrick, will host ISBE 2022 in Stockholm from 28 July – 2 August.

To ensure you receive further information from the ISBE2022 Sweden Organisers please register your interest at and share your contact details accordingly. If you have other questions please email

We remain keen to host you in Melbourne, and the ISBE Executive has confirmed that ISBE2024 will be in Melbourne from 29 September – 4 October 2024.

We thank you for your support of behavioural ecology, and we hope to see you at ISBE2022 in Sweden and at ISBE2024 in Melbourne. In the meantime, look after yourselves and your colleagues.

Kind regards

Bob Wong (Chair), Devi-Stuart Fox, Andy Bennett
ISBE Organising Committee, Melbourne

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