ISBE Congresses no longer facilitates the running of post-congress symposia. However, colleagues are welcome to take advantage of the large international gathering of researchers to organize and run their own pre-and post-conference meetings. These include:

Olof Leimar (Stockholm University) and John McNamara (University of Bristol) are organizing a pre-congress symposium on “How can we achieve a productive collaboration between game-theory modellers and empiricists?”.

The pre-congress symposium will take place at 10:00-16:00 on Thursday 28 July 2022. See for more information.

This symposium has been cancelled. 


Workshop in association with the International Society of Behavioral Ecology meeting 2022

3 August 10-12:30 at Stockholm University.

What is the influence of personal experiences on understandings of sex differences in behavioural ecology research?

As researchers, we all bring biases to our research – by our theoretical frameworks, our human senses (which enable certain insights into animal behavior but hinder others), our study species, our geographic locations and experiences. Accordingly, science historians and philosophers have found connections between those who have conducted science and the knowledge produced and not produced. In this workshop, behavioural ecologist Pietro Pollo will present his and Michael Kasumovic’s recent paper (2022) about the effect of the researchers’ experiences on their understanding of “sex roles”. In addition, evolutionary biologist and gender researcher Malin Ah-King will present her research on how different researchers’ perspectives have contributed to shifting perceptions about females in sexual selection research.

What can we learn from science philosophers about these differences in understandings and the development in the field? Given these diverging interpretations of sex differences and “sex roles”, how should empirical researchers in animal behaviour go about to increase awareness and ameliorate handling of biases in this research area?

In preparation for the workshop we will read two philosophy of science papers.

This interdisciplinary workshop invites behavioral ecology researchers and other researchers interested in this topic. The workshop will take place at Stockholm University (location will be announced later), for those who cannot be on site the talks will be available on Zoom. Registration: please send an e-mail to by June 30. Additional later registrations will also be possible.


10:00-10:10 Introduction Malin Ah-King & Ingrid Ahnesjö

10:10-10:50 Pietro Pollo, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales “What affects perceptions of sex differences in animal behaviour?”

10:50-11:15 Malin Ah-King “The Female Turn – reflections on knowledge production in sexual selection research”


11:30-12:30 Discussion

Malin Ah-King, Department of Ethnology, History of Religion and Gender Studies, Stockholm University
Ingrid Ahnesjö, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University

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