4th International Student Course in Behavioural Biology



organised by the Institut Francilien d‘Ethologie IFE


2-3 December 2021


Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Campus de Villetaneuse, France


General description


This online course, which is free of charge, is offered to students and young researchers (Master students, PhD students, Post docs) in behavioural sciences and related disciplines. It will consist of six plenary talks by international senior researchers, see conference programme below.



To register, send an email to IFE.info.contact@gmail.com. Registrations until the 25 November 2021 will be considered.


Insert “Course registration” in the subject line of your email. In the body of this email, only include the following information:


Name, First name

Department, University or Institution


Status (e.g. undergraduate student, Master student, PhD student, Post doc, researcher)


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation mail and another mail with your ZOOM link one day prior to the start of the conference. Participants will receive a certificate of participation on demand.



All times are given in Paris time (= CET +1)



Thursday, 2 December 2021


09:00 am – 09:30 am

Opening and welcome address

09:30 am – 10:30 am

Genetic and behavioural regulation in superorganisms

Dr. Heikki Helanterä (University of Oulu, Finland)

10:30 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:45 am

What do birds say when they sing?

Dr. Fanny Rybak (Institut des NeuroSciences Paris-Saclay, France)

11:45 am – 12:30 am

Behavioural anticipation in a rapidly changing world: timing of bird migration

Prof. Dr. Barbara Helm (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Friday, 3 December 2021


09:00 am – 09:15 am


09:15 am – 10:00 am

Coping with adversity: integrating development, neuroendocrinology and behavior

Dr. Cédric Zimmer (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, France)

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Social behavior and vocal communication in bats

Dr. Mirjam Knörnschild (Museum for Natural History, Berlin, Germany & Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama)

10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:45 am

How dispersal and mating behaviors affect genetic differentiation and speciation: a case study in Cataglyphis ants

Dr. Claudie Doums (EPHE-PSL, Paris, France)

11:45 am – 12:30 am

Final discussion






Contact us: IFE.info.contact@gmail.com