6th International Student Course
in Behavioural Biology



organised by the Institut Francilien d‘Ethologie IFE


27-28 November 2023


Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers, France


General description


This student course (in person or online participation) is offered to students and young researchers (Master students, PhD students, Post docs) in behavioural sciences and related disciplines. It includes five plenary talks by international senior researchers, a round table discussion on ethics in animal experimentation, and student poster presentations (only in person, no online poster session). See preliminary conference programme below. The participation, either in person or online, is free of charge.


Dates and Conference venue


The course will take place on Monday, 27 November 2023 and Tuesday, 28 November 2023 at the Campus Condorcet, Conference Centre (centre de colloques), Place du Front Populaire, 93322 Aubervilliers, France. The Conference Centre is just right next to one of the exits of the Station "Front Populaire" of Metro line 12.

Online participants will receive a ZOOM link by email.



To register, send an email to IFE.info.contact@gmail.com.


Insert “Registration-in person” or “Registration-online” in the subject line of your email. In the body of this email, only include the following information:


Family name, First name

Department, University or Institution


Status (e.g., undergraduate student, Master student of first or second year, PhD student, Post doc, researcher)

In case of in-person participation: Poster presentation yes/no. Please provide a tentative title of your poster. Posters should be in English, in A0 portrait format.



There are no registration fees, neither for participation in person or online. Drinks and snacks during the breaks are free. However, the number of participants is limited (“first come, first serve”)


* We are accepting a maximum of 150 participants in person. Registrations until the 6 November 2023 will be considered, as long as the maximum number is not reached.


* Online participation is limited to 500 persons. Registrations until the 22 November 2023 will be considered, as long as the maximum number is not reached.


Once we have received your registration per email, you will receive a confirmation mail with further details within the following days. In case of online participation, another mail with your ZOOM link one day prior to the start of the conference. Participants will receive a certificate of participation on demand.


Conference program

All times given are in Central European Time (Paris time).


Monday, 27 November 2023


08:30am – 09:00am

Conference registration (only in-person participants)

09:15am – 09:45am

Opening ceremony and welcome address

09:45am – 10:30am

Sex roles in coucals - a unique model system to answer Tinbergen's 4 questions

Dr. Wolfgang Goymann (Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Seewiesen, Germany)

10:30am – 11:00am

Coffee break

11:00am – 11:45am

Adjusting to change: rodent´s responses to changing environments

Dr. Anja Guenther (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany)

11:45am – 12:30pm

Are some bees cleverer than others? Studying inter-individual variability in cognitive performances in an insect

Dr. Aurore Avargučs-Weber (CNRS Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, Toulouse, France)

12:30pm – 02:30pm


02:30pm – 06:30pm

Student poster presentation (only for in-person participants, no access via ZOOM)

06:30pm – 09:00pm

Aperitif & Social evening


Tuesday, 28 November 2023


09:00am – 09:15am


09:15am – 10:00am

Neurobiological mechanisms of acoustic communication in songbirds

Dr. Nicolas Giret (CNRS Institut des Neurosciences Paris Saclay, France)

10:00am – 10:45am

Studying social insects in their environment

Dr. Romain Honorio (LEEC, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, France)

10:45am – 11:00am

Coffee break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Round table discussion: Ethics in Animal Experimentation

Moderators: Dr. Christophe Féron (LEEC), Dr. Gilles Gheusi (LEEC), Dr. Dalila Bovet (LECD)

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Closing session with final discussion and awarding of poster prizes






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