I’m organising a meeting with Kate Laskowski on ‘Collective animal behaviour through time‘. The idea is to exchange ideas and encourage more research on the developmental and evolutionary aspects of collective behaviour in animals, which we think has been lacking in favour of determining the mechanisms of collective behaviour.

The meeting is 18th – 19th May 2020 in central London, registration is FREE, and we have a great line up of speakers (full list of speakers is below). You can register and see more details on the project website:


We will be having a poster session 16.30 – 18.15 on the first day (18th May). If you’d like to contribute a poster, or know of someone else who may be interested, applications are open via the website above – the deadline is 3rd April 2020, so plenty of time. A major aim of the meeting is to facilitate new avenues of research crossing collective behaviour, developmental biology and evolutionary biology, so we would consider preliminary results being presented at the poster session if we think this would encourage discussion and collaboration in this research area. As an added bonus to being able to present their work, presenters don’t have to buy a drinks ticket for the poster session.

Our speakers:

Prof Jens Krause, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Prof Iain Couzin, University of Konstanz / Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour

Prof James Marshall, University of Sheffield

Prof Dora Biro, University of Oxford

Dr Audrey Dussutour, CNRS / Universite Paul Sabatier

Dr Gonzalo de Polavieja, Champalimaud Foundation

Dr Elva Robinson, University of York

Dr Seirian Sumner, University College London

Dr Andrew King, Swansea University

Dr Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Dr Simon Garnier, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dr Lauren Brent, University of Exeter

Dr Julia Saltz, Rice University

Dr Stephen Montgomery, University of Bristol

Dr Damien Farine, University of Konstanz / Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour

Dr Kate Laskowski, University of California Davis