The Program Committee is committed to reflect the unique ISN hallmarks while conceiving a program that is novel, timely and of interest to a broad range of neuroethologists.
We specially aimed at highlighting innovative approaches and analyses of the neural basis of behavior to promote conceptual and technical innovation in the neuroethological research of the 21st Century. We are proud to announce an outstanding set of plenary speakers and symposia, spanning across molecular, genetic, evolutionary, and computational approaches.

Martin Giurfa and José Luis Peña
Co-chairs of the Program Committee


1) Reception desk

The reception desk will open 9:00 – 19:00 on Wednesday, March 30 through Sunday April 3. All the attendees are expected to go to the reception desk to pick-up your name tag and congress bag. On-site registration is also available at the desk.

2) Presentations

a) Oral sessions

Lectures and symposia will be held in rooms 1, 2 (Ballroom, 2nd Floor) and in the Conference Room (4th Floor), each equipped with a high power DLP projector and a big screen. You can freely use a green laser pointer and an iPad timer. Oral presenters will be expected to use their own computers (Windows or Mac) for video projections. We will have a PC reception desk at the convention center to make projection tests in advance. Speakers will be advised to go to the PC reception desk well before the session starts. Assitance for projector connections and sound amplification will be provided.

   b) Poster sessions

The 3rd and 4th Floor facilities will be open for poster presentations throughout the congress, and each presenter will have a one-hour time slot allocated for his/her presentation during the 4-hour poster session (15:00-19:00). Posters of the session 1 (Thu-Fri) can be set-up in the morning (from 08:30 Thu) and should be removed by the evening of the next day (before19:30 Fri). Posters of the session 2 (Sat-Sun) can be set-up in the morning (from 08:30 Fri) and should be removed by the evening of the next day (before 17:00 Sun). A wide poster board space (150cm wide × 120 cm height) will be prepared for each poster. U-tac and adhesive tape will be provided. No electric supply is available near the poster boards.

3) Opening ceremony & Welcome party

The opening ceremony will start 17:30 on Wednesday March 30 followed by the welcome party in the Ballroom.

More details available in "Social/Cutural Activities"

4) Banquet

On April 3, after the business meeting (6:00 P.M.), a free transfer service will take particpants from the venue to the banquet at Kibon/Club Uruguay.

Program at a Glance
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Program at a Glance
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Program at a Glance
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  Catharine Rankin
University of British Columbia, Canada

The New-President Lecture
“Response based analyses of behavior overlook other important behavioral changes: integrating habituation into ongoing behavior."

  Gene Robinson
University of Illinois, USA

The Franz Huber Lecture
“Understanding the relationship between genes and social behavior: lessons from the honey bee.”

  Dora Angelaki
Baylor College of Medecine, USA

The Walter Heiligenberg Lecture
“Merging of our senses: Building blocks and canonical computations”

  Anupama Dahanukar
UC Riverside, USA

“The hungry fly: Taste receptors, circuits and the control of feeding behavior”

  Daniel Tomsic
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Neurobiology of visually guided prey and predator behaviors in crabs.”

  Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Brain diversity in evolution: what changes, what doesn’t - and what does it matter?”

  Andreas Nieder
University of Tübingen, Germany

“Of hairy and feathered primates - neuroethology of numerical competence in monkeys and crows“

  Richard Benton
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

"Evolution of olfactory circuits."

  Adam Kepecs
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

“Decisions under uncertainty: behavioral and neural mechanisms of confidence judgments”








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Date: March 30
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Radisson Victoria Plaza Ballroom
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  ART EXPOSITION ColectivoNegros
Date: During the congress
Time: 24 hours
Place: Hallways of the venue
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"Stories of mind mysteries"

Date: March 25th - April 25th
Time: 24 hours
Place: Outdoor gallery.
Mercado del Puerto, Montevideo.
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  Student/Post Doc Mixer
Date: April 1st
Place: Complejo Cultural Platea Sur
Bartolomé Mitre 1472
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Five exciting Career Development Sessions mentored by outstanding scientists have been scheduled for April 2-3 at lunchtime. Please, sign-up at your earliest convenience by email to and remember that sessions have a limited capacity. A light free lunch service will be included.

1. Finding the right postdoctoral position

Mentors: Susan Fahrbach, Wake Forest University, USA; Manfred Gahr, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany; Paul Katz, Georgia State University, USA; Justin Marshall, University of Queensland, Australia; Eric Warrant, Lund University, Sweden
April 2, 12 h, Picasso Room
Capacity : 20  participants

2. Writing grant and fellowship applications CLOSED

Mentors: Karen Mesce, University of Minnesota, USA; Cindy Moss, Johns Hopkins University, USA; José Luis Peña, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA; Catharine Rankin, University of British Columbia, Canada; Harold Zakon, University of Texas, USA
April 2, 12 h, Picasso Room
Capacity : 20  participants 

3. How to get tenure/ permanent position CLOSED
Mentors: Andrew Barron, Macquarie University, Australia;  Ari Berkowitz, University of Oklahoma, USA; Elke Buschbeck, University of Cincinnati, USA, Jean-Marc Devaud, University Paul Sabatier, France; Shreesh Mysore, Johns Hopkins University, USA
April 3, 12:30 h, Picasso Room    
Capacity : 12  participants 

 Publishing at early stages : how to pick the right journal and enhance your chances of publication success CLOSED
Mentors: John Hildebrand (PNAS), Patrizia d’Ettorre (Sci Reports, Frontiers), Hans Hofmann (Behavioral Ecology), Catherine Carr (J. Neurophys) ; Charlotte Rutledge (Company of Biologists JEB)   
April 3, 12:30 h, Picasso Room     
Capacity : 12  participants

5. Women in science CLOSED
Mentors: Darcy Kelley, Columbia University, USA;  Alison Mercer, University of Otago , New Zealand;  Aurore Avargues-Weber, University of Toulouse, France; Daphne Soares, University of Maryland, USA; Lidia Szczupak, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 3, 12:30 h, Picasso Room
Capacity : 12  participants 

POC: Gervasio Batista, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA;




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