The 51st Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society will be held in Princeton, New Jersey from Saturday, August 9th to Thursday, August 14th, 2014.

As president of the Animal Behavior Society and host of the 2014 annual meeting at Princeton, I invite you to attend what we expect to be an exciting and novel gathering.  Since our meeting will follow on the heels of the ISBE meeting in New York City, we hope to encourage many behaviorists from around the world to travel from the big city to the bucolic surrounds and ivy-covered halls of Princeton University. To entice them to do so, we will be offering special discounted registration fees for ISBE participants.  We have also worked hard to keep costs low and thus are offering very reasonable registration rates for student and foreign ABS members.

While the Program Committee is putting the finishing touches on the program, we want to alert prospective ABS presenters that along with the traditional keynote and plenary addresses, symposia, the Allee Competition, contributed talks, poster presentations and a host of workshops both before and during the five-day gathering, some new features will be showcased.  One will be short ‘Lightning Talks’.  Each presentation will be only 5 minutes long,  and the 10 allotted slides will be cued up every 30 seconds to keep the presentations moving along so the session stays on time. Another will be ‘Preview Talks’.  In a fifteen-minute period immediately following the morning Keynote and Plenary talks, ‘Founder Poster Presenters’ will have an opportunity to creatively advertise their posters to all meeting participants.  Using two slides, each poster presenter will have one minute to entice participants to their posters that will be displayed later that evening.  As animal behaviorists we expect some very alluring and seductive short preview presentations!

Because there is a short gap between the ABS and ISBE meetings, we are planning a 2-day excursion through the wilds of New Jersey from the coast to the mountains.  As surprising as it may seem, there is much more to New Jersey than the I-95 corridor and the NJ Turnpike!  Natural and historical sites abound,  and we will organize the behavioral safari so that you can enjoy them.  In addition, we are organizing a day full of workshops and activities including the ‘Behavior Fair’ for registration day.  So when making travel plans, try and arrive early to take advantage of these exciting events.  Following the welcome reception the behavior film festival will take place in our own multiplex theaters, which will allow viewers to easily move among offerings.

Although the website is still a work in progress, it already contains important details on the overall shape of the program, the cost of registration, housing and travel options and meal plans, along with many of the pre-meeting and evening activities and suggestions for enjoying Princeton.  Explore!  We hope you like what you see and begin making plans to come to the 51st annual ABS meeting.  We expect it to be one of the best ever,  and with the two new presentation options we hope to provide more speaking opportunities than ever before.  We look forward to seeing you in Princeton next August.

Warm regards,

Daniel Rubenstein
ABS President & Local Host, Princeton University