8th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition Policies

Each year, the European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition (ESCBC) brings together early-career B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to take part in, and contribute to, a stimulating academic dialogue relating to current topics of research in Animal Behaviour, Psychology, and Cognition. The following information pertains to the ESCBC 2022 policy and procedures regarding:

  1. Delegate attendance
  2. Registration fee
  3. Student talk selection
  4. Keynote speaker selection

1. Delegate Attendance

Attendance at the ESCBC 2022 is open to all B.SC, M.Sc and Ph.D. students at a European University or Research Institute. Where these criteria do not apply (e.g., undergraduate or postdoctoral applicant), exceptions may be granted by the ESCBC 2022 committee members. In that case please don’t hesitate to contact us.

2. Registration fee

There is no registration fee to attend the ESCBC 2022. Applicants are required to enroll at the conference through the form available on the registration page. An email of acceptance will be sent by the ESCBC 2022 committee members within 3 weeks after the submissions’ deadline. Due to the nature of the event, the maximum number of participants is limited to 100 persons. The ESCBC 2022 committee has decided to reserve 10 seats to undergraduate/bachelor students not submitting any abstracts. Only these 10 seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Student talk selection

The student talk selection process for the ESCBC 2022 begins at the close of registration and abstract submission. The committee members will use the following criteria to guide their decision-making process:

  1. Appropriateness for the conference and scientific quality are the primary selection criteria.
  2. The committee members will pay particular attention to promoting diversity in academia. As such, speaker selection will be carried out with consideration of the diversity criteria (e.g., university affiliation, the field of interest etc.) provided by applicants.
  3. Proposed talks should NOT be a repetition of material previously presented at preceding ESCBCs.
  4. Participants can apply to share their findings by giving a talk or presenting a poster (for a detailed description see: presentation types). Due to time constraints and in order to fit the most possible presenters into the schedule, the ESCBC 2022 committee members may ask participants to present in a different format than they originally intended.
  5. Participants that applied for a short-talk presentation and have not been selected will still have the opportunity to be selected for a poster presentation (no need to re-submit an abstract).

In case abstracts exceed the number, the first 10 students excluded will have the opportunity to attend anyway.

4. Keynote speaker selection

All keynote speakers for the ESCBC 2022 are selected by the committee members from a list of potential speakers compiled by the committee members. This selection process adheres to the following criteria:

  1. Appropriateness for the conference.
  2. To encourage a friendly environment, productive discussions and the possibility for participants to actively confront and discuss with keynote speakers, preference was given to young-career but established researchers.
  3. Keynote speaker diversity: the committee members gave particular importance on promoting diversity in academia. As such, speaker selection is carried out with consideration of the diversity criteria (e.g., university affiliation, the field of interest etc.).

This policy was adapted from the previous editions of the ESCBC.