Policy

7th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition Policies

Each year, the European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition (ESCBC) brings together early-career 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 2021 ESCBC policy and procedures regarding:

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

1. Delegate Attendance

Attendance at the 2021 ESCBC is open to all MSc and PhD 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 2021 ESCBC committee members. 

2. Registration fee

There is no registration fee to attend the 2021 ESCBC. Applicants are required enrol at the conference through the form available at registration page. Email of acceptance will be send by the 2021 ESCBC committee members within 2 months after submissions’ deadline.

Due to the naure of the event the maximum number of participants is limited to 100 persons. In case the applications exceed this number, the 2021 ESCBC committee reserves the right to show preference towards those, who have chosen to present talks at the conference.

3. Student talk selection

The student talk selection process for the 2021 ESCBC begins at the close of registration and abstract submission. The committee members use the following criteria to guide their decision-making process:

  1. Appropriateness for the conference and scientific quality are the primary selection criteria.
  2. Speaker diversity (provided we receive a greater number of applicants than speaker slots): the committee members place particular importance on promoting diversity in academia. As such, speaker selection is carried out with consideration of diversity criteria (e.g., gender, university affiliation, field of interest etc.) provided by applicants.
  3. Proposed talks should NOT be a repetition of material previously presented at preceding ESCs
  4. Participants can apply to share their findings by several medium: talk/Pecha Kucha talk/Elevator speech (for a detailed description see: presentation types). Due to time constraints and to fit the most possible presenters into the schedule, the organisers may ask participants to present in a different format they originally intended, following their preferences indicated in the registration form.

4. Keynote speaker selection

All keynote speakers for the 2021 ESCBC 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 and scientific quality are the primary selection criteria.
  2. To encourage productive discussions and to provide to participants the possibility to actively confront and discuss with keynote speakers, preference was given to young-career but established researchers.
  3. Keynote speaker diversity: the committee members place particular importance on promoting diversity in academia. As such, speaker selection is carried out with consideration of diversity criteria (e.g., gender, university affiliation, field of interest etc.) provided by applicants.
  4. With a view to offering a perspective of 2021 ESCBC committee members, keynote speaker whose research work is focused on the same field of interest of committee members are given priority.

This policy was adapted from the 2019 conference in Padua, 2018 conference in Vienna2017 conference in České Budějovice and 2016 conference in St. Andrews