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Welcome to ISAE 2016

Welcome to ISAE Edinburgh 2016 for our 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

We are delighted to be the host city for the ISAE annual conference in 2016. This is the first time since 1991 (the 25th Anniversary) that the ISAE has met in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, and it is another exciting year because 2016 will mark the 50th Anniversary since the founding of the organization right here, in Edinburgh, in 1966.

1966 Society of Veterinary Ethology founded in Edinburgh, UK, with 37 members, restricted to veterinarians. Andrew Fraser was the first President.
1970 David Wood-Gush became an Associate Member. Membership was extended to non-veterinarians.
1972 First conference outside the UK, in Dublin, Ireland
1988 Different countries were allocated to Regions, with Regional Secretaries
1991 The name of the society was changed to the International Society for Applied Ethology
1992 First congress outside Europe, in Pittsburgh, USA
2004 Congresses alternated between Europe and the rest of the world
2015 Current membership is about 600
2016 50th Anniversary Congress in Edinburgh, UK

The enduring aim of the ISAE is to encourage and support basic and applied research into the behaviour of animals as related to their use by humans. Ever since a small group of veterinarians first met in Edinburgh to form the Society of Veterinary Ethology (SVE), inspirational ethologists and veterinarians have helped shape the field of Applied Ethology. Scientists such as Niko Tinbergen, Karl Von Frisch and Konrad Lorenz, joint awardees of the 1973 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine, have played an important part in helping to develop our subject. It is therefore fitting that the 2016 ISAE conference will bring together applied ethologists from all over the world to share new discoveries and to discuss ways forward, under the general conference theme of ‘ Past and Future: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 1’.

For 2016, we are returning to our roots to allow us to review and reflect upon where we have come from with applied ethology, and to look forward to consider the road ahead. The various themed sessions will provide opportunities for abstracts to be submitted in a variety of areas to enable us to celebrate the full range of work within the field of Applied Ethology, and we look forward to celebrating our diversity and impact throughout the various activities we have planned during the conference.

We hope you will join us in Edinburgh for what will definitely be an ISAE conference to remember!

Regards from the ISAE Edinburgh 2016 Local Organising Committee

1 If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants (Isaac Newton 1676)

 

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