The scientific programme will comprise sessions of invited speakers integrated with thematic symposia, non-thematic sessions, and poster presentations. A downloadable conference booklet, programme and a list of poster communications is available below.  


The conference will start on Monday, 7 September at 8h00 and end Saturday, 12 September after the optional visit to the MPIO Seewiesen. Registration will start on Sunday, 6 September at 17h00.

Full conference booklet including all abstracts (8 MB file) UPDATED: double page PDF version | single page PDF version

List of poster communications UPDATED: Adobe PDF

Programme - full list UPDATED: Adobe PDF

Programme overview (the table below may also be downloaded as a PDF document):

Time Sunday 6th Monday 7th Tuesday 8th Wednesday 9th Thursday 10th Friday 11th Saturday 12th
08:00-08:30   Registration          
08:30-09:00 Daniel Robert
Sound frequency analysis through cochlea-like mechanism in an insect
Julia Fischer
Referential communication revisited: the case of vervet monkey alarm calls
Vincent Janik
How does vocal learning affect marine mammal communication?
Peter Slater
Studies of the solos, duets and choruses of "Thryothorus" wrens
09:00-09:30 Visit MPIO
09:30-10:00 Manfred Gahr
Welcome / Opening
Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10:00-10:30 Mike Ryan
What you hear ain’t what you get
Symposium 3
Acoustic Communication of Arthropods
Tony Robillard
Symposium 5
Vocal Communication and Cognition
 Auguste von Bayern
Symposium 6
Mechanisms of Vocal Learning
Manfred  Gahr
Symposium 8
Vocalizing Females
Michelle Hall
11:00-11:30 Symposium 1
Control of Vocal Production
 Coen Elemans & Sue Anne Zollinger
12:00-12:30 Lunch Gen. Ass. Meeting Lunch Lunch
12:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Symposium 4
Jerôme Sueur
Excursion Symposium 7
Techniques in Bioacoustics
Andries ter Maat
Symposium 9
Music, Speech and Language
Carel ten Cate
14:30-15:00 Symposium 2
Communication Over Various Spatial Scales
 Fanny Rybak & Thierry Aubin
15:30-16:00 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
16:00-16:30 Open Oral Session 1
Henrik Brumm
Open Oral Session 2
Albertine Leitão
Open Oral Session 3
Michiel Vellema
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-17:30 Registration Poster Session
17:30-18:00 Poster Session
Poster Session
18:00-18:30 Poster Session
19:00-19:30   Bar Ole N. Larsen
Closing Remarks
19:30-20:00 Social Dinner
Award Ceremony


Latest news: WORKSHOP on analysis of animal acoustic signals in R

held by Marcelo Araya-Salas.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 / 15.30 – 17.30 (parallel session)
(max. 20 participants – registration at the conference site)

This workshop is intended for students and researchers interested in analyzing the structure of animal acoustic signals. The workshop will focus on functions from the R package warbleR. This package is designed to streamline bioacoustic analysis, providing users with a workflow that facilitates automated spectrographic visualization and acoustic parameter measurements. The functions in warbleR allow users to download recordings from the Xeno-Canto online repository, create maps of recording locations, automatically (or manually) detect signals, print spectrograms of full recordings or individual signals, and perform acoustic measurements. In addition we will review workflow procedures for quantitative (acoustic parameters) and qualitative analyses (visual classification). Basic familiarity with the R environment is recommended. Participants are expected to bring their computers and install R and Rstudio in advance. R codes and sample sound files for running the analyses will be provided. The workshop will focus on bird vocalizations, but the methods and procedures are also applicable to signals from other taxa.



1. Mike Ryan, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin, USA.
"How cognition biases sexual communication"

2. Daniel Robert, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
"Sound frequency analysis through cochlea-like mechanism in an insect"

3. Julia Fischer, German Primate Center, University of Göttingen, DE.
"Referential communication revisited: the case of vervet monkey alarm calls"

4. Vincent Janik, Scottish Ocean Institute,  St. Andrews, UK.
"How does vocal learning affect marine mammal communication?"

5. Peter Slater, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, UK.
"Studies of the solos, duets and choruses of "Thryothorus" wrens"


1. Control of vocal production: a comparative view of vocal organs and brains
Chair: Coen Elemans / Sue Anne Zollinger

2. Communication over various spatial scales: Sound propagation, perception and production
Chairs: Fanny Rybak / Thierry Aubin

3. Acoustic communication of Arthropods
Chair: Tony Robillard

4. Ecoacoustics: a change of scale in the study of animal sounds
Chair: Jerôme Sueur

5. Vocal communication and cognition (primates/ cetaceans/ ravens/others)
Chairs: Auguste von Bayern

6. Proximate and ultimate mechanisms of vocal learning
Chair: Manfred Gahr            

7. Technical advancements in bioacoustics: From sound analysis to telemetry
Chairs: Andries ter Maat

8. Vocalizing females: Sexual dimorphism revised
Chair: Michelle Hall

9. Music, speech and language:  A comparative view
Chairs: Carel ten Cate