PSGB Spring Meeting 2017 - Meetings

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 - Wed, 12 Apr 2017

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Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford

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For the first time in over 20 years PSGB is coming to Manchester. Day One is hosted at MMU in the centre of the city and Day Two will be in nearby Salford. Expect a stellar programme comprising papers from invited speakers; traditional talks, pechu kucha talks and poster presentations by both established and early-career researchers; networking time; a wine reception; and an evening event featuring Greek food and dancing.  We are also planning a free student workshop on science communication and public engagement (see below). Our invited speakers will speak on the theme of what primatologists can learn from non-primatological studies.

Conference registration is now closed

We are delighted to announce the following

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Luke Rendell - "What primatologists can learn from cetacean cultures"

Dr Lucy Bates - "What primatologists can learn from studying elephant minds"

Dr Susanne Shultz - "What primatologists can learn from equid social networks"

Dr Peter Pongracz - "What primatologists can learn from studying the socio-cognitive abilities of dogs"

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Conference sponsors: Porsche Centre Wilmslow, the University of Salford, and Cambridge University Press


Conference schedule

Access the full conference schedule here


Pre-Conference Student Workshop (Free)

The workshop takes place from 10-12 on Tuesday 11th April at MMU. Booking is essential. Places are limited to 25 participants. Tickets to book a place are free but you need to be registered for the conference.

Theme: Science Communication and Public Engagement - led by Dr Lewis Dean

Communicating your science and engaging with public audiences is becoming increasingly important for researchers. Public engagement is an important route to impact for research grants and REF, it develops important skills for your career and, above all, is good fun. However, it’s not without its challenges. How do you get started? How do you improve what you’re already doing? How do you make it truly impactful? This workshop will address these questions. Come prepared to share your own experiences and ideas.

Workshop registration is open to already-registered delegates. Book your free place here. 


Evening Event

Bouzouki by Night, Greek Restaurant/Club, 88 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NG

Greek Party Night exclusive to PSGB: meze banquet with live music and dancing until 2 am.

£12.50 (students £10). Booking essential. Book your ticket when registering.


Call for papers 

We invite submission of abstracts for the PSGB spring conference, for both oral and poster presentations. Invited speakers will speak on the theme of “What primatologists can learn from…” but proffered presentations can encompass any area of primatological research of interest to PSGB members.

The conference offers the following mix of presentation types:

  1. invited speaker talks
  2. proffered speaker talks
  3. dynamic pecha kucha speaker talks*
  4. poster contributor with 60 s introduction ‘lightening’ talks

*Pecha kucha talks last 6 mins 40 s. They consist of 20 slides that automatically forward (each after 20s). We can provide you the already set up PowerPoint template. This is the first time Pecha kucha talks will feature at a PSGB meeting. We encourage prospective speakers to select and embrace the dynamism of Pecha kucha as we expect these talks to be a highlight of the meeting.

It is anticipated that full oral presentations from proffered speakers will typically be 15-20 mins long, including time for questions.

All abstracts will undergo review. The reviewers’ decision on the inclusion of presentations in the programme will be final. We anticipate that authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission by mid-March.

Abstract Guidelines

These guidelines are provided for general information, but are not intended to be prescriptive. Since abstracts will be published in Primate Eye and may be cited, they should summarise your work so that your study can be understood without additional information. Abstracts may also be displayed on the PSGB’s website.

Deadline for abstract submission: Now closed


Travel and Accommodation

Travel to and within Manchester

MMU is in Chester Street (M1 5GD), in the centre of Manchester. It is only 5 mins walk from Oxford Road train stain and 10-15 mins walk from Piccadilly Station. Directions can be found here

Travel to reach Salford on Day Two is easy. Manchester Oxford Road train station is close to MMU and the event venue.  Travel to Salford Crescent from Manchester Oxford Road is just two stops and takes only 7 minutes (return fare £2.80). The walk from Salford Crescent to the Day Two venue is 2-5 minutes.

Travel Timings

To help you if looking to book your travel, these are our anticipated timings:

Day One

10-12 Pre-conference student workshop

12 noon Registration

12.50 Conference commences

5.45-6.45 Wine reception/Poster session

7 till late Evening event (included in 'Registration Plus Event' ticket price)

Day Two

9.10 Conference continues

4.40 President's address followed by close of meeting


We recommend booking accommodation in the Oxford Road area. There is a huge number of hotels, for a range of budgets. At the cheaper end, Manchester Youth Hostel is nearby and has beds from £19 per night.

There are many nearby options. These include Ibis and Jury's Inn. Salford Crescent station is on the line with Oxford Road and Deansgate stations. Thus you may wish to select a hotel in proximity to one of those for ease of access to Salford the following morning.