EFP News

June 1 - 3, 2022 !

European Federation for Primatology - GfP conference

Arnhem, The Netherlands


Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the EFP / GfP meeting initially scheduled for February 2021,
was rescheduled for February 2022 but is now postponed to June 2022
Dear All, 

We tried, but unfortunately, with the current surge of the omicron variant, it has turned out impossible for us to organize the EFP-GfP 2022 in Arnhem in February 2022. 

In close consultation with the EFP, GfP, and all other national primate societies, we have decided to postpone the conference to 1-3 June 2022. We have also carefully considered a completely online event, or to cancel the event altogether, but given your enthusiasm for this conference, and especially the urge to have an in person meeting again, we have decided to opt for the current decision. Fortunately, already 3 of our plenary speakers have ensured us they will be available at these dates and we keep our fingers crossed that the other two plenary will be available too. Similarly, we hope very much that you will be available in June and still enthusiastic about coming to Arnhem. 

However, we obviously also understand that not all of you will be able to attend the meeting in June, and therefore we will allow you to cancel your registration without costs until the end of January. We have put the necessary information for how to do that on our website (see registration tab).  

After finalizing the abstract submissions at the end of January, we will have to evaluate again the number of submitted abstracts. We may open up abstract submission again for a short period to call for additional ones. Again, keep an eye out for the website in February. 

We understand that this is rather inconvenient, especially if you have already booked, but there is unfortunately nothing we can do about it. 

We hope you can understand our decision and also hope to see you all in June. Obviously, in the meanwhile we will keep you updated. 

All the best and happy holidays, 

Jorg and Liesbeth 

  • Organizers

​Elisabeth H.M. STERCK

Animal Ecology Group, Utrecht University

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  • ​Scientific Advisory Board

Thomas Bionda

Apenheul Primate Park, Apeldoorn, NL

​Charlotte K. Hemelrijk

Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, NL

​​Karline R.L. Janmaat 

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, DE

​​Mariska E. Kret

Cognitive Psychology Unit, Leiden University, NL

​Jan A. Langermans

Anim. Sci. Dept., Biomedical Primate Research Centre, Rijswijk, NL

Edwin J.C. van Leeuwen

Behavioral Ecology and Ecophysiology, University of Antwerp, BE



Exciting program below, and check the abstracts here

Jorg Massen* & Liesbeth Sterck (organizers)

*Assistant Professor, Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, Secretary General, Austrian Research Center for Primatology

 Wednesday Feb. 10th, 2021 

 1.Vedrana Šlipogor (Universität Wien)

 Unique, just like everyone else? Integrative approach to the study of personality in

 common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

 2. Alex Mielke (University of Oxford, UK)

Replicability and reproducibility in primate sociality studies 

3. Jaimie Morris (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

Genetic and morphological analyses of historic and contemporary populations of western lowland gorilla: A multidisciplinary approach for the conservation of

a critically endangered primate

Wednesday Feb. 17th, 2021

1.Iván García-Nisa (Durham University, UK)

Investigating the contribution of communication to social learning opportunities in Barbary macaques

 2.Cécile Sarabian (Kyoto University, Japan)

From cognition & behavior to infection: primate responses to parasitic threat

3.Pooja Dongre (Université de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Immigrants trigger novel food acquisition in a wild primate

Wednesday Feb. 24th, 2021 

1.Eva Gazagne (Université de Liège, Belgium) 

From the ground to the sky: Habituation, surveys, and areal monitoring technologies in primatological fieldwork

2.Francesca De Petrillo (Institute for Advanced Study of Toulouse, France)

Ecological variation in primate decision-making

3. Grégoire Boulinguez-Ambroise (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity-Paris)

Infant-holding: The forgotten behavior in primate developmental and evolutionary studies

Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 (previously scheduled for February 3rd, 2021)

 1. Charlotte Canteloup (Université de Lausanne, Switzerland)

 From whom to learn? Social learning biases in wild vervet monkeys 

2. Daria Valente (Università di Torino, Italy)

Similarities and differences in lemur vocal behaviour: a comparative approach

3. Dietmar Crailsheim (Universitat de Girona, Spain)

Assessing the sociability of former pet and entertainment chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) by using a monolayer and a multiplex social network approach


 September 8 - 11, 2019

Last EFP congress was in Oxford, United Kingdom

" Our primate heritage, our primate legacy "


  • Primate Research Group, Univesrity of Oxford
  • Oxford Brokkes University
  • Primate Society of Great Britain

University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University hosted  the EFP-PSGB Conference.

Spread over four days and multiple venues in an iconic city, the conference organized five excellent keynote speakers

and a full programme of talks, posters, workshops, and symposia, as well as a banquet in an Oxford college.





Thanks to 270 participants, 5 outstanding keynote speakers,

numerous oral and poster presentations  the meeting was a scientific and social success !