Animal social networks in behavioural research

27-28 April 2015


Social network analysis is a powerful new approach that offers researchers an informative and solid framework to explore the evolution of social processes and complexity, which includes social transmission of information and cultural behaviours, as well as parasitic transmission and the spread of contagious diseases.

The aim of this workshop is to bring local research and doctoral students to the forefront of behavioural and parasitological research by learning about social networks theory, the contribution social network analysis makes to an advanced understanding of biology across a range of taxa, and moreover, to provide practical training in implementing the analysis techniques.




Top specialists from an array of inter-discipliniary domains will discuss recent advances in the field, the critical messages emerging from social network analysis in behavioural and parasitiological research and provide practical training for the implication of social network analysis techniques.

Special focus will be made to the application of social network analysis for behavioural research, disease transmission and parasitology.

There will be two afternoon practical training workshops, followed by a general discussion.

Pre-course assignment: publications to read before the course.

Program (updated 22.4.2015)

General information

Dates :  27 - 28 April 2015

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Location : University of Neuchâtel
Monday Faculté des sciences ,building G, GPA (petit auditoire)
Tuesday morning: Faculté de droit   (building number 14 on the map at the bottom of the page), room B32
Tuesday afternoon: Faculté des sciences , Aula UniMail, AUM

ECTS : 1.0 ECTS (Scientific activities)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation in the speaker presentations; discussion sessions after each speaker to be chaired by doctoral student. Attendance and participation in two practical training workshops provided to learn the applied techniques. Reading of publications

Information : Please contact Dr Zanna Clay or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses : see reimbursement conditions.

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE  (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students. Post-docs, master students and advanced researchers are welcome
  • Maximum number of participants: 50

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20).

Deadline: 10 April 2015