New special issue of Phil Trans B on Animal Communication
The Royal Society has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B "What can animal communication teach us about human language?" compiled and edited by Jonathan B Fritz, William J Idsardi and Gerald S Wilkinson - articles can be accessed directly here...
IPS Pre-Congress Training Programme - Applications now open
We are thrilled to announce that the application process for the IPS Pre-Congress Training Programme is now open for application 2020 IPS Pre-Congress Training Program-APPLICATION FORM.docx
The deadline for applications is December 8th, 2019 and applicants will be informed of the results in early January 2020. The PCTP-IPS 2020 will take place at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station from the 10-14th August 2020. All successful applications will then have the opportunity to attend the XXVIII Congress of the International Primatological Society which will be held in Quito, Ecuador between 16th-22nd of August 2020.
- Must be citizens of primate habitat countries
- Must be actively work on (or studying) primate species in their country
- Must be relatively 'new' in their careers (although no age limit is imposed)
- Cannot have attended a previous IPS PCTP
- Must have a good enough level of English to follow training programme, which will be delivered in English
IPS call for Officer Nominations
The IPS Elections Committee is soliciting nominations of candidates for the following IPS offices:
1. President of IPS (Note this is a single 4yr term)
2. Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is a new VP position.
3. Three Vice President positions are approaching the end of their first 4yr term. VP for Communication (currently Cat Hobaiter; VP for Education, currently Patricia Izar; VP for Captive Care, currently Steve Ross). Each of these VPs has indicated an interest in running for a 2nd (and final) 4yr terms. Nominations can be made for candidates to run for any of these positions, but if incumbents run uncontested they will appear on the ballot with the option to approve or not, as per IPS By-laws.
Factors that have gone into candidate rankings in the past include: IPS membership status, activity/participation in IPS, overall professional profile and qualifications.
Nominators can help the Elections Committee if they can provide some information about their nominees, a CV or website link for your nominees would be of great help. Please feel free to self-nominate.
Please send nominations to IPS President (and Elections Committee chair) Karen Strier kbstrier @ wisc.edu
and IPS VP for Research (and Elections committee vice-chair) Marina Cords mc51 @ columbia.edu
IPS supports IUCN call for urgent action on the uncontrolled fires in the Amazon
The International Primatological Society fully supports the recent IUCN call for urgent action to stop the uncontrolled fires in the Amazon, and recognises the significant threat that they represent to wild primate species and their habitat in Amazonia. Read the full IUCN statement here...
Childcare survey for IPS 2020 in Quito
The organisers of the 18th IPS Congress are exploring childcare options for attendees in Quito. If you are planning to attend please fill out this short <60 second survey...
IPS changes to the Bylaws - voting results in
Many thanks to all of you who voted on the recent proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the association, all three proposed amendments were passed with an overwhelming majority!
- New VP for Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Yes: 92; No: 5; Abstain: 2
- Addition of an Outstanding Achievement Award - Yes: 92; No: 3; Abstain: 4
- Make the immediate Past President of the society a non-voting ex-officio officer - Yes: 95; No: 1; Abstain: 3
Workshop for the development of a Conservation Plan for the White-footed Tamarin
In the framework of the White-footed Tamarin International Conservation Program, a project managed by the Colombian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ACOPAZOA) since 2009, and with the economical support of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), the Barranquilla Zoo organized a Workshop for the development of a Conservation Plan for the White-footed Tamarin. The Workshop was facilitated by Leandro Jerusalinsky, President of the Latin American Primatological Society, and member of the the IUCN Primate Specialist Group and the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group.
During two days (July 10 and 11) 30 professionals from 25 institutions involved in the conservation of Saguinus leucopus met in Medellín, Colombia, at the Santa Fe Zoo. Among the participants were:
The Workshop was a CPSG led meeting in which a general context of the conservation of the species was presented and consequently a plan for its conservation was developed. The main outcome from the meeting was an integrated Action Plan including a vision, objectives and actions, as well as a strategy for its implementation.
- Officials from the Ministry of Environment and all the Environmental Authorities within the natural range of the species,
- researchers and conservationists from science institutes, universities and NGOs, and,
- professionals from all the Zoos that care for the species in Colombia and Zoos that support the conservation of the species from abroad.
New species of marmoset in the Brazilian Amazon
A new species of primate, the Munduruku marmoset, endemic to the Brazilian Amazon, has just been described https://peerj.com/articles/7019/ As Anthony Rylands of Global Wildlife Conservation puts it, that makes: '513 species and 704 species and subspecies to protect'. Work to do!
IPS changes to the Bylaws - VOTE NOW PLEASE
The IPS officers are proposing three changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the association. These changes have been approved by the affiliated societies. The changes include a new VP for Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the addition of an Outstanding Achievement Award; and making the immediate Past President of the society a non-voting ex-officio officer instead of a non-voting ex-officio member of the council. These questions will be found on the ballot.
On your ballot page there is a link to the documents with the three proposed changes highlighted in Track Changes. (Please note that there is also a fourth suggested change highlighted in the documents relating to planning for scientific meetings - this proposal is for discussion at the 2020 Congress, and so is not on the current ballot.)
You can vote now in the members section of the IPS website. The documents and an explanation for the proposed changes are also available here:
IPS-Proposed revisions (in blue) to IPS Constitution_for Council approval.docx
IPS-Proposed revisions (in blue) to IPS Bylaws_for Council approval.docx
Explanation of Proposed Revisions to the IPS Constitution and Bylaws_for Council approval.docx
New facebook page for 7th Asian Primate Symposium information
Check out the new facebook page for information on the 7th Asian Primate Symposium, to be held in Guwahati, India in February 2020, in conjuntion with the 1st International Conference on Human-Primate Interface: https://www.facebook.com/aps2020india/
Bolivian Network of Primatology
The new Bolivian Network of Primatology held their first general assembly on the 27th of June! Almost one year after its creation, the Red Boliviana de Primatología - RedBolPrim (Bolivian Network of Primatology) conducted its first general assembly on June 27th. In this meeting, several goals were reached, including their affiliation to SLAPrim progress on their group identity. Priority tasks for RedBolPrim were also agreed; these included the development of a statute, outreach through social networks, elaboration of a national strategy for primate conservation in Bolivia, and others oriented to promote the development of Primatology in Bolivia by working on research and conservation of indigenous primate species. To face this challenge, the first four-member board of directors was elected, who will be working hard for the next three years. Huge congratulations to RedBolPrim!!
IPS Officers approve support for Captive Primate Safety Act
The elected officers of IPS unanimously approved support for proposed legislation in the United States aimed at curbing the trade in pet primates in that country. The Captive Primate Safety Act (HR 1776) was recently proposed to Congress and would prohibit any interstate or foreign commerce involving nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade, including sale, transportation, and acquisition. Importantly, it is crafted to specifically target the commerce in privately-owned primates, and would not impact critical research, welfare, and conservation initiatives of zoos, universities, labs, or sanctuaries.
New (free!) online course by PEN: Designing Education Programs for Conservation Success
Primate Education Network have a new online course running May 21st to June 11th at 10am PST. Find out more and register here....
Asociación Peruana de Primatología (the Peruvian Primatological Association) 2nd Congress 14-17th August
The Peruvian Primatological Association is organising its 2nd Congress with an exciting program in Lima, on August 14-17th 2019. More information available here...
Creation of new protected area in Bolivia: Área Protegida Municipal Rhukanrhuka
Rhukanrhuka is the new municipal protected area whose name means 'titi monkey' in the indigenous Maropa language. This area is found in the Reyes Municipality in the Beni Department of Bolivia, and holds an important portion of the distributional range of the two Bolivian endemic titi monkeys: Plecturocebus olallae and P. modestus. The fact that the name was chosen by local inhabitants reflects the result of around 15 years of conservation research and outreach activities carried out by the Wildlife Conservation Society, oriented to promote the conservation of both species and their habitat, which includes other iconic and threatened fauna such as the wattled curassow, Bolivian river dolphin, jaguar, maned wolf, black caiman, anaconda, and marsh deer. This achievement is testament to the natural patrimony appropriation by local people and heralds well for the conservation of the endemic titi moneys, especially P. olallae which was recently proposed as one of the top 25 most threatened primate species in the world. We wish lots of success to this new protected area where two endemic primate species are serving as ambassadors for biodiversity conservation.
More info here...
XVIII Brazilian Congress of Primatology, Nov 6-10th 2019
The XVIII Brazilian Congress of Primatology will be held next November, from the 6th to the 10th, in beautiful Teresopolis. It will also be a joint celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Brazilian Society of Primatology and the Rio de Janeiro Primatological Center. Find out more on their website here..
New data sharing site for primatology.
AJP, IJP, Folia Primatologica and Primates are creating a site for data sharing in primatology. As a first step, they'd like to request data templates from those who have shared data in the past. The goal is to make these templates freely available to aid researchers preparing to share their data. If you have such a template and are willing to share it, please contact Karen Bales on klbales @ ucdavis.edu
IPS a member of the new Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM
The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM aims to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture in STEMM fields. IPS is one of 53 inaugural members, more information here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/aaft-lse021119.php
Arcus Foundation new webinar on 'Managing the Promise and Risk of Infrastructure Development' available online
Arcus Foundation have a new webinar in their 'State of the Apes' series exploring how to balance keeping threatened wildlife safe and meeting the needs of a growing human population. More information available here arcus.link/stateoftheapeswebinar
Passing of pioneering primatologist Dr Akisato Nishimura
We were incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Dr Akisato Nishimura, Dr Russ Mittermeier has allowed us to share the following message:
"Dr Akisato Nishimura was a great pioneer of primate conservation, especially in the Neotropics. He was the first modern primatologist to call attention to the muriqui, the largest South American monkey and one of the most endangered. Thanks to his early work in the 1970s, many other followed his lead, myself included. The work that he started has now become one of the greatest and indeed the longest-running research and conservation project on any Neotropical primate, thanks to the work of Dr Karen Strier. His work on Amazonian primates, especially on woolly monkeys in Colombia, was also ground-breaking and often carried out under difficult and dangerous conditions. I met with him on many occasions, and I am proud to have called him a friend. He was always a modest and humble man, but a man of great accomplishments as well. I will miss him... The entire primatological world will miss him."
Stop press! New IPS Bulletin now online!
The Winter edition of the IPS Bulletin #44(1) is now up and available through the members area of the website!
New IPS2020 Quito website launched!
Go check out the wonderful new website for our 2020 IPS congress in Quito - https://ipsquito.com
It's packed with amazing info - if you're interested in pre- post- congress tours, especially to the Galapagos, then remember to book early!
Got 10min help make fieldwork less dangerous for scientists around the world?
Not everything should be scary on halloween! Please fill in this survey by The Peregrine Fund and Boise State University researchers who are looking at safety and productivity for field ecologists and field researchers.
Available in English, Español and Português - please only complete the survey once.
News from the International Journal of Primatology
Following the Editorial Board meeting at IPS2018, and negotiations with the publisher, we are delighted to announce that the International Journal of Primatology will now
- encourage authors to provide a translation of their abstract in the language(s) most relevant to their study
- publish the abstracts from IPS conferences as an online-only supplement issue
- publish data papers, in addition to the range of article type already available (original research articles, review articles, book reviews, and news & views pieces including short communications or commentaries)
If you publish in the International Journal of Primatology, the publisher provides you with a Sharedit link to the paper. You can share this link with anyone, including via social media, institutional repositories and on your own websites, allowing them to read the full text of the article.
If you don't have access to the International Journal of Primatology but would like to read an article, please contact the corresponding author to request a copy.
The IPS writes to the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team about their use of primate 'entertainers'
The officers of the IPS Council have written an open letter to the President and CEO of the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team to express their unanimous and strong opposition to their affiliation with the 'Team Ghostriders' act, which features capuchin monkeys riding on the backs of dogs. The use of primates as 'performers' has devastating consequences for individual primates' welfare and a negative impact on the conservation of primates as a whole, neither of which can be justified in the name of 'entertainment'.
Please consider contacting the Wilmington Blue Rocks (feel free to use the contact details and/or wording from our letter here: Letter IPS to WBR 2018.pdf) and please share, like, post, and get the word out!
Check out our IPS grant winners this year
The details of all our recent grantees can be found on our Awards and Grantees page, now updated with the 2018 grant and award winners.
Karibu IPS Nairobi!
IPS Nairobi is now underway! The 2-16-2018 Officers' Reports and the IJP Editor Report from the IPS Council, which were circulated for the Pre-Congress meeting on the 18th August are now available as a pdf on our Congresses page here.
Do you, or an organisation you know, need hard copies of primate and animal behaviour journals?
One of our members (based in the USA) has near complete sets of IJP, AJP, Animal Behaviour, and JCP (1964 on), and is happy to donate them! If you're interested then please contact the VP for Coms Cat Hobaiter on clh42 @ st-andrews.ac.uk (remove spaces in email address), or drop us a message via our social media.
African Primatological Society now an official affiliated society of the IPS
We are delighted to welcome the African Primatological Society as an official affiliated society of the IPS! Find out more about the APS and their work here
Nous sommes ravis d'accueillir la Société Africaine de Primatologie en tant que société affiliée officiellement à l'IPS! En savoir plus sur l'APS et leur travail ici
Have you worked with primates in the wild? Got half-an-hour to help some important new research on habituation?
Victoria Green, a Master's student at Central Washington University is conducting a survey regarding the habituation of wild nonhuman primates to researchers for her thesis research. If you have experience researching any primate, you can participate in this 30-minute survey. More information is available by clicking here.
IPS Officers' Statement on Sexual Harassment
The IPS Officers have had recent cause to review our Bylaws regarding termination of IPS membership. According to Article 2, Section 3c of the IPS Bylaws, IPS membership may be terminated by the Officers upon "determination that a member indulged in actions contrary to the purposes of the Society or liable to inflict damage on its reputation."
The IPS Officers are unanimous in considering sexual harassment to fall under the criteria for membership termination.
We will be holding an ad hoc roundtable discussion at the IPS meeting in Nairobi to develop a Professional Conduct policy for IPS. Please watch out for announcements on Facebook and Twitter for time and location.
Do you study primate behaviour? Got 5min to help out a new study? ??????
Dr Paula Niedenthal is investigating the relationship between primate social structure and eye contact, and needs your input. Share your insight in a short survey from UW-Madison.
Full details -
"Dr. Paula Niedenthal, PI of the Niedenthal Emotions Lab at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Psychology, is conducting a very brief survey of scientists who study primate behaviour. The purpose of the survey is to collect expert observations about the relationship between social structure and eye contact in primates as background for the development of an evolutionary model of social tolerance. The study therefore requires observations about a wide variety of primate species.
The survey, which typically takes no more than 5 minutes, solicits identifying information which will be used only in the event that follow-up information is sought. All identifying information will be separated from the responses in data analysis, reporting, and visualization. The research has been approved by the UW-Madison IRB (ID code: 2018-0736)."
Please click here to reach the survey.
Dr Russ Mittermeier wins the Indianapolis prize for conservation!
The Indianapolis prize - the world's leading award for animal conservation - has been awarded to Dr Russ Mittermeier, the chief conservation officer for Global Wildlife Conservation for his incredible work in primate conservation. Read more here..
New study on the importance of Brazil, the DRC, Indonesia and Madagascar for primate conservation
Together these four countries harbour 65% of the world primate populations. This article, coauthored by an international team of scientists calls for urgent action to protect the world's rapidly vanishing primate populations - published open access in PeerJ here.. and with a video abstract here..
New compendium of Latin American primatology published open access
A new book with two volumes (Argentina to Colombia, and Costa Rica to Venezuela) on primatology in Latin America has been published open access. There are 50 chapters by over 150 authors, with contributions in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, edited by Bernardo Urbani. The two volumes can now be downloaded here for free (PrimLatam 2 - T. I -Arg-Col.pdf; PrimLatam 2- T. II -C.R-Vzla.pdf).
Croeni Foundation launches Primate Innovation Award together with the IPS
The Croeni Foundation has launched a new Primate Innovation Award in collaboration with the IPS. It aims to facilitate dialogue, ideas exchange, and expertise sharing between primate-focused NGOs and charities. The deadline for submissions is the 30th June and the winners will be announced at the Nairobi IPS Congress in August. More information on the award and how to apply is available here...
IUCN Primate Specialist Group Madagascar writes to Ministry about lemur poaching in Madagascar's National Parks
Professor Jonah Ratsimbazafy, VP of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Madagascar and President of the Group d'Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar (GERP) has written to the Minister for the Environment, Ecology, and Forests in Madagascar to urge urgent action regarding the poaching of lemurs in Madagascar's National Parks. In a recent event, widely shared on social media, 9 babakoto (Indri indri) and 1 simpona (Propithecus diadema) were shot in the Antavolobe forest.
A copy of the open letter (in English, French, and Malagasy) together with photographs of the incident is available here.. Letter to Ministry_Prof_Ratsimbazafy.pdf
UPDATE: Netflix Howler Monkey episode of 72 Dangerous Animals - Latin America
Fantastic news! Following a significant outcry across the primate and conservation community Netflix has changed the content of their Howler monkey episode on 72 Dangerous Animals to focus on their incredible loud calls, and has removed the misleading content that wrongly suggested that they transmit yellow fever to humans. Thank you to everyone who wrote, signed, and posted to help make this happen!
IPS announces award winners for 2018!
The IPS is delighted to announce its award winnders for 2018.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, for notably broad and eminent contributions to primatology: Cliff Jolly
A Special Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award, for notably broad and eminent contributions to primatology: Colin Groves.
A Special Presidential Award, for contributions to the Development, Promotion, and Advancement of Latin American Primatology: Milton Thiago de Mello
IPS sends open letter to Netflix about streaming of 72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America
IPS has written to Netflix to request that they stop streaming episode 7, which incorrectly portrays howler monkeys as 'transmitting' yellow fever to humans. Only mosquitos transmit this virus. Myths like these have led to the killings of this endangered species by people afraid of contracting the disease in Brazil, and continuing to broadcast them undermines the actions of Brazilian campaigns that highlight the value of howler monkeys and other primates as human allies against the disease. You can read the full letter here IPS letter to Netflix.pdf Please join us in contacting Netflix and spreading the word.
IPS elections! Have your say!
Members can now vote for candidates on four IPS Officer positions: Secretary General, Treasurer and VP for Membership, VP for Conservation, VP for Research. Candidate information and voting links can be found by clicking on the voting link on your member's page.
Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits Sharing.
The aim of the Nagoya Protocol is to ensure that the benefits associated with genetic resources, and also with traditional knowledge of biodiversity, are shared fairly and equitably. Do you know what the Nagoya Protocol is and how it impacts our work on primate-based research, conservation, and education? If you're not sure take a look at this short guide! Nagoya Protocol_2017.pdf
New York Times. Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade.
Ape trafficing 'detective' Daniel Stiles contributes to this powerful piece on the illicit global trade in great apes. Read more here
Awards time: IPS Awards Committee invites nominations for Lifetime Achievement Award
The IPS Awards Committee invites your nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018. This award is given to a member of IPS for outstanding career contributions to research, conservation, education, and/or captive care and breeding of nonhuman primates, with attention to efforts with enduring international scope (in keeping with the international scope of our society).
The first Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Hilary Box at the Torino Congress in 2004, and subsequent awards have been made to Dr. Tom Struhsaker in 2006, Dr. Toshisada Nishida in 2008, Dr. Allison Jolly in 2010, Dr. John Oates in 2012, Dr. Jeanne Altmann in 2014, and Dr. Jane Goodall in 2016. Current members of the IPS Council are not eligible for consideration for this award during their term in office. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee, chaired by IPS President Karen Strier, and ratified by the IPS Officers. The recipient will be notified by February, 2018, and invited to attend the 2018 Congress in Nairobi to receive the award and to give a plenary address.
Any member of the IPS can nominate someone for this award and we encourage you to do so. To make a nomination, please:
1) Send a letter, by email, documenting the person's career accomplishments to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Karen Strier, by the 15th Dec, 2017. The email address is email@example.com
2) Ask a second person (who does not need to be a member of IPS) to do the same.
This is a wonderful chance for you to honor someone who has dedicated his or her career to primatology. We look forward to your nominations.
The IPS Awards Committee
9th European Conference on Behavioual Biology (ECBB)
The 9th European Conference on Behavioual Biology takes place from the 9th-12th August 2018 in Liverpool, UK. For more information about plenary speakers and the call for symposia (now open) go to https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/ecbb. For enquires email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at https://twitter.com/ecbb2018 The deadline for symposia submissions is the 5th January 2018.