International Primatological Society
Member Login 05/29/2020
News & Meetings

May 2020

Welcome Red Bol Prim!

The International Primatological Society is delighted to welcome its newest affiliate member, Red Boliviana de Primatología, the Bolivian Primatology Network! 

New IUCN guidelines for extractive industry personnel working in great ape habitats

While they strongly advise all operations to be suspended, where this is impossible they provide detailed guidelines, including instructions for basic mask making. Click here for full details in English and French...


April 2020

Two primatologists among the Whitley Fund for Nature 2020 awardees

Considered the 'Nobel' for conservation, the Whitley Fund for Nature recognises extraordinary achievements in the field of conservation. Every awardee is doing incredible work but the IPS would particularly like to congratulate and thank Rachel Ikemeh for her work with chimpanzees in Nigeria and Gabriela Rezende for her work with black lion tamarins in Brazil.

Undergraduates in Conservation Biology set up petition to Animal Planet following show that portrays primates as pets

Undergraduates in a Conservation Biology class in Brazil have set up a petition to Animal Planet to ask them to stop broadcasting and advertising their show Preposterous Pets, which portrays wild animals - including primate species - as pets. You can sign, share, and read more about it here...


IPS signs Global Wildlife Conservation initiative to #EndTheTrade


The IPS has offered its support for the Global Wildlife Conservation initiative, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Wild Aid, to end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild mammals and birds for consumption. More on their campaign and petition here... 


IPS/SLAPrim Congress 2020 postponed t0 2021

Message from the President:


I hope that this message finds everyone well, despite the pandemic conditions that challenge us all.


I am writing in my capacity as President of IPS, but on behalf of the IPS and SLAPrim officers and the chair of the local organizing committee, regarding our decision to postpone the 2020 IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting by a full year.  The original Joint Meeting was scheduled to be held in Quito, Ecuador on August 16-22, 2020, but we need to reschedule this for a year later, to August 15-21, 2021.  In addition, in consultation and with agreement from the hosts of the upcoming Malaysia Congress, we would then move the IPS Malaysia Congress to be 2 years later, in 2023 (instead of its current schedule of 2022), thereby retaining our 2-year interval between IPS Congresses by shifting them from even to odd years thereafter.  Retaining this 2-year interval is important because of the financial implications for IPS.  We ask you for your understanding and your support of this plan.


Please believe me when I say that we reached this decision after extensive discussion and consideration of all feasible alternatives, taking into account the availability of the venue in Quito, financial costs to IPS, and the feasibility of scheduling related events such as IPS/SLAPrim pre- and post-congress training programs.  As you know, the spread and ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have imposed constraints on travel worldwide and have taxed local health services. Even the most optimistic scenarios are projecting travel constraints that extend beyond the scheduled August 2020 meeting date and in some scenarios, through 2020 or beyond.  By postponing the Joint Meeting by one full year, to August 15-21, 2021, we hope to minimize health risks to joint meeting participants and our hosts alike, while also maximizing joint meeting participation.


Our local organizing committee chair, Stella de la Torre, has been able to confirm the availability of our venue in Quito for these new dates.  Moreover, the three hotels that had offered discounted rates have kindly agreed to roll-over all reservations at the same discounted rates for the next dates.  People holding reservations at these hotels would just need to request that their reservations are kept for August 2021. If you have reserved a room at another hotel, please contact them to explain the situation and ask if they will provide you the same roll-over service.


All registrations that were paid to IPS for the Joint Meeting will remain active and will also roll-over, with no added costs for the rescheduled Joint Meeting in 2021. Accepted abstracts will remain “accepted” as long as the associated registration remains active, and there will be an opportunity in early 2021 for anyone with an active registration to make updates to accepted abstracts if they wish to do so.  We will also open a “second-chance” registration period for anyone who is not currently registered but would like to register and submit a new abstract at the regular rate for the rescheduled Joint Meeting in August 2021.


We really hope that everyone who has already registered will be able to participate on the new, postponed dates. But we understand that may not be possible for everyone, and if you are unable to participate, you may request a refund of your registration by contacting IPS Treasurer Trudy Turner at by May 10. Note that if you request a registration refund, you will need to re-register and re-submit your abstract(s) for re-review by the “second-chance” deadline. So, if you are planning to attend the Joint Meeting, please do leave your registration (and abstract) active.


Leaving your registration active for the Joint Meeting of IPS/SLAPrim now scheduled for August 15-21, 2021, will help IPS to continue to support its grant programs across the research, conservation, captive care, and education activities in which we engage.


We have already been in contact with the IPS Council members, who represent our affiliated national and regional primatology societies. We hope that by making this decision far enough in advance we will minimize any scheduling or re-scheduling conflicts with other upcoming meetings. Moreover, we hope that by alerting everyone to this plan, the IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting can be something to look forward to, instead of another source of stress during these challenging times.


We will be posting reminders about rolling-over your hotel reservations and about the timing for new registration and abstract submissions in the coming weeks. Please check the IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting websites and social media for details.


Please, stay well, and thank you in advance for your understanding and support of IPS. On behalf of all of the IPS and SLAPrim officers, we look forward to seeing everyone in Quito next year.


Yours sincerely, Karen B. Strier       President, IPS


March 2020

IPS joins Brazilian primatologists in statement on coronavirus and primates

IPS has co-signed a statement by Brazilian primatologists about the risks to primates of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigation measures to provide protection for them. The full statement is available here:

Comunicado sobre primatas, COVID-19 E A SARS-CoV-2 Orientaões para profissionais que lidam com primata não-humanos em cativeiro ou vida livre



Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [25th March]

On behalf of the IPS and SLAPrim officers, I would like to assure everyone that we are continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for the upcoming joint IPS/SLAPrim Congress scheduled for Quito in August. We plan to wait until April 20th to determine whether we will need to postpone the meeting to a later date. We realise that this adds one more uncertainty to all of the others we are now facing, but by waiting a bit longer we hope to be able to make a more informed decision about our Congress plans. Please check here or our social media pages for further updates. We will also send an email.


Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [15th March]

As we navigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to call attention to the importance of primatologists to consider the ethics and risks that now raise additional challenges on top of the ones we always face. Extra health considerations are relevant in both field and captive settings, to protect both the primates we are studying and the people with whom we work, especially during these times of increased risk. We will be posting further news and links soon.

Version française ici...   Versão em português aqui...  Versión en español aquí...

links and other resources are available here...


A Joint Statement of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes [Mar 15th]

The purpose of this document is to update great ape site managers, researchers, tourism operators and others of the potential risk posed by a coronavirus now called SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes in humans (COVID-19). The document is available here.. Final - SARS CoV-2 and Great Apes Joint Communique 16-05-20.pdf


*NEW Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus* Mar 12th 2020

Dear IPS members,


On behalf of the officers, I want you to know that we are following all of the new safety measures and travel restrictions that are being instituted in many of our countries, including those in Ecuador. We can expect things to get worse before they get better, but our August meeting is still far enough into the future that we can evaluate the alternatives in the event that we need to postpone the meeting. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and we will continue to post updates. Please, everyone, stay well! Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS announces the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards

We are delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards are, in alphabetical order: Prof. Ramesh (Zimbo) Boonratana; Dr. Liliana Cortes-Ortiz; Dr. Leandro Jerusalinsky, and Prof. Inza Koné.


Extended Funding Opportunitie.. new deadlines 4th April

See the Awards pages for information on further opportunities to apply for the Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award, and the Galante Family Winery Conservation Scholarship...


Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus

I write on behalf of the IPS officers, in response to the concerns about whether the coronavirus will impact the upcoming IPS meeting in Quito. We want everyone to know that we are monitoring the situation, and we will follow national and international (e.g. CDC and World Health Organisation) guidelines. At present, we are moving forward with the scheduled plan. 

Best wishes, Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS Election Results now in!

Thank you for participating in the 2020 IPS Election. The results are as follows:

Jonah Ratsimbazafy (Madagascar) is elected President 2020-20204

Susana Carvalho (UK) is elected Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2020-2024

Steve Ross (USA) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Captive Care 2020-2024

Cat Hobaiter (UK) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Communications 2020-2024

Patricia Izar (Brazil) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Education 2020-2024

As per IPS by-laws the vote count is available here: IPS_2020_VoteCount.jpg


February 2020

IPS Elections

The 2020 elections for IPS officers are now OPEN.   Please login through the member portal (see link in top left corner of this page) for information on the candidates and your ballot to vote. The election will only remain open until February 23 so VOTE  NOW.


Conference notification: Play and the Evolution of Creative Societies

Come to pituresque Erice, Sicily Italy for this new workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to explore how play improves the adaptability of brain and behavior and how it can produce cultural and evolutionary variability. Talks by internationally renowned scientists will explore the many different approaches that have deepened our understanding of this enigmatic behavior. This will include cross-species comparisons, phylogenetic and mathematical modeling, developmental changes and clinical and psychological approaches.  Registration ends February 21 or contact Dr. Gordon Burkhardt for more information:


IPS Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

The IPS Awards Committee is delighted to announce the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Prof. Vernon Reynolds.   

A new award this year is the Outstanding Achievement Award and the inaugural recipient of this award is Dr. Russell Mittermeier

Congratulations to both recipients for their outstanding contributions to the field of primatology! Both will be honoured at the 2020 IPS Congress in Quito.


December 2019

Call for Nominations - Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award - Deadline extended to 15th January.

The deadline for submitting your nominations has been extended from the 10th to the 15th January. More info on how to submit below.


Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world's primates

New article written by primatologists Alejandro Estrada and Paul Garber for Mongabay:


Call for Nominations : Invita sus Nominaciones

The IPS Awards Committee invites your nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the new Outstanding Achievement Award to be presented at the Joint Meeting of the International Primatological Society and the Latin American Society of Primatologists in Quito, Ecuador, 16-22 August 2020.

1)  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a member of IPS for exceptional 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, Dr. Jane Goodall in 2016, and Dr. Clifford Jolly and Dr. Colin Groves (posthumous) in 2018. 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 2020 and invited to attend the 2020 Congress in Quito to receive the award and to give a plenary address.

2)  The Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented for the first time in 2020, at the Quito meeting. It was created in recognition of the growth of primatology and of the increasing numbers of primatologists whose unique contributions have made a significant impact and merit international recognition. It can be awarded for either a body of work, or to recognize a particular outstanding achievement.  Whereas the LAA has historically been given to well-established and internationally recognized primatologists, the OAA is open to nominees who have made outstanding achievements at any stages of their careers.

Any member of the IPS can nominate someone to be considered for these awards.

To make a nomination:

a) Please send a letter, by email to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Karen Strier, that describes the nominee’s accomplishments. The letter must be received by the 10th of January 2020. The email address is: <>.

b) The nominating letter must have at least one co-signer (electronic signatures are acceptable, but please be sure to copy the co-signer or primary co-signers on the submission email).

c) Please specify which one of the awards you are proposing for your nominee.

d) The content of the nominating letter should include an account of the person’s achievements and their impact on primatology, as appropriate for the award (see above). It should be no longer than two single-spaced, U.S. letter-size pages, font-size 12. (Signatures may carry over onto other pages). Some suggestions for the content and format of the nominating letter (based on past submissions) are as follows:

  • Introduction: Provide a summary of the nominee’s main contributions and background, including general education, employment, and primary activities in primatology, as relevant, being sure to specify for which of the two awards you would like your nominee to be considered. 
  • Main narrative text might include any or all of the following, as relevant:
    • Summary (including dates or time periods, when relevant) of the nominee’s major achievements, including but not limited to theoretical, empirical research and conservation contributions in field or captive settings, with citations to key books, articles, reports, programs, or policies written or led by the nominee;
    • Examples of any significant, high impact outreach, including educational contributions, student training, community programs led or organized, contributions to local, regional, national, or international policy;
    • Examples of the nominee’s impact on primatology, including any personal attributes that have contributed to their positive impact;
    • Examples of participation and contributions to IPS and other organizations (e.g., IUCN, regional or national primatological societies, governments, conservation NGOs, etc.).
  • Conclude with a comprehensive final statement about the nominee’s qualifications for the specified award.

This is a wonderful chance for you to honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to primatology and have made positive impacts on our field.

We look forward to your nominations!

Karen Strier, President and Chair of the IPS Awards Committee, on behalf of the Awards Committee


El Comité de Premios de la IPS invita sus nominaciones para el Premio a la Trayectoria (Lifetime Achievement Award) y el Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes (Outstanding Achievement Award) que serán presentados en el congreso conjunto de la Sociedad Internacional de Primatología y al Sociedad Latinoamericana de Primatología, en Quito, Ecuador del 16 al 22 de agosto de 2020.

  1.  El Premio a la Trayectoria (Lifetime Achievement Award) se otorga a un miembro de la IPS por sus contribuciones excepcionales a la investigación, conservación, educación y/o cuidado en cautiverio de primates no humanos, con énfasis en los esfuerzos que han tenido un significado internacional perdurable (en concordancia con la perspectiva internacional de nuestra sociedad). El primer Premio a la Trayectoria le fue otorgado a la Dra. Hilary Box en el Congreso en Torino en 2004, y subsecuentemente al Dr. Tom Struhsaker en 2006, el Dr. Toshisada Nishida en 2008, la Dra. Allison Jolly en 2010, el Dr. John Oates en 2012, la Dra. Jeanne Altmann en 2014, la Dra. Jane Goodall en 2016, y los Drs. Clifford Jolly y Colin Groves (póstumo) en 2018.
  2.  El Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes será presentado por primera vez en la reunión de Quito en 2020. Este premio se creó en reconocimiento al crecimiento de la primatología y al aumento en el número de primatólogos cuyas contribuciones únicas han tenido un impacto significativo y ameritan reconocimiento internacional. Se puede otorgar por un cuerpo de trabajo, o para reconocer un logro sobresaliente en particular. Mientras que el Premio a la Trayectoria históricamente se ha otorgado a primatólogos bien establecidos y reconocidos internacionalmente, el Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes está abierto para la nominación de primatólogos que han tenido logros destacados sin importar la etapa en la que están en su carrera.

Cualquier miembro de IPS puede nominar a alguien para ser considerado para estos premios.

Para hacer una nominación:

a)     Por favor envíe una carta por correo electrónico a la Presidenta del Comité de Premios, Karen Strier, que describa los logros del nominado. La fecha límite para recibir esta carta es el 10 de enero de 2020. La dirección de correo electrónico es

b)    La carta de nominación debe tener al menos un cosignatario (se aceptan firmas electrónicas, pero por favor asegúrese que marca copia al cosignatario o a los principales cosignatarios en el mensaje de envío de la nominación).

c)     Por favor especifique a cuál premio envía su nominación.

d)    El contenido de la carta de nominación debe incluir un recuento de los logros de la persona a la que se nomina y su impacto en la primatología, de acuerdo a lo que sea más apropiado para cada premio (ver arriba). La carta no debe exceder dos páginas tamaño carta (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm), con espacio sencillo y con un tamaño de fuente 12 (por ejemplo, Arial o Times New Roman) (de ser necesario las firmas pueden incluirse en una tercera página). Algunas sugerencias para el contenido de la carta de nominación (con base en nominaciones pasadas) son las siguientes:

  • Introducción. Proporcione un resumen de las principales contribuciones del(a) nominado(a) y sus antecedentes, tales como su educación general, empleo, y principales actividades en la primatología, conforme sea relevante y teniendo especial cuidado de especificar a cuál de los dos premios se quiere nominar a esta persona.
  • La narrativa del texto puede incluir algunos o todos los puntos siguientes, de acuerdo con lo que sea relevante:
    •  Resumen (incluyendo fechas o periodos de tiempo, cuando sea apropiado) de los mayores logros del nominado, incluyendo (pero no limitándose a) su investigación teórica y/o empírica, y las contribuciones a la conservación de primates en estado silvestre o en cautiverio. Incluya las citas de los libros, artículos, informes, programas y políticas clave escritas o dirigidas por el(la) nominado(a).
    • Ejemplos de cualquier alcance significativo y de alto impacto, incluyendo contribuciones educativas, entrenamiento de estudiantes, programas comunitarios dirigidos u organizados, contribuciones a políticas locales, regionales, nacionales o internacionales;
    • Ejemplos del impacto que el(la) nominado(a) ha tenido en la primatología, incluyendo atributos personales que han contribuido a su impacto positivo;
    • Ejemplos de participación y contribuciones a la IPS y otras organizaciones (por ejemplo, IUCN, sociedades primatológicas nacionales o regionales, gobiernos, ONGs de conservación, etc.).
    • Concluya con una declaración final exhaustiva sobre las calificaciones del(a) candidato(a) que sean específicas para el premio.

Este es una oportunidad maravillosa para honorar a los individuos que han dedicado sus carreras a la primatología y han tenido contribuciones positivas en nuestro campo. Esperamos sus nominaciones.

El Comité de premios de la IPS.

Primatology in Paraguay

As part of the program of the 1st Paraguayan Congress of Zoology, members of SLAPrim, the Latin American Primatological Society, gave a short course on primatology to interested students and coordinated a round table about challenges and opportunities to develop primatology in Paraguay. As part of this program a study group named K’ai Primates de Paraguay was formed. K’ai is the indigenous Guarany name for primates. Video messages of support were sent in by prominent primatologists, including IPS President Prof. Karen Strier. Three thesis projects were developed, which will hopefully result in the first theses focused on primatology developed by Paraguayans!

November 2019

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. 

Eligibility criteria

  • 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 Engli

© 1995-2020 The International Primatological Society. All Rights Reserved.     Contact  |   Privacy  |   Terms of Use