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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or tweet at https://twitter.com/ecbb2018 The deadline for symposia submissions is the 5th January 2018.