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ISAZ 2013: Evidence-based Approaches to the Study of Human-Animal Interactions
Event Starts:
Wednesday July 17, 2013
@ 6:00pm

Event Ends:
Friday July 19, 2013
@ 5:00pm


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Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront

511 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

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International Society for Anthrozoology

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Evidence-based Approaches to the
Study of Human-Animal Interactions:
Past, Current, and Future Research Directions

City of Chicago


**NOTICE** Advance registration is now closed. Registration will be available on-site. Please contact conferences@isaz.net for details.

NEW. To download the final program [click here]

NEW. To download a copy of the abstract book [click here]

NEW. For directions on how to get to the hotel and to the Opening reception [click here]

The 22nd Annual ISAZ Conference will focus on evidence-based approaches to the study of human-animal interactions. Furthering knowledge, understanding, and practice in this area is critical to enhancing the scientific credibility of the field and defining its future progress. The conference will bring together top researchers, professionals, and industry leaders. Our interdisciplinary program, which consists of both oral and poster presentations, will be of interest to scientists, scholars, and professionals working in the field of anthrozoology and related disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and veterinary and human medicine.

Conference organizers:
Kristen C. Jacobson, PhD, University of Chicago (local host)
James A. Serpell, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Beth Daly, PhD, University of Windsor

(check back for updates later this Spring)

Dr. Steve Zawistowski, Science Advisor, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Dr. Zawistowski is an adjunct Professor at the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine and a certified applied animal behaviorist, chairing the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification. Since 1988, Dr. Zawistowski has also been involved in many aspects involving animal welfare involving pets, zoo and laboratory animals at the ASPCA. Dr. Zawistowski is a well known speaker and guest on television and radio on education, animal behavior and animal welfare issues. He has hosted the ASPCA Pet Check segments on PBS, and authored, edited and consulted on over 20 books on animals and pet care, including Animal Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff (2004).

Dr. Louise Hawkley, Research Scientist, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago: Dr. Hawkley’s early research was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and explored the psychological and physiological correlates of loneliness in young adults. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging in several longitudinal multi-disciplinary studies of the sociological, psychological, religious, genetic, and physiological aspects of social isolation and loneliness in young to middle- and older-age adults.

Instructions for presenters [click here].

On behalf of ISAZ and Mars/WALTHAM, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Competition for Best Student Oral and Poster Presentations. Please [click here] for details.

We are having an opening reception 6:30-8pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Gleacher Center (450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL). This event is free for all conference registrants. Tickets for additional guests may be purchased for $25 each. Beer/wine and light appetizers will be served.


Principal Sponsors  
Mars Petcare Logo   WALTHAM Logo
Key Sponsors  
Nestle Purina Logo    IFAW Logo
Supporting Founder
ASPCA Logo    
Platinum Sponsor
HSUS Logo    
Silver Sponsor  
Zoetis Logo    


Chicago at Night

Registration costs include admission to the scientific sessions and opening reception, one ticket for the evening banquet on Thursday, July 18, on-site lunch buffet July 18 and 19, and all morning and afternoon breaks. Please note that registrations for one-day tickets do not include tickets to the evening banquet on July 18. Tickets for this event can be purchased separately during the registration process.

Early Bird Registration (January 25, 2013 – April 15, 2013)

ISAZ Member: $250
ISAZ Non-Member: $350
Student Member: $160
Student Non-Member: $185
One-day ticket (Student or ISAZ Member): $125
One-day ticket (Non-Member): $150
Extra banquet ticket: $100

On-Time Registration (April 16, 2013 - June 15, 2013) 

ISAZ Member: $300
ISAZ Non-Member: $400
Student Member: $185
Student Non-Member: $210
One-day ticket (Student or ISAZ Member): $125
One-day ticket (Non-Member): $150
Extra banquet ticket: $100

Late/On-site Registration (after June 15, 2013)

ISAZ Member: $350
ISAZ Non-Member: $450
Student Member: $235
Student Non-Member: $260
One-day ticket (Student or ISAZ Member): $175
One-day ticket (Non-Member): $200
Extra banquet ticket: $150


Embassy Suites Outside

The conference will take place at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront, located at 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois. 

HOTEL ROOMS: We have reserved a block of 90 suites at the conference hotel. The guaranteed hotel rate is $169 single occupancy, with $20 for each additional person. Depending on room type, up to 6 people could share a room. Rooms will be reserved until 17 June 2013. After that, the group rate will be based on availability. Note that the guaranteed group rate is available for rooms booked from July 17 to July 19 (i.e., two nights). It is recommended that you book your hotel early in order to take advantage of the special group rate. 

The group rate is exclusive Embassy Suites Insideof state and hotel occupancy taxes. Included in the group rate is free in-room wireless internet, complimentary breakfast buffet, complimentary manager’s reception from 5-7pm nightly, and free use of all facilities, including an indoor pool & Jacuzzi open until midnight, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour business center. Please see the hotel website for other details on amenities.

The link to the conference hotel reservation site is provided below, as well as a link to the hotel website. Note that the code for the group rate is ZOO.

The conference hotel reservation page can be accessed here: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHIREES-ZOO-20130717/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: ISAZ 2013 Conference
Group Code: ZOO
Hotel Name: Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront 
Hotel Address: 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone Number: 312-836-5900
Website: http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/embassy-suites-chicago-downtown-lakefront-CHIREES/index.html

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: The venue is fully-accessible to people with disabilities, and service dogs are permitted. You will have an opportunity to describe any disability accommodation requirements during the registration process.

PET POLICY: The venue does not allow pets.

REFUND POLICY: Requests for refunds should be sent via e-mail to: conferences@isaz.net. To be eligible for a refund, your request must be received by 15 June 2013. No refunds will be granted for refund requests received after 15 June 2013.

 For more information, please email conferences@isaz.net