ABMA Annual Conference

The 2019 ABMA conference will be April 7-12 in Portland, OR  

"A better future for wildlife through excellence in behavior management"

The Benson Hotel is offering a conference rate of $189.

The Oregon Zoo is hosting.

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Learn more about Portland.

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BMF Scholarship

Did you know that ABMA’s Behavior Management Fund (BMF) committee has a travel scholarship available for one lucky member at each of our annual conferences? Abstract deadline for the BMF Travel Scholarship has passed. Please submit the complete BMF Travel Scholarship application package to be considered.   
This scholarship is to assist an ABMA member whose institution is unable to give them financial support. The Travel Scholarship will help the award recipient by giving them the ability to present their work and it will help the organization by giving ABMA members the opportunity to hear presentations that the membership otherwise would not have the opportunity to hear and as such, the Travel Scholarship supports the ABMA Core Value of “Sharing the Knowledge.”

The abstract submission deadline for the 2019 annual conference in Portland will be announced in October 2018.

The scholarship will provide:
• Transportation: Up to $500.00 reimbursed at Conference with receipt of purchased ticket or based on government per diem if driving, verification of mileage is required.
• Hotel room for the entire conference.
• Conference registration fee (including site visits, the banquet, and any meals included with registration).
*Airport to hotel transportation and meals on your own will not be provided.
Applicant Requirements
• Applicant must be an ABMA member in good standing. ABMA membership must be valid through the dates of the conference for the given Travel Scholarship Award year.
• Applicant may not have received this scholarship in the previous year.
• Applicant must submit the complete application form including required signature and abstract by the deadline and if selected, be able to present at the conference. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure application materials are complete; applicants will not be notified if the application materials are incomplete.

Application Process:
There are 3 required components of the BMF Travel Scholarship application:
1. BMF Application
2. Abstract Submission Form. The complete abstract submission form (both pages) must be included with the application for consideration.
3. Travel Scholarship winner must officially accept the award within one week of email notification, otherwise the award will be offered to the runner-up.

Abstract Submissions
If you have a behavior management accomplishment, an intriguing case study, a research project, or innovation for the field, especially one that resonates with the theme of the conference, please come share it with your colleagues!

The abstract submission deadline for the 2019 annual conference in Portland will be announced in October 2018.

Abstract review will be based on quality of the abstract, content and subject matter of the paper, application of the ABMA mission statement, and incorporation of the theme of the conference.  Please keep in mind that we receive a number of quality submissions each year, and not all abstracts can necessarily be accepted for presentation.  When your abstract is accepted for either a poster or presentation you are required to submit a paper for the conference proceedings prior to presenting.  This submission deadline is one week before the conference.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Conference Content Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Antonio Ramirez, at abmaabstracts@gmail.com  or the 2019 Vice President, Kelly Elkins at kelkins@sandiegozoo.org.

Presentations are 20 minutes total.  Presenters should plan for a few minutes of questions afterwards (e.g. 17 minute presentation, 3 minutes for questions).  It is encouraged to be available for questions throughout the remainder of the week.  Poster presenters are required to stand by their posters on poster night and discuss their poster with conference attendees.  Posters will be available to view during the entire conference so please be prepared to turn in your poster at registration so it can be set up the next day.  If poster night is held off site, ABMA will transport and set up  your poster but you are responsible for it after poster night concludes.

General timeline for 2019 Abstract Submissions:

January- abstracts due

February- notifications to presenters

February- presenters accept/decline

April- papers due for proceedings

Conference Registration
  Registration rates will be posted in mid-October.

If you’re an AAZK or IMATA member you can receive the ABMA member rate.  More details will be available in October.

Weekly Registration Pricing:

Weekly registrations are for the week of 7-12 April 2019.  The evening of the 7th is our icebreaker.  The evening of the 12th is our banquet.  The icebreaker and the banquet are included in the cost of your weekly registration- do not purchase these from the a la carte menu unless you plan to have an extra person attend for that event only.  There will be no weekly registrations the week before the conference to allow us time to compile accurate numbers to the hotel.

Contact us if you have any questions.

100% until 30 days before the start of the conference
50% from 29 days until 8 days before the conference
No refunds starting the week before the conference


We will again be offering CEU’s for a variety of organizations.  Once the program is finalized we will submit for credits and post here.  We normally offer CEU’s for the following organizations:

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


The conference hotel is the Benson.  The hotel rate is $189/night.

AMENITIES: Details coming soon.

PARKING: $40/night.

ROOMMATES: Need a roommate?  We can help!  Once our roommate coordinator has been identified, you can contact them and submit the following information:

  1. Your gender
  2. Roommate gender preference
  3. How many roommates you would like to have
  4. How many days you need a roommate

DINING:  Do you have dietary restrictions?  The hotel will be happy to accommodate you! Please inform them upon reserving your room and upon check-in of your dietary needs.  Don’t forget to let the ABMA know of your dietary restrictions during the online registration process.  


Hotel Location:  The conference hotel is the Benson located at 309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205


Our annual conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you!  If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact us!  We also have vendor opportunities available.

Site Visits
Details coming soon. 

Badge Entries
Your ABMA conference committee is working on badge entries that will allow you access to nearby attractions.

There are many questions you may have about traveling to Portland and Oregon.  Please contact us to submit questions we haven’t thought of!  We’ll be posting more information soon

WEATHER:  details coming soon

INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES:  The legal drinking age in Oregon is 21 years.  The electrical outlets in the US are 110V.  You will need an adapter for your electronic devices as well as a power converter.  The US will gladly accept all major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.  You may be charged an international usage fee, so check with your financial institution.  What about tipping?  Tipping is an often debated topic depending on the services used, but this reference will give you a good idea as to general numbers people often use when traveling in the US:  http://www.traveller.com.au/a-guide-to-tipping-in-the-us-when-do-i-tip-and-how-much-39x1t 


Details coming soon.


Invited speakers will be announced soon.

To be green, the ABMA does not hand out printed programs. Download the 2018 conference program.  We also have an interactive app with the program and other exciting features available in the app store (i phone) or Google Play (android).   Search for “ABMA Conference”.  If you have the app from a previous conference you need to delete the app and upload the new 2018 app.  

Details will be posted as they are finalized. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in Portland!