The 15th International Congress on the Biology of Fish (ICBF)

June 23-27, 2024, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The 15th International Congress on the Biology of Fish (ICBF) will be held June 23-27, 2024, at the Michigan Union on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. The biannual international ICBF meeting began in 1994 in Vancouver, Canada, and has established itself as a premier event for the global community of researchers in the field of fish physiology. Organized by The Physiology Section of the American Fisheries Society and Michigan Sea Grant, in collaboration with associates from the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center, the 15th ICBF meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers and scientists from all over the world to share and collaborate on developments and findings in fish physiology. 

Following a plenary session with talks by leading international experts, the 15th ICBF will comprise a full program of concurrent thematic sessions over the span of four days, led by renowned researchers. The range of topics will reflect current research in fish conservation physiology, environmental physiology, evolutionary physiology, use of fishes in biomedical research, and other emerging issues. In addition, session organizers will select oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts with a special emphasis on contributions by early career researchers.

An auditorium with people sitting, from the vantage point of looking down from above

Please come join our exciting program of over 220 presentations within 16 topical symposia, a dedicated evening poster session and 4 outstanding plenary speakers. Additional events include a BBQ picnic social and an Awards Banquet. 

Subject matter symposia have been compiled for this Congress, along with a general session and poster session.


This year’s hosts, Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) with local help from staff at the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center (USGS GLSC), provide scientific information to enhance and restore the Great Lakes, the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes by total area and second-largest by total volume. MISG is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that uses research, education, and outreach to support science-based decisions about the use and conservation of Great Lakes resources. The GLSC uses interdisciplinary teams and approaches to provide the information needed to solve the complex biological issues and natural resource management problems facing the Great Lakes.

AFS Meetings Code of Conduct

We are committed to making ICBF 2024 a friendly, welcoming conference for all attendees. Please familiarize yourself with the AFS Meetings Code of Conduct


Exhibitor Level Sponsor

Student Travel Award Sponsor

Local Planning Committee

  • Thomas Johengen, University of Michigan, Emeritus – Chair
  • Brandon Uckele, University of Michigan – Facilities and Fiscal Management
  • Hali Motley, University of Michigan – Admin and Registration Management
  • Kevin Keeler, USGS Great Lakes Science Center – Science Program Chair
  • Charles Madenjian, USGS Great Lakes Science Center – Science Program Chair

Officers: American Fisheries Society, Physiology Section

  • Anne Todgham, University of California, Davis – President
  • Erika Eliason, University of California, Santa Barbara – President-Elect
  • Chris Myrick, Colorado State University – Past President
  • Ciaran Shaughnessy, Oklahoma State University – Secretary/Treasurer

Additional Planning Committee Members

  • Jay Nelson, Townson University – Section Member
  • Jill Leonard, Northern Michigan University – Section Member