Washington, D.C.
August 25-28, 2017

The 40th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Plaza Hotel. 
Join us as ASP meets for the first time in the nation’s capital!  Come a few days early and stay a few days later to enjoy all the sights of D.C.
Sponsored by the National Primate Research Centers! 
OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 25, 2017 at the National Zoo!
Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo and the George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Come see the newest addition to the orangutan clan -- baby Redd, born September 12, 2016!
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***The MEETING SCHEDULE is now live!***
We are delighted to offer 9.5 RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) credits to veterinary professionals -- credits are FREE with registration!
The Program Committee Is pleased to announce the following presentations:
Distinguished Primatologists Address
Robert Seyfarth, Ph.D. & Dorothy Cheney, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
2016 ASP Early Career Award Winner's Address
Bernardo Urbani, Ph.D.
Center for Anthropology, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research
Past President's Address
Karen Bales, Ph.D.
University of California Davis & CNPRC
Interdisciplinary Symposium
Marmosets as a Model of Aging
President's Forum
Supporting and Enhancing Peer Review
  • Insights into African Ape Development from Long-Term Field Studies
  • Rearing Macaque Infants in a Captive Setting
  • Genetic Approaches to Primate Behavior
And More!
  • Student Lunch Workshop: "From Backpack to Briefcase: Making the Transition from Graduate School to the Workplace"
  • Two-Part Science Policy Roundtable: Science Advocacy and Primate Research
Early bird
(Mar 1)
On Time
(July 15 22)
(after July 15 22)
Student member
Regular/Full member
Guest (social events only)



Registration will open on January 6, 2017, in the Members section.



  • Oral presentations will be given on MacBook Pro laptops. Please prepare your slides accordingly. Laser pointers will be provided.
  • Poster boards will be 4' high x 6' wide.
If you have items you need to mail for the silent auction, please contact the Local Host, Dr. Amanda Dettmer.
Register for the annual Primate Promenade, ASP's fun run to benefit the Conservation Committee and Student Travel Awards fund! The Primate Promenade will be on Sunday, August 26, at 6:30am, and there is an option to run a 5K+ or to walk a 2K. Primate Promenade registrants receive a unique fun run t-shirt!
Located downtown on Thomas Circle, the newly-renovated Washington Plaza Hotel sits in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is only minutes from the iconic attractions of the nation's capital. The hotel boasts a beautifully-landscaped outdoor pool designed by world-famous architect Morris Lapidus. The hotel restaurant, 10 Thomas Restaurant, features innovative American fare.
The hotel is a 3-block walk from the McPherson Square Metro Station (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) and a 5-block walk from the Farragut North Station (Red line).
Nearby attractions include:
National Geographic Society – 0.4mi
The White House – 0.5mi
International Spy Museum – 0.9mi
The National Mall – 1.3mi
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum – 1.4mi
National Gallery of Art – 1.5mi
U.S. Capitol Building – 1.5mi
Lincoln Memorial – 1.9mi
The National Zoo – 2.2mi
Room Rates at the Washington Plaza Hotel
Single/Double Occupancy: $159/night
Triple Occupancy: $189/night
To ensure Conference rates, rooms must be booked by July 25, 2017.
Please CLICK HERE to make your hotel reservations. If the link does not work, please use this code: WD8PI. Or, you may call 1-800-424-1140 and refer to the American Society of Primatologists meeting to make your reservation.
Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports that offer direct flights from all over the U.S. and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located in Arlington, VA, 5 miles from the conference site. Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Dulles, VA, approximately 28 miles from the conference site. Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located in Baltimore, MD, approximately 32 miles from the conference site. Public transportation is available from all airports to (within blocks of) the conference site via the D.C. Metro system.
Getting around Washington, D.C. is very easy: the city is served by an extensive Metrorail system as well as buses, taxis, rideshares, and more. The Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) is your key to getting around the city. NOTE: Most visitors heavily utilize the DC Metro rail system, which requires a SmarTrip card for use. SmarTrip cards are available for purchase, and can be re-loaded, at every Metro station.
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Alternative Metro maps available here.
Washington, D.C. is known around the world for its memorials, museums, diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, and restaurants. Visit for complete information.                 
Entrance to all the 19 of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums – including the National Zoo – is free!
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Vitenam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Washington, D.C., can be very hot and humid in the summer months. Average temperatures in August range from 66oF/19oC (low) to 84oF/29oC (high). Accordingly, hotels and museums will overcompensate with air conditioning. Thunderstorms, though short, can be frequent.
Be sure to bring an umbrella and a light sweater or jacket in addition to your shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits!
For questions pertaining to the meeting, please contact the Local Host, Dr. Amanda Dettmer