The Cognition, Behavior & Evolution Network (CBEN) unites scholars working in the fields of evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology, human biology, primatology, and cultural evolution.
The aim of CBEN is to facilitate research and education in relation to the evolution of cognition and behavior. Its basis is in The Netherlands and Belgium but we invite scholars from other countries to join us.
SMART CS Conference on Human and Animal Cognition
Published 12th of October, 2017
The second Amsterdam SMART Cognitive Science Conference will take place at the University of Amsterdam December 6-8. The conference consists of daytime workshops and evening keynotes on human and animal cognition.
Keynote speakers are primatologist and CBEN affiliate Frans de Waal (Emory), cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Spelke (Harvard), and philosopher of mind Kristin Andrews (York University, Toronto).
You can find out more and register for workshops and keynotes here.
CBEN Conference 2017: Full Programme Published
Published 12th of October, 2017
The CBEN Conference 2017 will include five keynotes from Dutch and international researchers in ecology, biology, economics, and psychology and 14 oral presentations from a diverse set of scholars. The programme can be found on our website, and a preliminary full programme including abstracts can be downloaded here.
The research presented draws on a broad set of methods, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational empirical approaches, modelling, and theoretical contributions. The empirical talks cover species as varied as humans, bonobos, cleaner wrasses, ravens, bats, and capuchin monkeys.
Registration is still open, as are submission for poster presentations. You can sign up for the CBEN Conference 2017 here.
CBEN Conference 2017: Extended Deadline and Travel Awards
Published 12th of September, 2017
The deadline to submit talks to CBEN 2017 has been extended to September 30 (23:59 CET). For posters, we will now accept submissions on a rolling basis up to a week before the conference (November 19), or until all spots are taken.
In addition, we are excited to announce that we are offering up to five travel awards à 100 euros for early career researchers (graduate students and postdocs) who have a submission (talk or poster) accepted at CBEN 2017. Please note your eligibility in the submission form.
For more information about CBEN 2017, the theme Evolution and Cooperation, and our keynote speakers, please check the conference page.
Call for Papers: CBEN Conference 2017
Published 21st of June, 2017
The Cognition, Behavior, and Evolution Network is happy to announce the 2017 CBEN Conference on the evolution of cooperation, held November 27-28 at Leiden University.
CBEN 2017 focuses on the evolutionary study of cooperation. Interest in the evolution and maintenance cooperation spans disciplines, paradigms, and species. This has led to confusion and disagreement as much as connections and collaboration. CBEN 2017 emphasizes the connections: between theorists and empirical researchers, across disciplines, and among scholars working at different levels of explanation and on different species. The goal of the conference is therefore to bring together researchers from psychology, economics, biology, and ecology with a shared interest in cooperation to exchange knowledge and foster collaboration. In furtherance of this goal, we especially invite submissions that compare or combine multiple perspectives from the evolutionary sciences, including comparative research.
We are proud to present a diverse set of keynote speakers, including Andy Radford (behavioural ecology, Bristol University), Redouan Bshary (behavioural ecology, Université de Neuchâtel), Charlotte Hemelrijk (biology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Matthijs van Veelen (economics, Universiteit van Amsterdam), and Carsten de Dreu (psychology, Universiteit Leiden).
We invite submissions of abstracts (250 words) for presentations of 20 minutes. If you would like to present at CBEN 2017, please submit your abstract until September 15. We will select speakers on the basis of submitted abstracts.
15 September: Deadline for abstract submission
22 September: Notification of selected speakers
27-28 November: Conference at Leiden University
Attendance of CBEN 2017 is free, and registration is now open.
Workshop – Comparative Affective Science: The Intersection of Biology and Psychology
Published 10th of May, 2017
CBEN wants to draw your attention to the upcoming workshop on comparative affective science. This workshop will feature short talks by biologists and psychologists on four key questions: “What does it mean to be well? How do we measure that in animals? which animals? And can and should we avoid anthropomorphism?” Each talk session will be followed by comments from a moderator and then a structured session for discussion in small groups. Our ultimate goal is to produce a paper, or series of papers, that address the core questions from multiple perspectives, providing a way forward for the field of animal emotion.
Meet and Greet with Prof. Ellen Dissanayake
Art and Human Evolution
Published 10th of May, 2017
You are kindly invited to attend a Meet & Greet session with Prof. Ellen Dissanayake (Univ. of Washington). On this occasion, Prof. Dissanayake will look back on 4 decades of studies in Art and Human Evolution and discuss the current state and future of the field with interested readers, scholars and students.
Date: Monday 7th of August, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Leiden University Faculty of Humanities Lipsius Building, room 228, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden
10:00- 10:15 Welcome (by Larissa Mendoza)
10:15- 11:00 Ellen Dissanayake in her own words
11:00- 11:30 Break
11:30- 12:45 Q & A session
12:45- 13:00 Wrap-up
The meeting is free but places are limited, please register by July 15 at: mslariss[at]hotmail.com
Please find the official invitation here
CBEN 2017 Conference Announcement
Published 17th of March, 2017
The CBEN 2017 committee is pleased to let you know that we will be hosting a new conference on the 27th and 28th of November in Leiden, The Netherlands.
CBEN 2017 focuses on the evolutionary study of cooperation. Interest in the evolution and maintenance cooperation spans disciplines, paradigms, and species. This has led to confusion and disagreement as much as connections and collaboration. CBEN 2017 emphasizes the connections: between theorists and empirical researchers, across disciplines, and among scholars working at different levels of explanation and on different species. The goal of the conference is therefore to bring together researchers from psychology, economics, biology, and ecology with a shared interest in cooperation to exchange knowledge and foster collaboration. In furtherance of this goal, we especially invite submissions that compare or combine multiple perspectives from the evolutionary sciences, including comparative research. We will be updating the website regularly to keep you informed about the speakers and activities.
If you are interested in joining CBEN 2017, please register or submit your abstract through the menu on the right side of this page. For further questions and information, please use our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are looking forward to seeing you in Leiden!
Simon Columbus and Merel Burgering (organizing committee)
European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) Annual Conference 2017
Published 17th of March, 2017
The EHBEA is organizing a new conference from 6 – 8th of April, 2017 in Paris, France.
The European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) is an interdisciplinary society that supports the activities of European researchers with an interest in evolutionary accounts of human cognition, behaviour and society. This year’s annual conference is held in Paris, France, from the 6th – 8th of April, 2017. For more information on the conference and on how to register, please visit their website.
Utrecht Summer School: Observing Primate Behaviour
Published 11th of November, 2016
When: July 17th – July 28th
Where:Utrecht University & Biomedical Primate Research Center Rijswijk
The summer course Observing Primate Behaviour focuses on getting familiar with primate observational methods by observing primate social behaviour. Through the analysis of gathered observational data, students follow the scientific cycle by investigating and presenting their own research questions. Furthermore, the additional activities aim to provide the students with more background information on the different topics related to studying primate behaviour, such as welfare, colony management and fieldwork.
For more information and to apply for the summer school, click here.