The Cognition, Behavior & Evolution Network in the Low Countries


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.


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.

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Andy Radford (Professor in behavioural ecology, Bristol University).
Prof. Redouan Bshary (Professor in behavioural ecology, University of Neuchatel).
Prof. Charlotte Hemelrijk (Professor in behavioural ecology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).
Prof. Carsten de Dreu (Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, Leiden University).
Prof. Matthijs van Veelen (Professor of Evolution and Behaviour, Dept. of Economics, University of Amsterdam).
Dr. Jorg Massen (Post-doctoral research fellow, Dept. of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna).

For more information and registration, please visit the following link

For the program, please click here


Meet and Greet with Prof. Ellen Dissanayake

Art and Human Evolution

Published 10th of May, 2017

Dear colleague,

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]

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.

More information
For more information and to apply for the summer school, click here.


CBEN 2017: Evolution of Cooperation Conference
When: 27 - 28 November 2017
Where: Leiden, The Netherlands (more details coming soon)

Abstract Submission