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DATE: November 14-15, 2019
PLACE: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Cognition, Behavior & Evolution Network (CBEN) brings together scholars from evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology, human biology, primatology, philosophy, and cultural evolution. Founded in 2015, CBEN facilitates research and education regarding evolution of cognition and behavior. CBEN is based in The Netherlands and Belgium but we welcome scholars from other countries to join us.

We organize an annual conference in the Fall semester. This year we welcome everyone to the University of Amsterdam on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 November 2019. The central theme of this year’s conference will be “The Costs and Benefits of Sociality”. We especially welcome submissions that fit this year’s theme from evolutionary, behavioral, and cognitive perspectives. Yet, we also welcome scholars from other subfields to present their work either as an oral presentation or a poster presentation.


Registration is open until November 1st 2019. The registration fee is €35 for students and/or members of CBEN, CES, EHBEA or HBES. A fee of €75 applies to non-students who are not a member of CBEN, CES, EHBEA or HBES. You can also register to join us for dinner on Thursday night at an additional cost of €50 (including drinks).

Deadline for the abstract submission: 6th October 2019

You can submit your abstract via this link. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts of individual presentations either for Oral or Poster Sessions should include:

  • Title
  • Author(s) – first name, last name.
  • Institution(s) – institution, city and country of each author and indication (using the superscripts a, b, c, …).
  • E-Mail of the first Author.

Notifications of talk vs. poster acceptance will be sent out by mid-October 2019.


Joan B. Silk (Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University)

Simon Gächter (Professor, Psychology of Economic Decision Making, The University of Nottingham)

Cecile Sarabian (Postdoctoral Fellow, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)

PROGRAM (Coming soon)

The full program will be announced after evaluating the abstracts (early October). On both days, the conference will run from 9am to 6pm. We will have a conference dinner at nice location in Amsterdam on Thursday.


University of Amsterdam: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam.


The venue is located in the center of Amsterdam. Many hotels are close by, ranging from budget to high end.
The closest hotel is HOTEL NES.

In walking distance, these are some suggestions:


CBEN2019 is organized by Yena Kim (Cognitive Psychology Unit, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, the Netherlands) and Lucas Molleman (Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands). For further information, please contact us (

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