CBEN 2021 in Tilburg

The Cognition, Behavior & Evolution Network (CBEN) invites abstracts for its annual meeting. The meeting will take place 18-19 November 2021 at Tilburg University. Invited speakers are Alberto Acerbi (Brunel University London), Mariska Kret (Leiden University), Nichola Raihani (University College London) and Michael Vlerick (Tilburg University). The meeting is primarily intended for academics in the Low Countries who study or are interested in the study of cognition and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. However, we happily welcome participants from other countries as well. We particularly encourage junior researchers (PhD students and postdocs) to submit their work.

This year there is no central theme. Possible topics include but are definitely not limited to:

  • The evolution of cooperation and morality
  • The evolution of communication and language
  • Cognitive science of religion
  • Naturalistic studies of scientific development
  • Cognition and culture
  • Cultural evolution
  • The evolution of art
  • Primate studies
  • Developmental cognitive studies
  • The evolution of sex and sexual orientations
  • Evolutionary approaches to gender differences
  • The evolution of family
  • Evolutionary approaches to politics and economics
  • The evolution of war and peace
  • The emergence of institutions

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) by e-mail to Stefaan Blancke ( The deadline is 1 September 2021. We will send out notifications of our decision on 1 October 2021. Please indicate whether you would like to share your work under the form of a presentation or a poster. We aim for an offline meeting, but if necessary we will change to a hybrid or online format. For more information, please visit the meeting’s website or contact Stefaan Blancke (