CBEN 2019


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.


Early bird registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available on the first day of the conference from 8:30 to 13:00. The registration fee is €50 for students and/or members of CBEN, CES, EHBEA or HBES. A fee of €100 applies to non-students who are not a member of CBEN, CES, EHBEA or HBES.


Abstract submission is now closed. 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)

Julia Fischer (Professor, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, German Primate Center)

PROGRAM (Coming soon)

The full programme is available here. 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 (cbenleiden2019@gmail.com).