advancing cultural evolutionary studies


Our mission is to advance the research and applications of cultural evolutionary studies. We support all evolutionary approaches to the study of human and nonhuman animal culture.

Membership is open to all who share this as a basic research, teaching, or applied interest. The Cultural Evolution Society is committed to a broad, pluralistic and interdisciplinary perspective, which brings together all researchers applying evolutionary theory to the understanding of cultural inheritance and evolution.




CES 2020 will be POSTPONED to 9-11th June 2021. This is due to the current global spread of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding public health and travel in the foreseeable months. The venue in 2021 will remain in Sapporo, Japan. Please read the full announcement on the Conference page.

CES2020 Meeting and Coronavirus

4 March 2020: The September meeting in Sapporo Japan is still planned to go ahead. Please see our announcement with advice regarding travel booking, and check here, our emails, and social media, for updates.

"What is Evolution?" Survey

We use the word 'evolution' often and enthusiastically. Yet what do we mean when we talk about evolution? Do we all mean the same? It is time to find out, to understand ourselves, our work and our colleagues better. The easiest way to do so is to participate in this short survey -you might even win some of the latest books on cultural evolution! The results of the survey will be published in an upcoming theme issue of Philosophical Transactions B on 'the Foundations of Cultural Evolution'.

Conference 2020 Website

The website for the 2020 CES meeting in Sapporo, Japan, is live!

Key information:
Abstract submission will open mid-February
Registration will open mid-March
Early Bird registration will extend beyond abstract acceptance notifications at the end of May.

Please refer to the official conference website for details from now on.
There is also an official Local Organising Committee email address for queries:

Date Change for the CES2020 Conference

Due to circumstances far beyond the local organising team's control, the date and local venue has changed. 

The conference will be held now on September 14-16th, a week earlier than originally announced. The venue is now the Sapporo Convention Centre rather than the University of Hokkaido campus.

Please visit the Conferences page for more details.

Conference 2020

The next Cultural Evolution Society conference will be hosted at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

Dates: September 21-23 (Monday-Wednesday), 2020.

The local and scientific committees of CES 2020 are looking forward to welcoming you to Japan's most beautiful university campus, which is located in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Led by Masanori Takezawa, CES Executive Officer, the local committee has worked very hard to gain funding to ensure registration fees and costs are as low as possible. 

Announcements will follow on the website, so please 'save the date' in your calendars.

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Workshop Fund Applications

Please see all details on the dedicated Workshop Fund page. The deadline for the next call will be in October 2020.