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.




We want CES2018 to be open to all regardless of personal circumstances. We are currently looking into securing the following:

  1. Dedicated lactation rooms at the conference venue.
  2. Childcare in the conference venue and/or suggestions for care in the surrounding area.
  3. Wheelchair accessibility in all rooms of the conference venue.

We will update this page as more information is made available. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions please contact the conference inclusiveness committee at We also have a small amount of money we can use to support the inclusiveness of the conference. Finally, we are much more likely to be able to assist with any inclusivity issues if you raise them prior to your arrival.

Inclusivity Award

In an effort to promote a diverse attendance at the CES conference, we are awarding a limited number of conference registration fee waivers for individuals facing undue barriers to participating in academic meetings including attendees from countries with limited funding for research, carers of infants or young children, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from groups underrepresented in academia. Funding decisions will be made with the goal of increasing the diversity of attendees at the conference. If funds are remaining we will also consider underfunded individuals who have not received sufficient alternate sources of funding to attend the conference.

To apply, fill in the form below by Sep 13. Award decisions will be communicated by Sep 19.

If your decision to attend is contingent upon receiving the award, please wait until you receive your award notification before registering. The early bird registration rates will be available until Sep 21.

If you have registered already you can still apply for this award. If awarded, your registration fee will be reimbursed.

Inclusivity Award Form

Conference 2018 Website

The CES 2018 Conference website is LIVE. 

This 2nd CES Conference is being held in Tempe, Arizona, USA from October 22-24 2018. Registration, accommodation and abstract submission are all open.

Workshop Fund Applications

Funds for hosting small workshops are available. Please see all details on the dedicated Workshop Fund page.

The deadline for the second call will be Monday 1 October 17:00 UTC (12:00 EST).

It is expected that the next deadline will be early April 2019.