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.



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.


The Cultural Evolution Society is holding elections to replace three outgoing members of the Executive Committee. The positions in the current election are: 

(i) President-Elect 

(ii) Treasurer

(iii) Regional Member

Only dues-paying members of the CES are entitled to vote in this election. Members will receive an invitation to vote electronically and elections will be open throughout August 2019.

The next formal election for Executive Committee members will be held to elect new Ordinary and Student Members of the Executive as three-year terms come to an end.

New funding programme: The evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems

RFP for an approximately $3 million funding programme for research on the evolution of science and religion as meaning-making systems, with funds and support provided by the Templeton Religion Trust and the Issachar Fund. This programme seeks to utilize the tools and insights of evolutionary and behavioral science to explore conflict and complementarity in the science-religion relationship, and to better understand and inform narratives about this relationship.

A variety of awards are available, from doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to early/mid/senior career research grants. Deadlines are 05 September 2019 for expressions of interest, and 15 November 2019 for invited full applications. For more information and the full RFP, please visit

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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 2019.