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CES2022 CONFERENCE | Aarhus, Denmark

We look forward to the fourth Cultural Evolution Society Conference, CES2022! The conference will be held from September 21-23 in the city of Aarhus, Denmark.

As last year, Underline will support the online component of the conference. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty for all of us. Therefore, we seek to offer a hybrid format that will hopefully allow some folks to travel to Aarhus, others to meet up locally or regionally in CES hub-lets, and others yet to participate online.

Thanks to funding support from the Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, student registration will be offered free of cost for CES student members, and will be discounted for student non-members.

As a reminder the deadline to apply for themed sessions is March 21st.

Below is the link to the 2022 conference website, which will be updated as planning proceeds, so check back for new information.

CES 2021

The 2021 conference (delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic) was held as a full virtual online meeting on June 9-11, 2021, and organised from Sapporo, Japan.

Researchers at Hokkudai University were the local organizing committee. We remain extremely grateful to Masanori Takezawa and colleagues for making the meeting happen for the community in the face of huge challenges.


Congratulations to our 2021 Prizewinners!

Prize Name Affiliation
Student Presentation Taylor Hersh Dalhousie University
Student Presentation Riana Minocher Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Local student presentation Kenji Itao University of Tokyo
Local student presentation Yuta Kido Hokkaido University
Presentations from Global South Patrícia Izar University of São Paulo
Presentations from Global South Eduardo Ottoni University of São Paulo
Presentations by Global South students Luíza Gonzalez Ferreira University of São Paulo
Presentations by Global South students Iatan Ladeia University of São Paulo

For more details see the prizewinners page on the conference website.


The themes of the 2021 conference are wonderfully summarised in this word cloud, created with the help of Mansanori.

CES 2021 Word Cloud

CES 2018

The 2018 conference was held at Arizona State University in Tempe on October 22-24, 2018. 

Researchers at the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change were the local organizing committee.

CES 2017

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History organised and hosted our first international conference in Jena, Germany in September 2017. Nearly 300 cultural evolution researchers gathered at this historic meeting to meet each other and share their discoveries. You can find out more about the 2017 conference here.