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CES2022 CONFERENCE | Aarhus, Denmark

We are pleased to announce the Cultural Evolution Society Conference 2022 will be held September 21-23 2022 and organised from Arhus University, led by Felix Riede. Decisions on hybrid and in-person organisation are being considered by the local organising committee in conjunction with the CES Executive. Stay tuned to our dissemination channels for further information.

CES2024 will be held in Durham, UK.

If you have any inquiries, please send e-mail to [email protected]

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.