advancing cultural evolutionary studies


CES 2024 CONFERENCE | Durham, UK

CES 2024 will be held in Durham (UK) on 9-11th September, hosted by Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre (DCERC) and immediately followed by the CES Transformation Fund capstone conference on 12-13th September 2024.

CES2022 CONFERENCE | Aarhus, Denmark

The fourth Cultural Evolution Society Conference, CES2022, was held from September 21-23 in the city of Aarhus, Denmark.

For more information, see the 2022 conference website.


Congratulations to our 2022 Prizewinners!

Prize Name Affiliation
Pete Richerson Award for Best PhD (Finalist) Alba Motes Rodrigo University of Lausanne
Pete Richerson Award for Best PhD (Finalist) Mason Youngblood Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology
Pete Richerson Award for Best PhD (Winner) Manvir Singh Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse
New Investigator award (Finalist) Patrick Savage Keio University
New Investigator award (Finalist) Damian Blasi Harvard University
New Investigator award (Winner) Nicole Wen Brunel University, London

For more information, see our 2022 prizewinners page.

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.