Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting

University of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 25th (09:00) - Friday 26th May 2017 (17:30)
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Two doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology - PhD students Elisa Bandini and Eva Reindl, will be hosting a two-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Birmingham on the 25th and 26th of May 2017 on the topic 'Innovation in cultural systems – an interdisciplinary meeting'.

This follows two successful Culture Conferences in 2015 ('The Origins and Transmission of Culture') and 2016 ('When and How does Cumulative Culture Emerge?').

The conference will bring together researchers from all career levels from various disciplines, including biology, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, animal behaviour, economics and philosophy. The meeting will have a strong focus on discussion and will cover outstanding questions on the role of innovation for human and non-human culture such as:

  • How can innovation be defined?
  • What is the role of innovation for cultural evolution in non-human and human species?
  • What do we know about processes of innovation on an individual level and on a group level?
  • How do the different fields experimentally test innovations in human and non-human animals?
  • What is the difference between non-human and human innovation?

Keynote speakers come from a variety of disciplines and include Professor Kevin Laland (University of St Andrews), Dr Valentine Roux (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, France), Professor Grant Ramsey (University of Leuven, Belgium), and Dr Sarah Beck (University of Birmingham).

The conference aims to attract many students and early career researchers as well as more established researchers across the different disciplines. The meeting will be sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Workshop Grant of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).

Abstract submission for talks and posters as well as registration are now open. More information can be found on the website: or follow @cultconf on twitter for live updates.