Inaugural Cultural Evolution Society Conference

Jena 2017
13-15 September

Abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2017
Notification to authors: July 2017

The organising team can be contacted at this address:

Abstracts should be sent through the Easychair submission platform. Participants will need to create an account.

The inaugural CES meeting welcomes oral presentations of original research work. The submission deadline is on 1 June, 2017. Our programme has space for the following types of contributions:

  • Regular conference presentations of 20 minutes including questions.
  • One-hour themed sessions comprised of presentations and/or chaired discussion.
  • Separate Student Showcase and Early Career Showcase talk sessions (20 minutes including questions).
  • Lightning Sessions: “speed talks” (3 minutes) in lieu of poster sessions.

Abstracts for all submissions should be in English and no more than 250 words. References should not be included. Please indicate your preferences for the kind of presentation format or session you are submitting, and if you are prepared to give a speed version of your talk if it is not successful as full-length.

Organisers proposing a themed session should ask their session participants to submit their abstracts individually and to indicate that they are part of a proposed session (please include the name of the session and the name(s) of the organiser(s). Organisers should then submit a separate abstract describing the themed session, the proposed format, and how each speaker will contribute to the theme. This session abstract should be submitted in addition to each individual abstract. Organisers should strive to bring together speakers from across disciplines, and aim for a mix of gender, career stage, geographic and other representation in line with the Society’s Mandate for Deep Diversity.

Themed sessions will be reviewed on the basis of their overall coherence and considered so as to maximise the range of topics and viewpoints showcased at the CES Conference. Where we are unable to accommodate an entire themed session we will then treat each submitted abstract as a contender for a regular presentation.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words (in English) should be submitted via the conference's website. All abstracts will be reviewed independently by at least two referees from the Program Committee, who are all representatives of the Cultural Evolution Society and able to assess a wide range of disciplinary contributions. Based upon the three recommendations, the local organising committee will accept or reject the presentation.

Accepted abstracts (outside of themed sessions)  will be arranged in thematic sessions by the committee. Abstracts from rejected themed sessions may still be accepted on their own and included in other sessions. Information about the status of the abstract will be emailed to its first author in July.

An independent abstract should be presented, to present the themed session, with the same word limit (250 words) as individual abstracts. Each talk inside the session should be submitted individually as a 250 word abstract (indicating the themed session it belongs to in the abstract).

Code of conduct

Please note our code of conduct. The Cultural Evolution Society conference is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

By registering to present and/or attend the CES Annual Meeting you agree to follow the CES Code of Ethics and specifically recognize that: "It is unethical in any professional setting, including the Cultural Evolutionary Society, to use the inequalities of power that characterize many professional relationships to obtain personal, sexual, economic or professional advantages. Sexual, sexual identity or racial/ethnic harassment is unethical behavior.”

Child care

The CESC will provide on-site child care services if needed. Please contact us before the 1st of July if you need us to arrange something.


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