2016 » Programme

Thursday, 9th June 2016

08:30-09:15 ~~~~~~~~~ Coffee & Registration ~~~~~~~
Hills Building, School of Psychology
09:30-09:45 Welcome
Aston Webb, Room G5
09:45-10:15 Keynote 1
Carel van Schaik:
Why us? On the evolution of the capacity for cultural evolution in our lineage
10:15-10:40 Discussion
10:45-11:30 Coffee Break + Poster Session
11:30-11:50 Podium presentation
Amanda Lucas, Francesca Happé, Christine Caldwell, Alex Thornton:
Examining the role of teaching and imitation in generating cumulative culture
11:50-12:10 Podium presentation
Claudio Tennie:
If cultural attractors explain human culture, then imitation should not matter (much). So, does it?
12:10-12:35 Discussion
12:40-13:40 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lunch~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
13:45-14:15 Keynote 2
Peter Richerson:
Cumulative Cultural Evolution as Collective Cognition
14:15-14:40 Discussion
14:40-14:55 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Coffee Break ~~~~~~~~~~~~
14:55-15:05 Pecha Kucha talk 1
Miriam Haidle & Michael Bolus:
From cultural accumulation to donated culture – archaeological hints on cumulative culture
15:05-15:15 Pecha Kucha talk 2
Helena Miton:
Statistical variability in cultural transmission studies: Why and how to exploit it?
15:15-15:25 Pecha Kucha talk 3
James Walker & David Clinnick:
Reviewing the evidence of cumulative culture in the Howieson’s Poort sub-phase of the Middle Stone Age
15:25-15:50 Discussion
15:50-16:00 ~~~~~~~~~~~Leg-stretcher~~~~~~~~~~~~
16:00-16:30 Keynote 3
Rachel Kendal:
What is cumulative culture, who has it, and why might this be?
16:30-16:55 Discussion
17:00-18:00 Drinks

Keynote speakers will be taken for dinner at the city centre. Please find information about where to go for dinner here. After dinner, we will go to a pub/beer garden nearby (The Old Crown) and we encourage everyone to join (approximate time will be announced on the first day).


Friday, 10th June 2016

09:15-09:30 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Registration~~~~~~~~~~~
09:30-10:00 Keynote 4
Olivier Morin:
Burying the ratchet
10:00-10:25 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break + Poster Session
11:00-11:20 Podium presentation
Mathieu Charbonneau:
All innovations are equal, but some more than others: (Re)integrating modification processes to the origins of cumulative culture
11:20-11:40 Podium presentation
Andrew Buskell:
Cultural Evolvability: exploring Cumulative Culture
11:40-12:05 Discussion
12:10-13:10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lunch~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
13:10-13:40 Keynote 5
Alex Mesoudi:
Cumulative Culture’s catalysts and constraints: Transmission fidelity, population size and acquisition costs
13:40-14:05 Discussion
14:05-14:30 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Coffee Break~~~~~~~~~~~~
14:30-14:40 Pecha Kucha talk 4
Rachel Harrison, Edwin van Leeuwen, Andrew Whiten:
Innovative and flexible tool-based solutions in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in response to a changing foraging task
14:40-14:50 Pecha Kucha talk 5
Takao Sasaki & Dora Biro:
From collective to cumulative intelligence in animal groups
14:50-15:00 Pecha Kucha talk 6
Michael Muthukrishna:
Innovation in the Collective Brain
15:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30-15:40 Concluding Remarks

Those who are not in a rush are encouraged to get together and round the conference off with a nice meal or a drink.