Keynote speakers 2022

Dr. Barbara Klump

Dr. Klump is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute  of Animal Behavior in Radolfzell with a varied history of ground-breaking work on the cultural transmission of behaviours and tool-manufacturing in birds. Dr Klump will bring a crucial cross-species narrative to the program, demonstrating the ubiquity of culture and cultural evolution in the animal kingdom and the important insights even distantly related species such as birds can provide on our own evolutionary past.

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Dr. Manuel Bohn 

Dr. Bohn is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. His work concerns the psychological foundations of human cognition and communication, drawing comparisons between the communicative capacities of human children and non-human primates. Manuel is also a founding member of the ManyPrimates research collective, which represents a model for modern open, collaborative science in primate cognition research.

Dr. Heidi Colleran

Dr. Colleran is an Independent Max Planck Research Group Leader (BirthRites: at the Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Her research is situated at the intersection of socio-cultural anthropology, demography and cultural evolution and she maintains two field-based research projects, in rural Poland and Vanuatu.

Dr. Michael Franke

Michael is a professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tübingen. His research focuses on the cognitive and evolutionary modelling of language use in interaction, reasoning, decision making and other features of higher-order cognition in interaction with the communicative context. Within his work, he thus investigates the mechanisms that allow people to flexibly communicate, collaborate, and coordinate on social conventions in groups, which is central to the conference’s theme within the language sciences.