LERN conference 2016

Our annual conference is coming up! Join us for a great day of discovering the great evolutionary research being done by fellow students and PostDocs from around London and beyond!

Please register here. If you’d like to submit an abstract for a 15 minute talk, lightning talk, or poster, please email us at contact@londonevolution.org.

As usual in the last few years, we have a theme for our keynote speakers: the Application of Evolutionary Principles to Agriculture and Medicine.

More information here.

When: 9th November 2016

Location: Fogg lecture theater, Queen Mary University

Cost: Free!

Accessibility: The Fogg Lecture Theatre is wheelchair-accessible. There is easy access to a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Upcoming seminar: Camilla Power – The Revolutionary Sex

Speaker: Dr. Camilla Power (University of East London)

Title: The Revolutionary Sex: can sexual conflict theory help explain the emergence of language and culture?

Where: UCL (South Wing 9 Garwood LT)

When: 12th October, 18:00


Across species, sexual selection and sexual conflict – where the evolutionary interests of the sexes differ – provide the arena for the evolution of highly elaborate forms of signaling. Sexual conflict models, with complex psychological adaptations to situations of both conflict and cooperation between the sexes, can illuminate the evolution of the human symbolic domain of language, art and ritual.

Inside the last half- million years, significant encephalization in our African ancestors imposed heavy reproductive costs on females. Female coalitionary ritualized display emerged as a strategy to increase levels of male investment in very large-brained offspring.  Basically, we’re here today with our huge brains because women (and investor males) won the symbolic revolution at the expense of non-investing alpha males. The advantage of this model is that it offers specific predictions about the symbolic signals that arose and can still be traced in the archaeological and ethnographic records.

Abstracts needed for Science and Pizza night

We are organising a miniconference – with free pizza and free drinks! But we need volunteers for the talks!

So please send us your name and an abstract if you are interested (and you work on any thing evolutionary). We’d love to hear about your work, and the event would be a great opportunity for you to train your presentation skills in an informal setting.

 The event will be on the evening of the 20th July (6pm), at UCL. The programme and more information will be posted here.

Trip to the NHM in Tring this Saturday!

This year’s LERN summer outing to the Natural History Museum in Tring is this Saturday, the 9th of July. Entrance to the museum is free and everyone is welcome to join (bring family and friends!) – but please email us at londonevolution@gmail.com so we have an idea of how may people are coming.

We’re meeting in 10.45am at London Euston and taking the 11.04 am train to Tring.

We’ll be at the NHM in Tring at about 12:15, if you’d like to meet us there directly. We’ve arranged a short introduction to the museum at the start of our visit, then we’ll be free to explore it in our own time.

We’ll be going to a pub for lunch after visiting the museum (very likely the Robin Hood).

In other news, our Science and Pizza night is taking place soon (20th of July) – and we need abstracts! So if anyone is interested in giving a 15-minute talk, please email us!