Nigel Nicholson – Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective

Speaker: Prof. Nigel Nicholson (London Business School)

Title: Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective

Where: UCL, Drayton House B05 (30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AX)

When: 20th February 2017, 18:00

Abstract:

Leadership serves the need for coordination and direction in social groups of many species, and for humans it has special properties and significance. We notice when it fails more than when it succeeds, and it has been heavily and largely poorly theorised in the business literature. We shall discuss why this is and how an evolutionary perspective can help us understand the preconditions, from a practical and theoretical standpoint, for its success and failure as an adaptive instrument for groups and institutions.

LERN conference 2016

NEW!  Programme and abstracts book available here: lern2016_abstract_book.pdf

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

Abstract:

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.