Our group has been joined by two new members, Sara Silvente i Pons, funded by a UBICS collaboration grant, and Marcel Ruland. Both of them are MA students from the CCiL master’s programme of the UB, and they will be collaborating with the group and writing their MA theses under Cedric’s supervision. Welcome, Sara and Marcel! We are very happy to have you!
We are thrilled to announce that our group will be represented by not just one, but 4 posters at the upcoming EMBL conference “Reconstructing the Human Past – Using Ancient and Modern Genomics” in Heidelberg, Germany, from the 31st of March to the 4rd of April. Work by Alejandro Andirkó, Juan Andrés Moriano Palacios, Thomas O’Rourke and Cedric Boeckx, as well as our collaborative project with Giuseppe Testa (Milan), will be presented during the conference. For details, take a look at the programme! We are looking forward to a very promising line-up exploring ancient DNA to learn about the evolutionary history of our species.
We are proud to announce that Constantina Theofanopoulou will be defending her PhD thesis about the implications of oxytocin in speech on Thursday, the 21st of March, at 15:00 in this location on the UB campus. Her work was supervised by Cedric and co-supervised by Erich Jarvis. If you are curious to know more, read the abstract below or join us for the defense!
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Our group will be represented at the inaugural workshop of the brand new Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Evolution (ISLE) in Zürich. Cedric and Pedro will be giving a talk about their current work on the connection between domestication and vocal learning complexity, and Alejandro will be there with a poster on neoteny (check out his new polished website for more information). They will also be attending the workshop that will be held to plan a promising new collaborative project, the Atlas for Comparative Cognition. Head over to their website and join their mailing list for updates!
We are very much looking forward to a guest talk by Dan Dediu from the Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (DDL) and the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Lyon, France), who has followed our invitation to visit us at the University of Barcelona.
Our article in El País (in Spanish).
Some light reading on some heavy-weight talks!
After attending the What is Life? conference commemorating the 75th anniversary of Erwin Schrödinger’s influential lectures on DNA in Dublin early September, we wrote an article about future directions in biology for The Conversation (Spain edition).
Read our text here (in Spanish).
The New Scientist has mentioned our research in an article on human evolution and self-domestication (featuring the silver fox).
This is a reminder that Bill Thompson (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) will visit us on October 2 and give two talks:
10:30am: The Language Engine: Evolutionary Processes in Social Populations
3:00pm: Mapping the structure of meaning across human languages with large scale semantic networks
Both talks will take place at the Sala de Professors, on the 5th floor of the Josep Carner Building (Gran Via w/ Aribau).
Entrance is free and encouraged!
We kindly ask you to pay close attention to both our webpage and our twitter account (@bioling_bcn) for updates, should details change.