Reconstructing the Human Past – Using Ancient and Modern Genomics

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.

Constantina Theofanopoulou defends her PhD thesis

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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We are travelling to Zürich!

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!

Reminder: 2 talks by Bill Thompson (Oct 2)

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.