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.

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.

Talks – Bill Thompson

We are pleased to announce 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!

Protolang 5 – Early Bird registration reminder

Update: Early Bird registration is now closed. Normal fees will apply from July 16 onwards.


The deadline for Early Bird registration to Protolang 5 is fast approaching (July 15).

If you intend to participate (as a presenter or otherwise) and haven’t yet registered, now would be the most advantageous time to do so.

You can find more information by clicking “Protolang 5” in the menu above, or you can jump straight to the registration area.

(We kindly remind you that proof of payment should be sent to us by email (protolang5@gmail.com), so that registration that can be fully confirmed.)

See you in Barcelona!

BIB Talk – Sojung Han

We have a great invited talk next week.

Sojung Han (Comparative Genomics Group/UPF) will be talking about:

Genetic diversity in Pan clades

This event will take place on February 9, at 2:30pm. The location is Room 0.3 of the Josep Carner Building (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes w/Aribau)

Attendance is free and encouraged!

sojunghan

 

Protolang 5 (September 26—28, 2017)

Mark your calendars:

We are proud to announce that the Protolang 5 conference will be coming to Barcelona this year!

Registration and abstract submission (talks, posters mini-symposia) are now open.

We will also have an exciting line-up of invited speakers:

Important dates:

Submission deadline: April 20 Extension: April 30, 2017
Notifications of acceptance: June 15, 2017
Early registration deadline: July 15, 2017
Late registration deadline: September 25, 2017
Conference: September 26—28, 2017

Also, on September 29 there will be a workshop marking the 50 years of Eric Lenneberg’s Biological Foundations of Language, including an invited talk by Tecumseh Fitch. Submissions welcome. Stay one day more after Protolang 5 and join us in the event.

For more information on the conference, submission and registration, please head over to the conference page.

Announcement poster (help us spread the word!)

See you in Barcelona