ESLR Seminar Schedule and Sign-up page

ESLR Seminar Series

This year we will start our ESLR Seminar Series with a focus on the research of ECRs with a first round on Social Learning. The seminar takes place on Zoom on Thursday at 4pm CEST.

Talks should be about 20-30 minutes long, be a work in progress, a pre-print or a finished project and should have an ECR as the main (or one of the main) researchers.


May 27th, 2021Rachel HarrisonThe Natural History of Conformity
June 10th, 2021No seminar because of the CES Meeting
June 24th, 2021Aysha BellamyBiases or balancing act? Investigating the flexibility of conformity
July 8th, 2021Marco SmollaCumulative cultural evolution and the coevolution of learning and social structure in changing environments
July 22nd, 2021Andrea GradassiThe impact of own and others’ confidence on social information use
August 5th, 2021Xinyue PanConformity Pressure and Norm Changes in Dynamic Environments
August 19th, 2021Saeed Shafiei SabetAnthropogenic sound reverberates at the community level; potentially disrupt sustainability of the natural environment
September 2nd, 2021Yoav RamCultural evolution of cooperation: the role of non-vertical transmission
We use a cultural-evolutionary model to find conditions for the evolution of cooperation under vertical, oblique, and horizontal cultural transmission. These conditions, which have interesting parallels with Hamilton’s rule, are validated with stochastic simulations of structured populations.
Paper: Cohen, D., Lewin-Epstein, O., Feldman, M. W. & Ram, Y. Non-vertical cultural transmission, assortment and the evolution of cooperation. Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 288, 20203162 (2021).
September 30th, 2021Justin SulikDiversity of social learning strategies makes for better science
October 14th, 2021Mason YoungbloodCultural transmission bias in the spread of voter fraud conspiracy theories on Twitter during the 2020 US election
October 28th, 2021Victoria FranksParents versus peers: the effect of social environment on foraging behaviour in a juvenile songbird
During early independence from parents, social information acquired vertically may become outdated, or conflict with new information from peers. However, it is unclear how young animals maintain, or update, behaviour based on information from these different sources. In my talk, I will outline an experiment from my PhD work where we tested if wild juvenile hihi (a New Zealand songbird) retained a foraging behaviour from parents, or if they changed in response to the behaviour of their peers. I will show our results from presenting novel feeders at nest sites to seed alternative access routes during post-fledging parental care, and then highlight how juvenile’s behaviour changed at similar feeders once they became independent and formed mixed-treatment social groups. Finally, I will discuss how these results broaden our understanding of the effects of different social experiences on juvenile behaviour, and how our study adds to the growing body of literature on conformity in animal groups.

Sign-up as Speaker for the ESLR Seminar Series

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Sign-up as Attendee for the ESLR Seminar Series

To attend the seminars please sign-up here and you will receive the Zoom link via Email.


Will my talk be recorded?

If you would like us to record your talk (e.g. to share it later on your own website or YouTube), we can certainly record your talk and provide the video file to you after the talk. Let us know whether you would like us to record your talk prior to the meeting or.