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Evolutionary Approaches to Adolescence Symposium: EHBEA 2020

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

We are pleased to announce a symposium on "Evolutionary Approaches to Adolescence" at the 2020 European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference in Krakow, Poland. The symposium will consist of research talks in the morning, followed by group brainstorming around "Issues and Opportunities for Evolutionary Approaches to Adolescence" in the afternoon. See below for more information.

This symposium is hosted by Dr Emily Emmott (University College London) and Dr Masahito Morita (University of Tokyo) as part of the Adolescent Sociality Across Cultures research programme.

We have a limited budget of travel and/or accommodation booking for attendees. If you would like to attend but have no/insufficient funding (for you and/or your accompanying person), please get in touch with once you register.



1st April 2020, 9:30-16:00 (lunch included). Please note, the main EHBEA conference will start off at 17:00 on the 1st April.


Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

About the workshop

We invite researchers interested in adolescence to join us for a one-day symposium on “evolutionary approaches to adolescence.” Across disciplines, adolescence is increasingly recognised as a key life stage, with distinct and interesting characteristics. What has evolutionary-informed research contributed so far, and what are our opportunities? The broad aims of the day are to share existing research around the topic of adolescence, network with other researchers with similar interests, and collectively identify future research directions with the greatest utility for our field. Through invited research talks and guided participant discussions, we hope to facilitate a productive atmosphere for knowledge exchange and future collaboration.

Provisional Schedule

Arrivals from 9:30AM

Welcome from organisers at 10AM

Morning Session

Research Talks

Dr Daniel Redhead, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

The dynamics of friendship and criminal behaviour during middle adolescence

Dr Mari Nozaki, Hirosaki University

The effect of sibling and peer relationships on depression among Japanese twins in middle childhood

Dr Emily Emmott, University College London and Dr Masahito Morita, University of Tokyo

Understanding adolescent sociality: photovoice as an ethological method

Eva Brandl, University College London

Theory of Mind and Teaching in ni-Vanuatu children and implications for adolescence

Dr David Coall, Edith Cowan University

Does the association between childhood adversity and accelerated reproduction hold across levels of resource availability?


Afternoon Session

Group Brainstorm

Issues and Opportunities for Evolutionary Approaches to Adolescence

Symposium End at 4PM


This symposium is funded by ESRC-AHRC, as part of the Adolescent Sociality Across Cultures research programme.


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