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CES 24 Frequently Asked Questions

Have any questions about the CES2024 conference? Here’s your answer! Please read our FAQs to find out more or get in touch via Email, Twitter, or Bluesky.

Where is the conference?

  • The conference will be at Durham University, Durham, UK hosted by the Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre (DCERC). The conference will take place in the Teaching and Learning Centre. Please see our ‘About Durham‘ page for more details about getting to and around Durham.

When is the conference?

  • The CES2024 conference is from the 9th to the 11th of September 2024, with arrival and accommodation from the 8th September onwards. It is immediately followed by the 2-day CES Transformation Fund Capstone Conference, also in Durham.

When does abstract submission open, and when is the deadline?

  • Abstract submission opens on 12th January 2024. The submission period will close on 11th March 2024 at 9am GMT. Please see our abstract submission page for details and how to submit.

Will there be a poster session as well as talks?

  •  Yes, posters will be on display during lunch and coffee breaks, and there will be a dedicated poster session with drinks reception. Please see our abstract submission page for details and how to submit a poster abstract.

Where can I stay?

  • Affordable accommodation in Durham University’s Collingwood College and Grey College will be provided, and can be requested during registration. You may prefer to stay in private accommodation around Durham City, in which case you should select the registration option that does not include a room, and arrange your own accommodation. Please use the information which will be available closer to the time on the ‘About Durham’ section of this website, especially the map of conference rooms and buildings, to help guide your choices. There are a range of private accommodation providers in Durham, including the Radisson Blu Hotel, Marriot Hotel, and Hotel Indigo, as well as budget options including Travelodge, Premier Inn, and local pubs with accommodation which can be searched on sites such as

I am an Early Career Researcher (ECR) coming to one of my first conferences, how do I find other ECRs?

  • We will be holding events tailored to ECRs at the conference, including a social event on the Sunday evening (8th September), and a lunch designed to facilitate conversations between ECRs and established members of the field. We have also put together an ECR Guidebook to conferences which will be shared soon on our Inclusivity page.

When is Early Bird registration?

  • Early Bird registration will open in February 2024 and run until 20th May 2024. Keep an eye on this website for more details and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Bluesky where we will also post updates.

Do students get a discount?

  • Please refer to our registration information page for a full breakdown of all registration charges. Students and CES members both benefit from a discount, and the discount is more significant for students who are CES members. The full cost of a year-long CES membership together with conference registration is lower than the cost of conference registration for non-members, so please consider registering as a CES member (using the new membership system on the new CES website to be released by the end of January).

Is any financial support available?

  • To increase accessibility to students, un/under-waged delegates, those who face extra barriers to attend, as well as attendees from low and middle income countries, we are committed to helping with travel grants and fee waivers to get people to CES2024 who otherwise couldn’t attend. The application process will occur separately from, and prior to, registration, and the results of applications to travel grants and fee waivers will be available before early bird registration ends on 20th May 2024.

How do I get to Durham?

  • Durham is accessible by train or car with good connections to Newcastle Airport and direct trains from London and Edinburgh (you may also consider Manchester). Please consider the sustainability of your travel choices and refrain from driving where possible. Please view our ‘About Durham’ page, to find out more.

I have a young child that has to travel with me, will there be crèche/childcare facilities?

  • We care about working parents, and we are planning to provide a crèche onsite for the whole conference, at no extra cost. Information regarding the crèche will be taken from you during registration.

I am chestfeeding my child, will there be facilities to accommodate this?

  • Yes, we are a chestfeeding-friendly conference and you are welcome to chestfeed anywhere on site. There will also be a lactation room for those who wish to use it.

I am neurodivergent/disabled, how will the conference accommodate my needs?

  • We will ensure we can accommodate as many different needs as possible across the conference. We will have a quiet room and lift access to the conference venue and have reserved accessible rooms in the college accommodation. You will be able to indicate any accessibility needs for presenting talks/posters (at abstract submission) and for general attendance (during registration). See the ‘Inclusivity‘ page for further information and announcements in the run-up to the conference.

Will there be a suitable space for me to pray during the conference?

  • Yes, Durham University’s Islamic Prayer Room is located close to the conference venue, and will be made available to our attendees. The room will be used as a multi-faith prayer room during the conference. We are also providing a quiet room which can be used for quiet activities including prayer.