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Annual Conference

'Evolutionary Psychology', 2nd-4th September 2016, Warwick University
Online booking has now closed, please contact secretary@oups.org.uk for availability.

Every year OUPS holds an applied psychology conference, inviting top psychologists to talk on a specific area of psychology. The aim is to provide delegates with the opportunity to hear a number of experts in the field presenting up to date research on a specific area of psychology. It aims to present a range of different perspectives on the topic and provide a forum for informed discussion.

These OUPS conferences have a reputation for attracting speakers of international standing and are attended by a range of delegates including undergraduates, graduates, academics and practitioners. The Conference is open to anybody who has an interest in the particular topic and not just to Open University students and tutors.

In 2016 the conference topic will be Evolutionary Psychology. Evolutionary psychology, with its highly articulate supporters and passionate opponents, is currently creating a few shock waves in the otherwise sedate world of British psychology. Evolutionary psychology tries to help us understand the ways in which we think and behave today in terms of their adaptive value in our evolution. There is an excellent overview on Evolutionary Psychology by Richard Stevens in the 2016 New Year edition of our newsletter, which can be downloaded here.


We have an excellent line up of confirmed speakers:

  • Helena Cronin, co-director, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, LSE
    ‘Sex at work: the truth about male—female differences’
  • Lisa M. DeBruine, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow
    ‘How do humans recognize kin?’
  • Paul Gilbert , professor at Derby; formerly head of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
    ‘The challenge of the evolved mind and the compassionate self’
  • Keith Jensen, University of Manchester
    'The Prosocial Primate'
  • David Leavens, senior lecturer, University of Sussex
    ‘The Ecology of Pointing’
  • Oliver Scott Curry, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
    ‘Explaining Morality: psychological and anthropological perspectives’
  • Glenn Wilson visiting Professor of Psychology at Gresham College (2009 to 2014]; Previously reader in Personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College
    ‘Sex wars: The evolutionary basis of male-female conflict’
  • Lance Workman visiting professor of psychology at the University of South Wales
    ‘How not to think about evolution’

The full programme for our conference can be downloaded here 2016 Conference - Evolutionary Psychology programme (updated 22nd August 2016).

Poster presentations

OUPS welcomes submissions for poster presentations from delegates to this conference.

The theme should relate to evolutionary psychology, bearing in mind that the conference attracts a wide-ranging audience, not all of them being devotees of EP. In other words, the content should be accessible to a wide range of psychologists.

Please submit a title and brief (50 -100 word) abstract to Frederick Toates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the cut-off date of August 1st, 2016.


The cost covers a standard room with shared bathroom for the whole weekend. A discounted rate is available for OUPS members. The cost includes all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. A number of ensuite rooms are available for an additional payment. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, welcome drink on Friday night and Saturday night disco. Non residential places are available for a reduced price, all meals are still included. Day rates for the conference can be given on application.


The weekend takes place at Conference Park, University of Warwick. Accommodation is in single bedrooms on campus.

Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.

Travel and directions

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