Welcome to HBES Virtually Everywhere!

The host and program committees of #HBES2021 are excited to engage our members in an action-packed, fully customized, online conference experience. Here, you will find all of the information you need to join us Virtually Everywhere this summer!

HBES 2021 will take place June 24 – July 2. To avoid computer burnout, the conference days will be shorter than usual (~4 hours), but spread out over more days than our typical in-person meetings. Meeting times will vary by day to help accommodate various time zones.

Conference dates and times:

Times subject to change on final program

TR June 24, 12pm – 4pm EDT

FR June 25, 12pm – 4pm EDT

ST June 26, 12pm – 4pm EDT

MN June 28, 6pm – 10pm EDT

TE June 29, 6pm – 10pm EDT

TR July 1, 12pm – 4pm EDT

FR July 2, 12pm – 4pm EDT

HBES Virtually Everywhere will be hosted on the ohyay platform and is a fully-customized online conference where you can 1) grab a coffee with colleagues before heading to a talk, 2) sing karaoke with your friends, or 3) discuss future collaborations at the hotel bar!

For the best virtual experience, we recommend all attendees use Chrome on a plugged-in computer, and strongly encourage the use of headphones so that everyone has a better auditory experience.

We look forward to seeing you all!

The Program Committee: Aaron Lukaszewski, Jaimie Krems, Anne Pisor, Cari Goetz
The Host Committee: Coren Apicella, Chris von Rueden, Nicole Barbaro



Mark your calendars! Here are the important dates you need to know.

Invited Addresses

The Program Committee is thrilled to have invited plenary addresses from Michael Bang Petersen (Aarhaus University), Magdalena Hurtado (Arizona State University), Michael Muthukrishna (London School of Economics), Annie Wertz (Max Planck Institute for Human Development), Melissa Wilson (Arizona State University), and a Keynote Address from Richard Wrangham (Harvard University).

Click each speaker’s photo to read their bio and abstract for #HBES2021 (information added as it becomes available).

Abstract Submission & Registration

Submission portals and conference registration forms are provided below. Please ensure you are submitting to the correct abstract submission form (symposium OR individual talk/poster). HBES members get FREE registration. Join or renew today! If you are having trouble logging into your account or are unsure of your membership status, please contact the Communications Officer for assistance.

Even if you already submitted an abstract for the original in-person conference in Palm Springs, you still need to submit (again) for the virtual meeting. We are a separate host and program committee. Thank you!

The symposium submission form requires that ALL FOUR abstracts be submitted together in this form by the symposium chair. Please make sure that you have all abstracts and associated information ready BEFORE starting this form (requirements stated on the portal page).


Click to go to the symposium submission portal (submission close April 23).

The individual submission form is for individual abstract submissions for posters and talks. Please make sure that you have all associated information ready BEFORE starting this form (requirements stated on the portal page).   Click to go to the individual submission portal (submissions open April 16; submission close April 23).

Three conference awards will be presented at the 2021 Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference: the New Investigator Award, which is awarded to a graduate student (or someone who defended their Ph.D. in 2019 or 2020), the Post-Doctoral Research Award, which is awarded to an individual who received their PhD within the past 6 years (no earlier than 2015), and the Best Poster Award, which is awarded to the individual who presented the best poster at the HBES conference. To be eligible for the New Investigator or Post-Doctoral Awards, individuals must submit a manuscript corresponding with the abstract they have submitted for a talk. Your manuscript can have co-authors, but you must be the first author on the manuscript, and the manuscript must predominantly describe your own work. Note that the manuscript can be “in prep” (e.g., a pre-print), under review, or accepted for publication. A committee will review all eligible manuscripts and select three finalists for each award. These three finalists will give talks in a single session during the conference. Award winners will be selected based on these talks, and awards will be presented at the end of the conference. Note that individuals who submit as part of a symposium can also be considered for an award. All posters will be eligible for the Best Poster Award. You need not contact us to be considered for the Best Poster Award. Manuscripts should be submitted together with the abstract (there will be an option to upload the manuscript in the abstract submission form), and they must be received by April 23, 2021. Please note that HBES also will award Society Awards (Early Career Award, Lifetime Career Award, and the Margo Wilson Award) at the conference. These awards are made by committees appointed by the Executive Council and the EHB Editor. More information about these awards can be found here.

Registration will open on May 1, 2021. The link will be provided here on that date.

Registration is FREE for members. Not an HBES member? Join or renew today!

Registration will open on May 1, 2021. The link will be provided here on that date.

#HBES2021 Merch!

Click here to view our merchandise store to purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and coffee mugs.

Note: Purchases will be shipped in monthly ‘batches’ — the earlier you order, the sooner you get your merch!

HBES wants to see your Virtually Everywhere experience!

Use the hashtag #HBES2021 on Twitter when posting about your conference experience, and follow the @HumBehEvoSoc for updates throughout the conference.

See you online!