The Mind of the Chimpanzee Conference

Since we’re kinda on this whole primate cognition and primatology conference kick, especially with  two recent posts about those subjects, I wanted to share with you what seems will be an awesome conference on chimpanzee cognition.

The conference is called ‘The Mind of the Chimpanzee‘ and is hosted by the Lincoln Zoo. It will start in about two weeks time, on March 22nd 2007, and last for several days.

From what I can tell this conference has been hush-hush but its packing big names in the primatology field. Some of the guest speakers that you may recognize are Drs. Jane Goodall, Frans de Waal, Crickette Sanz, Duane Rumbaugh, Katie Slocombe, Michael Tomasello, and I could go on and on. Not only do they have an outstanding lineup of guest speakers but I’m extremely partial to this subject matter.

So the whole purpose of me posting this, aside from spreading the news about this already exclusive conference, is that if there are any readers out there who are attending please share with us your thoughts after you attend. If you have an pictures or videos please put them up.

I really want to know more about what was discussed, but unfortunately even if there wasn’t a massive waitlist to attend, I’ll be neck deep in finals week then and can’t attend. Sucks how things work out that way. I hope the press picks up some pieces about this conference.

5 thoughts on “The Mind of the Chimpanzee Conference

  1. I’m “catching up” on your blog, so just saw this. I did attend the conference, and it was terrific – so much good information and research shared, it was a bit overwhelming.

    The New York Times had a good summary of the event, and a bit of a puff piece on Jane Goodall. If those are both “premium” links and you can’t get access, let me know (I’m presuming you have access to my email address through your comment screener; but if not, answer this comment and I’ll check back!).

    Among the many fun things shared, these (and other) film clips from the Primate Research Institute in Kyoto. You asked in another post about Lisa Parr’s research. Here’s a good website on the ChimpFACS system, and a newsy article about the cool 3-D modeling she did with it.

  2. Hi Marilyn,

    That’s awesome you attended the conference. I’m jealous!

    As far as the New York Times articles, they are closed access to me. I tried to put in my NYT account, and it seems like I don’t have access. Could you please make a PDF or simply cut and paste the text of the articles and email it to me? I’d be very grateful.

    And thanks for tracking down some information on Lisa Parr and her research, as well as the film clips. The people at the Primate Research Institute should put up these videos on YouTube!

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