The Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
President: Prof. Antonino Zichichi

will host the
Directors of the School: Prof. Danilo Mainardi, Prof. Stefano Parmigiani

June 17-22, 2015
Erice, Sicily, ITALY

Workshop Organizer:

Dario Maestripieri (University of Chicago)


Purpose   Speakers   Schedule   Registration   Travel   Housing   E. Majorana Centre   About Erice

 Purpose of the Workshop

In conjunction with the launch of the new Springer scientific journal Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, the broad goal of this Workshop is to bring together researchers and students who conduct theoretical or empirical research on any aspects of adaptive human behavior (e.g., cooperation, affiliation and bonding, competition and aggression, sex and relationships, parenting, decision-making, including motivation, cognition, and emotion), with emphasis on approaches that also address the biological (e.g. neural, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, genetic) mechanisms controlling behavior.

The invited speakers include leading researchers in the fields of evolutionary biology/psychology/anthropology and behavioral/social neuroscience and neuroendocrinology. Specific goals of the Workshop are to reflect critically on the current state of the art in these fields and disciplines, and to identify and discuss major issues and future research themes, including the integration of complementary research approaches.

We encourage researchers, students, reporters, other professionals, and anyone interested in the theme of this Workshop  to register. There will be opportunities for post-docs to present their research as well as for informal interaction and discussion among all speakers and other workshop participants. During the workshop, a one-day excursion to visit nearby Greek temples is scheduled for all participants.

Speakers (to be confirmed)

Coren Apicella, University of Pennsylvania, USA
David Buss, University of Texas, USA
Justin Carré, Nipissing University, CANADA
Leda Cosmides, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Marco Del Giudice, University of New Mexico, USA
Ruth Feldman, Bar-Ilan University, ISRAEL
Daniel Fessler, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Mark Flinn, University of Missouri, USA
Steven Gangestad, University of New Mexico, USA
Peter Gray, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
Martie Haselton, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Markus Heinrichs, University of Freiburg, GERMANY
Ben Jones, University of Glasgow, UK
Dario Maestripieri, University of Chicago, USA
Pranjal Mehta, University of Oregon, USA
Jon Maner, Northwestern University, USA
David Puts, Penn State University, USA
James Roney, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Alicia Salvador, University of Valencia, SPAIN
Oliver Schultheiss, Friedrich-Alexander University, GERMANY
Alfonso Troisi, University of Rome, ITALY
Jack van Honk, Utrecht Universiteit, THE NETHERLANDS
Mark van Vugt, Vrije Universiteit, THE NETHERLANDS
Michelle Wirth, Notre Dame University, USA


   June 17, 2015: Arrival in Erice
   June 18, 2015: Presentations and discussion
   June 19, 2015: Presentations and discussion
   June 20, 2015: Excursion to Greek temples
   June 21: 2015: Presentations and discussion
   June 22: 2015: Departure from Erice


   Participant contributions for attending the workshop are:

   They cover conference materials, and lodging and meals during the workshop, including a one-day excursion to the Greek temples.

   Deadline for registration is April 1, 2015. People interested in attending the workshop should contact the workshop organizer as soon as possible, and no later than January 31, 2015, to obtain further information about registration. The workshop will be open to a limited number of registered participants on a first-come-first- serve basis.

   Contact information:

Travel to Erice

   By Air: The main airport near Erice is Palermo. Many major airlines fly into Palermo from Rome, Milan, or cities outside Italy. Low-cost airlines (e.g. RyanAir) offer flights to Trapani, a smaller airport but closer to Erice.

   By Train: There are trains to Trapani from Milan or Rome. From the Trapani train station, Erice can be reached by taxi.

   Arrival and Departure: All workshop participants must submit their travel itinerary (with day and time of arrival and departure, as well as their flight number) to the EM Centre staff by May 15, 2015. One June 17, 2015, transportation from Palermo or Trapani airport to Erice will be arranged by the EM Centre (NOTE: participants must arrive in Erice no later than 5 p.m.). Participants arriving at Palermo airport should look for the Ettore Majorana meeting point inside the terminal at the arrival gate, where the EM Centre driver will be waiting for them. On June 22, 2015, transportation to Palermo or Trapani airport will again be arranged by the Centre staff.

Housing and Meals

   Workshop participants will be lodged at the EM Centre or in hotels in Erice. All lodging arrangements will be made by the EM Centre staff. Workshop participants will be given meal coupons that can be used in selected restaurants in Erice.

About the Ettore Majorana Centre

   The Ettore Majorana Foundation and International Centre for Scientific Culture is named after a well-known Italian physicist born in Sicily in 1906. The Centre consists of 118 Schools, representing all scientific disciplines. Every year, the Centre hosts hundreds of workshops with thousands of participants from all countries around the world. For more information about the EM Centre, please visit this website:

About Erice

   Erice is a small town located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 m above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the low western coast toward Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo San Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily's north-western coast, providing spectacular views.

   In the northeastern portion of the city there are the remains of ancient Elymian and Phoenician walls indicating different stages of settlement and occupation in antiquity. There are two castles that remain in the city: the Pepoli Castle, which dates from Saracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus, where Venus Ericina was worshipped. According to the legend, the temple was founded by Aeneas.

   June is an excellent time of the year for visiting Sicily, as the weather is beautiful and there aren't as many tourists around as in July or August. The temperature in Erice is generally cooler than at sea level and thunderstorms are not unusual, even in the summer.