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The Evolution of Innovation (Prof. Kevin Laland)

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Register for this exciting “Lecture”, hosted by CUTEC. Our speaker Prof. Kevin Laland from the Univeristy of St Andrews will talk about the evolution on innovation.

Innovation is an important component of behavioural flexibility. As we all know, innovation refers to the use of a better and, as a result, novel idea or method. It is the driving force behind economic growth and progress. New enterprises are founded based on innovation, whether it is an innovative product or an innovative business approach. But where does our drive and capacity to innovate come from? Prof. Laland extensively researched social learning, innovation, and tool use in animals such as primates. He will explain how this contributed to evolution of cognition and culture. Kevin Laland is certainly going to teach us something about ourselves, hopefully explaining how we can exploit these findings to improve our innovation capabilities.

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Prof. Kevin Laland (Univeristy of St Andrews): Kevin is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews, where he is a member of the Centre for Social learning and Cognitive Evolution, the Centre for Genes and Genomics, the Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences, and the Scottish Primate Research Group. After completing his PhD at University College London, Laland held a Human Frontier Science Programme fellowship at UC Berkeley, followed by BBSRC and Royal Society University Research fellowships at the University of Cambridge, before moving to St Andrews in 2002. He has published over 200 scientific articles and 10 books on a wide range of topics related to animal behaviour and evolution, particularly social learning, cultural evolution and niche construction. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, and the recipient of both an ERC Advanced Grant and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.


March 5
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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