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CogEvo 2019

Rovereto Workshop on Cognition and Evolution 

Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy
July 10 - 12, 2019
Palazzo Piomarta
Corso Bettini n. 84,  Rovereto (TN) – Italy

The goal of CogEvo 2019 is to provide a unique forum for researchers interested in cognition, neuroscience and evolution, to come together to discuss their research and develop new directions and collaborations.

The workshop distinguishes itself from larger conferences by hosting a small number of speakers (all invited) with no concurrent talks. In addition to the talks, there will be a poster session for young researchers to present their work.

Abstract submission: June 15th, 2019
Workshop registration: June 20th, 2019


The venue of the workshop is Palazzo Piomarta, Corso Bettini 84, Rovereto (TN)

Wednesday, July 10th

18.00 – Registration and Welcome reception

Thursday, July 11th

Morning session

8.30 – Registration
9.15 – Introduction to the Workshop from the Organizing Committee
9.30 – Toshiya Matsushima: The Gordian knot of imprinting
10.30 – Coffee break + poster session
11.30 – Koichi J. Homma: Imprinting as a primer for cognitive flexibility in newborn chick

12.30 – Lunch break on your own

Afternoon session

15.00 – Judit Gervain: Speech perception at birth and beyond: universal mechanisms and prenatal shaping
16.00 – Coffee break + poster session
17.00 – Ludwig Huber: Animal consciousness: new evidence or old wine in new skins?

Friday, July 12th

Morning session

9.30 – Ichiro Fujita: Dual processing of emotional face in the primate amygdala
10.30 – Coffee break + poster session
11.30 – Christine Nicol: Cognition in the Cage-Free Chicken

12.30 Lunch break on your own

Afternoon session

14.30 – Lars Chittka: The Mind of the Bee
15.30 – Coffee break + poster session
16.00 – Suzana Herculano-Houzel: Life slows down with more neurons in the cortex: consequences for cognitive evolution

17.00 – Closing remarks

18.30 – Social Dinner

Invited Speakers

 Lars Chittka 
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary - University of London, UK

 Ichiro Fujita 
Center for Information and Neural Networks - Osaka University, Japan

 Judit Gervain 
Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center - UMR 8002 CNRS & Université Paris Descartes, France

 Suzana Herculano-Houzel 
Department of Psychology and Biological Sciences - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

 Koichi J. Homma
Department of Life and Health Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Teikyo University, Japan

 Ludwig Huber 
Messerli Research Institut - University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

 Toshiya Matsushima 
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science - Hokkaido University, Japan

 Christine Nicol 
The Royal Veterinary College - University of London, UK

Scientific Organizers

  • Manuela Piazza
    University of Trento, Italy
  • Elena Lorenzi
    University of Trento, Italy
  • Lucia Regolin
    University of Padua, Italy
  • Valeria Anna Sovrano
    University of Trento, Italy
  • Elizabeth Spelke
    Harvard University, USA
  • Giorgio Vallortigara
    University of Trento, Italy

Abstract submission and workshop registration

Registration to CogEvo 2019 workshop is mandatory for all participants.


  • € 180 for external faculty members and non-academic participants
  • € 100 for external students and post docs

The fee includes welcome reception, welcome buffet and coffee breaks.

Social dinner (39 euro per person) is not included in the registration fee.

The fee can not be refunded.

Registration deadline: June 20th, 2019

Poster Session

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) should briefly state the background to the research, the methods used, the principal findings (no statistics), and the theoretical significance of the work. Please do not cite references in the abstracts. Each author can appear as first author on one poster only.

In order to present the poster at the workshop, every poster session participant will be provided with a freestanding bulletin board, approximately 125 cm high and 95 cm wide, on which to display the poster. Please make sure that your poster does not exceed these dimensions.

The programme of poster session will be available as soon as defined.

Submissions for poster presentations deadline: June 15th, 2019.

Abstract Award Winners

Five 200 Euro awards will be granted on a competitive basis at the workshop, on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only non-faculty first authored posters are eligible for the awards. The organizing committee will jointly decide the winning posters and will send emails with decisions to the winners.



We would like to remind that the conference venue is Rovereto.

We advise participants to contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Booking details should include as reference “CogEvo Workshop 2019 - University of Trento”, surname, length of stay and credit card details. Please, contact the hotel directly if there are any cancellations or changes to the reservation.

List of Hotels in Rovereto with reserved rooms

Rooms at these Hotels in Rovereto have been reserved for workshop participants for the nights of the 10, 11, 12 of July 2019.

  • Hotel Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until May 10, 2019
  • Hotel Leon D'Oro: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until May 31, 2019
  • Hotel Nerocubo: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until April 30, 2019
  • Hotel S. Ilario: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until June 10, 2019
  • Relais Mozart: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until June 24, 2019
  • Ostello di Rovereto: rooms will be reserved for participants of the conference until June 1, 2019

The list of hotels is available.
(Please, check fees of 2019 directly with the hotels)

Other accommodations in Rovereto

To have further information about other accommodations in Rovereto, please, go to the accommodation page of the Azienda per il turismo di Rovereto e Vallagarina.


The workshop, organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, will take place at Palazzo Piomarta, Corso Bettini 84 - Rovereto (TN), Italy.

How to reach Rovereto

By car
A22 Brennero Motorway, exit Ala-Avio, exit Rovereto sud/Lago di Garda nord and exit Rovereto nord. Create your own route with www.maps.google.com or www.viamichelin.com

By train
Rovereto Railway Station, on the Bologna-Brennero line. For timetables check the Trenitalia website

By plane
Rovereto is about 100 km from Verona airport (Valerio Catullo), 200 Km from Venice airport (Marco Polo), 215 Km from Milano-Linate airport, 170 km from Milano Bergamo airport, 203 from Bologna airport and 245 km from Milano Malpensa airport.

Before selecting the best airport for your departure make sure to check the “Airport directions to Rovereto” document.

VERONA AIRPORT Valerio Catullo: http://www.aeroportoverona.it/passeggeri_t5/
VENICE AIRPORT Marco Polo: http://www.veniceairport.it/
VENICE TREVISO AIRPORT A. Canova: http://www.trevisoairport.it/en/
MILANO LINATE AIRPORT : http://www.milanolinate.eu/it
MILANO MALPENSA AIRPORT: http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/it
BOLOGNA AIRPORT G. Marconi: http://www.bologna-airport.it/it/?LN=EN
MILANO BERGAMO AIRPORT Orio al Serio: http://www.sacbo.it/Airpor/portalProcess.jsp

Moving around by bus
You can use buses to move around the city or to reach nearby places. For further information about routes, timetables and connections, check the Trentino Trasporti website and the map (JPG | 114 KB).

Taxi service in Rovereto
at the Railway Station – Piazzale Orsi n. 9, tel. 0464 421365

Useful links
Rovereto and Vallagarina's Tourism Office: http://www.visitrovereto.it/
Autostrada del Brennero: http://www.autobrennero.it/it
Deutsche Bahn: http://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtm
Trenitalia: http://www.trenitalia.com/

About Rovereto

Set amid hills and vineyards, Rovereto is in the center of Valle dell’Adige, along the main road linking Trento and Verona.

We advise you to explore the city on foot, the streets of the city center are like a journey through different time periods:

the Middle Ages in the walls of Castelbarco
the dominion of the Republic of Venice in the home of the Podestà
the Eighteenth Century in the palazzi of Corso Bettini
the First World War in the rooms of the castle
Along the city streets, you can see the most important and prestigious Eighteenth century palazzi, from Accademia degli Agiati, to Teatro Zandonai, to the city library in palazzo Annona.

Many illustrous guests have visited the city. Perhaps the most famous is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who held his first concert in Italy in the church of San Marco.

In Rovereto you can visit museums of art, history and science such as Mart, Depero’s House of Futurist Art, the Italian War Museum and the City Museum Foundation.

Rovereto is also a City of Peace, as evidenced by the large memorial bell Campana dei Caduti. Cast using bronze of the cannons of the nations that took part in WWI, each evening its 100 tolls spread a universal message of peace.

Map of Rovereto with the main places of interest for CogEvo 2019 attendees 


Conference Office
Communication and Events Office – Polo Rovereto
University of Trento
Corso Bettini, 84, 38068 Rovereto (TN)
fax +39 0464 808459