The SCCS symposium 2000

An international symposium on
"Phylogeny of Cognition and Language"

By Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University
Sponsored by Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan

March 2nd to 5th, 2000

At Inuyama International Sightseeing Center "Freude"
And Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Inuyama, JAPAN


This symposium aims to illuminate the evolutionary basis of human cognition and behavior in terms of Comparative Cognitive Science. The purpose of the symposium is threefold. The first, it aims to give the comprehensive overview of the recent progress in this field. The second, it aims to exchange information among the researchers and to promote the mutual understanding between human studies and nonhuman studies (or between primate studies and nonprimate studies), between the laboratory work and the filed work, and the Western tradition and the Oriental wisdom. The third, it aims to give a rare opportunity for young scientists both in Japan and foreign countries to directly interact with the elder experts in the discipline. It might be still a bit cold in Japan in early March, but we welcome you to Inuyama, where you can enjoy bathing in a hot spring, visiting an old castle, and watching chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates.

Chair of the symposium: Tetsuro Matsuzawa (
Vice-chair of the symposium: Masaki Tomonaga (
Consulting Board: Shozo Kojima, Kazuo Fujita, Masuo Koyasu, Shigeru Watanabe, Masako Jitsumori
Secretary:Masayuki Tanaka, Nobuyuki Kawai, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi