6th International Symposium: Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG)


In-person event

Timings 9.00am-5.35pm
Location In-person (RCPsych, London)
CPD 1 per hour, subject to peer approval
Higher Trainee/SAS£135
Core Trainee/Subsidised£90
Medical Student/FYD£65
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6th International Symposium: Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG)

Event Information

The Evolutionary Psychiatry SIG will be holding its 6th International Symposium at the RCPsych in London with a stellar line-up of speakers. Our keynote speakers have a unique mix of expertise and backgrounds including philosophy, psychology, primatology and of course, psychiatry. The symposium offers a unique opportunity to listen to and meet eminent speakers and delegates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. 

Registration for this event is now open. Book your place using the button above.

Please note that this event will take place in-person at the RCPsych HQ and will not be recorded or livestreamed.

A draft copy of the programme (PDF) is now available to view. Further details will be added in due course.

The event will take place in-person at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. View our visiting us page for further details.

The Citymapper website/app can help you plan your route within London, giving the best walking, cycling, bus and tube routes available. Use postcode E1 8BB as your destination

If you are a psychiatry core or specialty trainee in the UK, you are eligible to apply. The two winners will be invited to speak for 10 minutes each at the EPSIG International Symposium.

Medical students, foundation doctors and staff grade doctors are also eligible to apply in their own categories.

What you can win

  • Invitation to give a 10-min oral presentation at the EPSIG International conference held in-person on 22 November 2024 for the psychiatry core and specialty trainee winners only
  • £100 prize money for the winner of each of the five categories (medical student, foundation doctor, core trainee, specialty trainee, staff grade doctor)
  • A certificate for the runner-up in each of the above five categories
  • Winners and runner-ups will have their essay printed in the EPSIG Newsletter that is distributed to all EPSIG members (currently around 2700 psychiatrists and other professionals worldwide)

What you need to do

Write a 1500 - 2000 word essay (excluding references) relevant to Evolutionary Psychiatry.

The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be your own work.

The title is: "How an evolutionary perspective can improve our understanding of... (pick any one psychiatric condition)".

You may want to visit the EPSIG YouTube channel, listen to the 'Evolving Psychiatry' podcast (on all major platforms), or read our published newsletters at epsig.org for inspiration and information.

Email your submission to sigs@rcpsych.ac.uk with “Entry for EPSIG Essay prize” as the title by 1 September 2024.


The competition is open to psychiatry trainees (Core or Specialty) in the UK.

What we will do

Entries will be judged by a panel of three EPSIG Executive Committee members. Criteria for judging will include: clarity of expression, understanding of the evolutionary literature and evidence, testability of hypotheses or ideas, critical thinking and the overall ability to convey enthusiasm and originality.

The committee reserves the right not to award the prize if no entry reaching the agreed minimum standard is received.

Winners and highly commended other entrants will be informed by 15th October 2024.

We look forward to receiving your entry.

Please read our terms and conditions before making your booking.

For further information, please contact:

Email: bethany.shaheir@rcpsych.ac.uk

Contact Name: Bethany Shaheir

Contact number: 020 8618 4218

Event Location

Location: In-person (RCPsych, London)