Future events

EPSIG International Symposium - 10 March 2023

The Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group 5th International Symposium is being held at Prescot Street on Friday 10 March 2023. 

For further details and to book, please visit our Evolutionary Psychiatry SIG Meeting 2023 event page.

Evolutionary Psychiatry (EP) Workshop 

27 February 2023, 10am - 5pm

RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London

We held a 1-day face-to-face workshop on Evolutionary Psychiatry (EP) at the College in London on 27 January 2023 aimed at interested trainees within the UK as part of the EPSIG trainee engagement programme.  

Evolutionary Psychiatry SIG Annual Conference

29 October 2021 - 9am - 5pm

Online via Zoom

The Executive Committee of the Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group are delighted to announce that the 4th International Evolutionary Psychiatry Symposium due to take place on 29 October 2021 via Zoom is now open for registration. The symposium features a line-up 6 keynote speakers who are leading evolutionary thinkers and authors representing a wide diversity of disciplines and backgrounds. We hope that you will join us for this landmark evolutionary psychiatry event. 

The Darwinian Roots of Attachment Theory - Half day webinar

19 March 2021 - 1:30pm - 4.30pm

Please see programme (PDF) from the day and you can view a recording of the event in your own time. Presentations are below:

Charles Darwin RCPsych Evolutionary Psychiatry SIG prize

The EPSIG are now accepting entries for this year's essay prize. 

What you can win:

  1. Invitation to give a 10-min oral presentation at the EPSIG International conference held in-person on 10th March 2023 for the winners (and posters for highly commended other entrants)
  2. £250 pound prize money for each of the two categories
  3. Certificate
  4. Have your essay printed in the EPSIG Newsletter that is distributed to all EPSIG members (currently around 2,200 psychiatrists and other professionals worldwide)
What you need to do:

Write a 4,000-word essay (including references) relevant to Evolutionary Psychiatry. The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be your own work. Suggested titles are "Major mismatches which cause mental disorder"; "The gap between evolutionary explanations and clinical applications" and "What are the most important contributions evolution has made to the understanding of mental disorder?". You may also pick your own title or topic if something particularly interests you. You may want to visit the EPSIG YouTube channel at, listen to the 'Evolving Psychiatry' podcast (on all major platforms), or read our published newsletters at for inspiration and information.

Email your submission to with “Entry for EPSIG Essay prize” as the title by 3 January 2023.


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 1 February 2023.

We look forward to receiving your entry.


Dr Derek Tracy and Dr Riadh Abed - Mental health from an evolutionary perspective – 21 May 2020

Dr Derek Tracy and Dr Riadh Abed hosted a special event for RCPsych staff on Thursday 21 May to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.

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