Digital program: Learning from non-human animal communication

Introduction to studying communication in non-human animals and how it can teach us about ourselves.

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15:00 - 16:00, sön. 21 apr.



Many people believe that our human propensity for language makes us unique and sets us apart from other animals. However, many of the 9 million species on this planet developed their own forms of communication, some of which share features with language. These findings suggest that we may not be as different as we think. Studying features that we share with others may uncover which set of biological and social conditions were necessary for language to evolve in humans. In this talk, learn more about the study of non-human animal communication and how it can teach us about ourselves.

This year we are happy to present you an additional program which will be held online.
We deliver a series of lectures directly to your home: every evening at 6 PM and even at 3 PM on Sunday, join us for an interactive lecture and dig into one of many exciting topics.
Join the lectures directly on this page, in the video above where you can ask your questions directly to our brilliant lecturers. If you're feeling a bit extra you are most welcome on our hub in Hiberworld, where you will find the live broadcasts and much more! Discover more content of the festival, visit previous year's worlds created by our visitors online and join a fun obstacle course. Feeling intrigued? Click on the link on the right side of your screen and dig into the festival's digital world.


Koen de Reus, PhD student, Comparative Bioacoustics, Max Planck Institute