EVOLANG 1, 1996: The (so-called) First International Conference on the Evolution of Language was hosted by the University of Edinburgh in April 1996. The main instigators were Chris Knight and Jim Hurford. A book resulting from the conference appeared later -- 1998 Approaches to the Evolution of Language: social and cognitive bases, edited by James R Hurford, Michael Studdert-Kennedy and Chris Knight. Cambridge University Press. See http://www.infres.enst.fr/confs/evolang/edinbook.html.
EVOLANG 2, 1998: After the first conference there was a consensus that we should do it again, but not too often. Thus the biennial routine was set. The Second International Conference on the Evolution of Language was hosted by the University of East London in April 1998, with Chris Knight as local organizer. A book resulting from the conference appeared later --2000 The Evolutionary Emergence of Language: Social function and the origins of linguistic form, edited by Chris Knight, Michael Studdert-Kennedy and James R Hurford. Cambridge University Press. See http://www.infres.enst.fr/confs/evolang/Londonbook.html.
EVOLANG 3, 2000: This took place in Paris, organized locally by Jean-Louis Dessalles, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST). The book emerging from this conference was edited by Alison Wray, titled The Transition to Language, published by Oxford University Press (2002). This conference marked a significant upgrade in professional management. For the programme, see http://www.infres.enst.fr/confs/evolang/program.html.
EVOLANG 4, 2002: This was at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, organized locally by Tecumseh Fitch. For details, see http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/evolang/2002/. The book to emerge from this conference was edited by Maggie Tallerman, titled Language Origins: Perspectives on Evolution, published by Oxford University Press (2005).
EVOLANG 5, 2004: This was hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and locally organized by Bernard Comrie. For details, see http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/evolang/2004/. Though the conference was a success, no book publication ensued. This was the first conference in the series at which the acronym EVOLANG became current.
EVOLANG 6, 2006: This was held at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, locally organized by Angelo Cangelosi. For details, see http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/socce/evolang6/. At this conference, a full book of all the submitted papers was produced and circulated at the conference. It was produced and published by World Scientific (Singapore) with the title 'The Evolution of Language', edited by Angelo Cangelosi, Andrew Smith and Kenny Smith.
EVOLANG 7, 2008: This was held at the CosmoCaixa (Museum of Science) in Barcelona, locally organized by Ramon Ferrer i Cancho of the Universitat de Barcelona. For details, see http://stel.ub.edu/evolang2008/. As for the previous conference, a full book of all the submitted papers was produced and circulated at the conference. It was produced and published by World Scientific (Singapore) with the title 'The Evolution of Language', edited by Ramon Ferrer i Cancho, Andrew Smith and Kenny Smith.
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS) of Utrecht University, the Netherlands, hosts the 8th International conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang8).