Chile 2018

The 2018 ISHE Congress will be held at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco on 3rd – 7th September 2018.

Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile, with an estimated population of 7 million people. It is located at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above sea level, surrounded by the Andes Mountains to the west, which are a natural frontier with Argentina.

The climate of Santiago is temperate Mediterranean, with distinct four seasons. The average temperature at the beginning of September is 12 – 18 degrees celsius during the day, and the minimum averages fluctuate between 2 and 5 degrees celsius.

The city outskirts are surrounded by rural towns, vineyards, and Santiago is within a few hours of both the mountains (1 hour drive) and the Pacific Ocean (Valparaiso is 120 kms away, 1.5 hour drive)

Chile is one of the most secure countries of Latin America, and has the third best quality of life, but is also a bit more expensive than other South American countries.

The University of Santiago de Chile (UdeSantiago), is one of the few Colleges with a fully integrated campus downtown, with more than 23.000 undergraduate students, 73 schools/ professional degrees; more than 400 students in 63 graduate programs (46 Master and 17 Ph. D). The University is accredited until 2020, and it is the third ranking University, and School of Psychology in Chile.

Founded in 1849 with the purpose of teaching arts and crafts, alumni include folk artists such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, it was the first technological state funded college in Chile.

The Evolution and Interpersonal Relationships Lab  was founded in 2013 by Dr. Ana María Fernandez, with the aim of studying interpersonal relationships from an evolutionary perspective. Its mission is to promote knowledge, research, and empirical applications of Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethology to interpersonal relationships and behaviour. The lab has close collaborations with the Center for Research in Social Complexity at Universidad del Desarrollo and the Animal and Human Behavior Lab at University of Playa Ancho. All three institutions will be involved in the ISHE 2018 local organisation.

The main goals of the laboratory and the local network are to train researchers and young academics in the field, to conduct research, and to collaborate with the incipient evolutionary informed researchers of human behavior at a national level. We aim as well maintain the exchange and collaboration with the international community, which up to date has consisted in visits from students and professors from Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain, Netherlands, and the United States.


We are currently looking into the possibility to organise a field trip to the Galapagos islands after the conference. We will keep you posted on this matter.

photos by: Michael Ertel, Rodrigo Pizarro, Carlos Yo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Jorge Barrios, Pablo arturo millar figueroa