Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes

20 - 22 November 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

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  • Summary

    This new conference will celebrate the maturity of the ancient DNA field.
    The meeting will bring together genomic specialists, palaeontologists,
    archaeologists, primatologists, medical geneticists and other researchers
    interested in human evolution.

    The combination of genome sequencing tools, recent archaeological and
    palaeontological discoveries is reshaping our understanding of both human
    evolution and history. This meeting will highlight the emerging
    archaeological discoveries and advances in ancient DNA methods that are
    transforming the field. For example, we will explore the use of
    genomic tools and large-scale analysis of ancient nuclear DNA to
    deciphering population mixing, complex migration patterns and the role of
    adaptive introgression in human evolution. The meeting will also include
    discussions of current developments and challenges of characterising the
    evolution and changing ecology of the human microbiome and the use of
    non-humans such as apes and other model species to learn about our own

    We encourage participation from researchers and specialists interested in
    disseminating and learning the latest cutting-edge advances in sample
    analysis, genomic techniques and analytical tools used to study human

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday, 20 November
    and close at approximately 14.00 on Wednesay, 22 November 2017.

    Scientific topics include

    • Ancient DNA advances and emerging archaeological discoveries
    • Large-scale analysis of ancient nuclear DNA
    • Origins of modern humans and the importance of Africa
    • Migration of modern humans from Africa into East Asia and the Americas
    • Archaic introgression
    • Human microbiome evolution
    • Apes and other model species
    • Human evolution, adaptation and disease

    View the conference programme here.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Jonathan Pritchard Stanford University, USA
    Chris Tyler-Smith Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Michael Westaway Griffith University, Australia
    Yali Xue Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

    Keynote speakers
    Svante Pääbo Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
    Chris Stringer Natural History Museum, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    Qiaomei Fu Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    Brenna Henn Stony Brook University, USA
    Janet Kelso Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
    Johannes Krause Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany
    Tomas Marques-Bonet Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Spain
    Marta Mirazon Lahr University of Cambridge, UK
    Rasmus Nielsen
    University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Jonathan Pritchard Stanford University, USA
    Molly Przeworski Columbia University, USA
    Lluis Quintana-Murci Institut Pasteur, France
    David Reich Harvard Medical School, USA
    Christina Warinner University of Oklahoma, USA
    Michael Westaway Griffith University, Australia
    Eske Willerslev University of Cambridge, UK

    Conference organiser
    Zoey Willard
    Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £296
    Student On site twin accommodation £400
    Student On site single accommodation £466
    Academic No accommodation £396
    Academic On site twin accommodation £500
    Academic On site single accommodation £566
    Commercial No accommodation £496
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £600
    Commercial On site single accommodation £666


    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 20 and 21 November 2017.
    Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas

    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application, once your application has been successful. Note
    that letters will be provided to confirmed attendee only.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website and information for general visitors and business

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 12 September 2017

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