Human Evolution

30 October - 01 November 2019Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 06 August 2019
  • Bursary deadline 20 August 2019
  • Abstract deadline 03 September 2019
  • Registration deadline 01 October 2019

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From fossils to ancient and modern genomes

  • Summary

    The conference aims at bringing together population and evolutionary geneticists, archaeologists, palaeontologists, primatologists and medical geneticists to discuss advances in the field of 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.

    This year’s conference will not only focus on human demography, genetic admixture and adaptation but will also explore the evolution of technological innovations, languages and behaviour in human evolution as well as human diversity and dispersal.

  • Programme

    The conference will start approximately at 12.30 on Wednesday, 30 October and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 01 November 2019.

    Topics will include:

    • Human demography
    • Ancient and modern genetic admixture
    • Adaptation
    • The evolution of technological innovations
    • Insights from palaeoanthropology
    • Languages, behaviour and history
    • Human diversity and dispersals


  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Marta Mirazon Lahr

    Marta Mirazon Lahr
    University of Cambridge, UK

    Lluis Quintana-Murci

    Lluis Quintana-Murci
    Institut Pasteur & Collège de France, France

    Michael Westaway

    Michael Westaway
    The University of Queensland, Australia

    Yali Xue

    Yali Xue
    Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

    Confirmed speakers

    A list of speakers will be announced shortly


    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Scientific Programme Officer
    Jemma Beard, Conference and Event Organiser

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 6 August)

    Standard rate
    (after 6 August)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    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.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 30 October and 31 October 2019. 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
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

    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.

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  • 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 conference.

    Abstract deadline: 3 September 2019

  • Bursaries

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

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 20 August 2019

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

  • Sponsors
  • Keynote lecture video from 2017 meeting

    Ancient DNA and its application to human evolution

    Keynote lecture Svante Pääbo (Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany) at Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes (20-22 November 2017).