Human Evolution

30 October–1 November 2019

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

From fossils to ancient and modern genomes


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.


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 and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Marta Mirazon Lahr
University of Cambridge, UK

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

Michael Westaway
The University of Queensland, Australia

Yali Xue
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Keynote Speakers

Robert Foley
University of Cambridge, UK

Chris Tyler-Smith
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Confirmed speakers

Joshua Akey – Princeton University, USA
Susana Carvalho – University of Oxford, UK
Chris Clarkson – University of Queensland, Australia
Anna Di Rienzo – University of Chicago, USA
Russell Gray – Max Planck Institute, Germany
Garrett Hellenthal – University College London, UK
Asifa Majid – University of York, UK
Maria Martinon-Torres – CENIEH, Spain
Iain Mathieson – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Lisa Matisoo-Smith – University of Otago, New Zealand
Carina Schlebusch – Uppsala University, Sweden
Sarah Tishkoff – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kira Westaway – Macquarie University, Australia

Conference organiser

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

How to apply

Early bird discount
(until 6 August)

Standard rate
(after 6 August)
Student No accommodation £268 £368
Student On-site twin accommodation £374 £474
Student On-site single accommodation £438 £538
Academic No accommodation £368 £468
Academic On-site twin accommodation £474 £574
Academic On-site single accommodation £538 £638
Commercial No accommodation £468 £568
Commercial On-site twin accommodation £574 £674
Commercial On-site single accommodation £638 £738

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.

Please visit the following websites for further information:

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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.


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: 17 September 2019

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

  1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
  2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
  3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
  4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.

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).

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