Human Evolution - From Fossils to Ancient and Modern Genomes (Virtual Conference)

November 2nd - 4th 2021

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK


The conference aims at bringing together population and evolutionary geneticists, archaeologists, linguists, 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 genetic and linguistic 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 human evolution and disease, population structure, palaeoanthropology as well as languages and culture.


We hope to include in-person elements to events when local and government guidelines permit, and aim to resume our face-to-face programme as soon as it is safe to do so. Otherwise, this conference will be held as a virtual event.

The conference will start approximately at 12.30 (GMT) on Tuesday, 02 November and close at approximately 18.00 (GMT) on Friday, 04 November 2021.

Topics will include:

  • Human Evolution and disease
  • Ancient and modern genetic admixture
  • Inferring human demography from genomic data
  • Population Structure
  • Human Adaptation
  • Palaeoanthropology / Human Evolution
  • Languages, culture and history

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Marta Mirazon Lahr
University of Cambridge, UK

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

Carina Schlebusch
Uppsala University, Sweden

Michael Westaway
The University of Queensland, Australia

Keynote speakers

Anna Di Rienzo
University of Chicago, USA

Jean-Jacques Hublin
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

Confirmed speakers

Aida Andres – UCL, UK
Michael Campbell – Howard University, USA
Michael Dannemann – University Tartu, Estonia
Michael  Dunn – Uppsala University, Sweden
Anne-Maria Fehn – CIBIO, Portugal
Qiaomei Fu – Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Yohannes Haile-Selassie – Cleveland Museum of Natural History, USA
Kseniya Kolobova – Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Novosibirsk, Russia
Iain Mathieson – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Priya Moorjani – UC Berkeley, USA
Andres Moreno Estrada – Langebio, Cinvestav, Mexico
Marc Oxenham – University of Aberdeen, UK
Etienne Patin – Institut Pasteur, France
Emma Pomeroy – University of Cambridge, UK
Rihlat Said-Mohamed – University of Cambridge, UK


Conference organiser

Jemma Hume, Conference & Events Organiser
Jane Murphy, Scientific Programme Officer

How to apply

Virtual conference rate  
Student 50£
Delegates from LMICs* 50£
Academic 100£
Commercial 150£

The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

* To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here). If you are in need of financial support to cover the registration fees and would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

Bursary deadline: 28 September 2021

Registration deadline: 05 October 2021

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.


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: 07 September 2021

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 videos from 2019 meeting

A change of climate: The impact of recent research on our understanding of human evolution

Keynote lecture by Robert Foley (University of Cambridge, UK) at Human Evolution 2019

Human Evolutionary Studies

Keynote lecture by Chris Tyler Smith (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK) at Human Evolution 2019

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