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

02–04 November 2021

Virtual from 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.

Sessions will run in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas and will be available for delegates to view for four weeks after the event.


The conference will run from Tuesday, 02 November until Thursday, 04 November 2021. Sessions will start at 13:00 GMT and finish at approximately 18:00 GMT each day.  See the time where you are here.

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

Registration and bursaries

Registration deadline: 28 October 2021
Bursary deadline: 7 September 2021

Registration rate
Student & non-established archaeologist £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

Registration includes:

  • access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
  • live-stream sessions, including posters and online networking channels
  • recordings of the live-stream sessions, available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends.

*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 and would like to apply for a bursary, please follow the instructions below.


A limited number of bursaries are available to cover up to 100% of the registration fee.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application via this unique link (available soon) before the bursary deadline. For your application to be considered and your place reserved, you must also submit the following supporting documents:

  • letter stating financial need and explaining how you will benefit from attending the event
  • brief CV.

We will be contact with the result of your application shortly after the bursary deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser.


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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