21st Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology

BABAO provides a forum for discussion and intellectual exchange for professionals and students in all areas of biological anthropology.

Dates: Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September 2019

Location: Natural History Museum, London

Registration: The conference registration fee includes tea/coffee breaks each day and lunch on Saturday. The conference dinner and drinks at the welcome gathering are not included. Registration will open shortly and the link will be posted here.

Organising Committee for BABAO 2019:

  • Dr Heather Bonney
  • Prof Ian Barnes
  • Dr Silvia Bello
  • Dr Selina Brace
  • Linzi Harvey
  • Dr Louise Humphrey
  • Dr Rachel Ives
  • Dr Karen Swan
  • Jennifer White

Abstract Submission

Please send abstracts as a Word document to anthropology@nhm.ac.uk. The document should include:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of lead author and co-authors
  • E-mail address of lead author
  • Preference for podium or poster format
  • Abstract title and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

The lead author’s name should be included in the file name. Scientific abstracts should include the aims and objectives, material and methods, brief results and discussion. Images and references should not be included. It is understood that not all abstracts will take this format (e.g. site reports). Abstracts that are missing any of the required information or exceed the word count will not be accepted.

Indicative session themes are: Ethics in Bioarchaeology, Palaeopathology, Forensic Anthropology & Archaeology, Biomolecular methods, and Funerary Archaeology.

Posters would need to be a maximum of A0 (841 x 1189 mm) and must be in portrait orientation.


Data collected from the abstract information submission forms will be managed according to our policies, see: http://www.babao.org.uk/data-protection/


Code of Conduct

By regsitering for the conference, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this year's Annual Meeting Code of Conduct (http://babao.org.uk/assets/Uploads/BABAO-2019-Annual-Meeting-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), and that a breach of this Code of Conduct may result in your registration being rescinded without refund, and refusal of admittance to the conference venue.




Accommodation may be booked at Prince Gardens and Beit Hall, both just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Museum. Bookings may be made online (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/summer-accommodation/), on the telephone (02075949507) or via e-mail (vacenquiries@imperial.ac.uk).

Indicative rates in April 2019 were £84/n for a single room and £126/n for a double.

Accommodation is also available at the Grange Strathmore Hotel, which is a five-minute walk from the museum. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for £114+VAT per night, using the discount code BABAO2019. 


Location and transport

The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington, London. The meeting will be held in the Flett Theatre. Conference attendees should use the Flett Theatre entrance on Exhibition Road. The nearest tube station is South Kensington. Please note that it is not step free. Gloucester Road station is approximate 7 minutes’ walk and is step-free.

Further information and a map are available here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit.html



Gloucester Road station is approximately 7 minutes' walk from the Museum and has step-free exit from the Piccadilly Line. There is a step-free exit, and interchange between the District/Circle and Piccadilly lines at Earl's Court. There is an accessible bus stop at Harrington Road. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements or queries on the registration form or via anthropology@nhm.ac.uk


Student Prizes

The Jane Moore Prize and the Bill White Prize will be awarded to the best student podium and poster presentations, respectively. Students wishing to be considered for the prizes must be BABAO student members and have paid their subscription by the abstract submission deadline of June 10th.

After your abstract has been confirmed as accepted by the Conference Organising Committee, to be considered for a student prize you must submit a .pdf of your Powerpoint slides or poster presentation via e-mail to: anthropology@nhm.ac.uk by 10 September 2019.

Multi-authored abstracts are acceptable, but the student must be the lead researcher and first author.

A panel of competition judges will review all .pdf entries during the meeting and the winners of the competition will be announced at the close of the meeting.

There will be four cash prizes (winner and runner-up in each category). We will delete all .pdfs immediately after the conference.