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: Registration is open now, and you may find the link in the section below.

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


The abstract submission deadline has now passed. We are considering your abstracts carefully and will be in touch in due course.

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/



The conference registration fee includes tea/coffee breaks each day, lunch on Saturday, and the conference dinner. Registration will close on August 31st 2019 (or earlier if fully booked) and it will not be possible to register on site. Registration fees are:

  • Student (member): £90
  • Student (non-member): £100
  • Member: £115
  • Non-Member: £135

Please note that by clicking on the link below and registering for the conference, you agree to abide by the BABAO 2019 Annual Meeting Code of Conduct, which can be found here: http://babao.org.uk/assets/Uploads/BABAO-2019-Annual-Meeting-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

Registration link: https://tickets.nhm.ac.uk/webstore/shop/viewItems.aspx?cg=CON&c=BABAO

If you have already booked in for the conference, and noticed any irregularities / problems with booking, please share the details with us at: anthropology@nhm.ac.uk




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).


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.



BABAO will be offering up to 10 bursaries from our organisation’s funds that will cover the full cost of conference fees for members experiencing difficult financial circumstances. The 10 bursaries are available to BABAO members presenting their research in either a poster or podium presentation.

Five of the bursaries are available to student members, unwaged members, members working in the commercial sector or members working for a museum that does not provide any funds for conference attendance.

The other 5 bursaries have been ring-fenced for unwaged members, members working in the commercial sector or members working for a museum that does not provide any funds for conference attendance.

If you would like to apply for the BABAO conference bursaries, please register to attend the conference first and then email anthropology@nhm.ac.uk. The deadline to do so is Monday 5th August.

Please include confirmation of your qualifying status and a short statement (max 500 words) explaining how your personal circumstances make you eligible for support. If we receive more applications than bursaries we aim to select those who will benefit most from BABAO support. We will ask for proof of your qualifying status before bursaries are awarded. All information associated will your application will be stored anonymously for the purposes of financial reporting for a maximum of 7 years.


Outline Programme

Friday 13th September

Afternoon: Registration, Introduction and Welcome, Scientific Sessions

Evening: Welcome Drinks, Eastside Bar, Imperial College

Saturday 14th September

Morning:  Scientific sessions

Lunch, Poster session and AGM

Afternoon: Scientific Sessions

Evening: Conference Dinner & Quiz, Rembrandt Hotel

Sunday 15th September

Morning: Scientific sessions

Award of Student Prizes and Close

(Please note that posters will be put up on Saturday morning and remain on display in the foyer/refreshments area until the end of the conference)

Conference Dinner: The conference dinner and quiz will be at the Rembrandt Hotel, Cromwell Road, on Saturday 14th September at 7pm. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking by e-mailing anthropology@nhm.ac.uk.

Welcome Drinks: There will be an informal gathering at Eastside Bar (Imperial College Student’s Union) on the Friday evening from 6pm. This is just a few minutes’ walk from the Museum: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/food-and-drink/catering-outlets/eastside-restaurant-and-bar/