22nd Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology

NOTICE: As of March 27, 2020, a decision has not yet been made on whether to hold the 2020 Annual Conference, and if held, whether to hold it online. Please visit this FAQ page for information and thoughts from the Board regarding the COVID-19 situation. We are staying updated on the latest information and will update this page and the FAQ regularly. Our call for abstracts remains open (see information below).

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

Dates: Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September 2020

Location: Teesside University

Registration: Registration will be open at a later stage. Please check back here for updates.

Call For Papers

Dear all,

The preparations for the 2020 BABAO conference are well underway. Teesside University is delighted to be able to host the event, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you.

We would like to take this opportunity to officially launch our Call for Papers. As it stands, we are expecting to have podium sessions on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning. Podium presentations will run for 15 minutes, followed by a few minutes for questions. Poster sessions are likely to run on the Saturday and Sunday.

Those hoping to present a talk or poster at the conference should submit their abstract to Prof Tim Thompson (t.thompson[at]tees.ac.uk) by 30th June 2020 using the template attached: https://babao.org.uk/assets/Uploads/BABAO-2020-Abstract-submission.docx

The conference committee will assess all the abstracts, once the deadline has passed. The quality of research, nature of the research, and number of abstract submissions will all be taken into account during this process. Abstracts are expected to be a maximum of 250 words and should not include references, figures, or illustrations. The file name should start with the surname of the first author.

We welcome submissions across all disciplines within the BABAO family, but note that in keeping with the theme of celebrating the Tees Valley and the north-east during the conference, we will have sessions specifically focused on The Environment, Industry & Industrialisation, and Migrants & Migration. We are happy to hear from you if you have an idea for another session theme.

All the best,
Tim, Dave and Amber


The applications are not yet open for this year's conference bursaries. However, keep your eyes peeled on this page for updates.

BABAO offers 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 five 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. All information associated will your application will be stored anonymously for the purposes of financial reporting for a maximum of 7 years.