Formed in 1998, The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) promotes the study of biological (or physical) anthropology for the purpose of understanding the physical development of the human species from the past to the present.

Biological anthropologists study biological evolution and variation. This may include the study of primatology, hominines, medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, and bioarchaeology, with the latter focusing on archaeological human remains, including palaeopathology or the study of ancient disease.

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

Cranfield University is delighted to be hosting the 20th annual BABAO conference.

Scientific Committee for BABAO 2018:

  • Dr Nicholas Márquez-Grant (Cranfield University)
  • Dr Charlene Greenwood (Cranfield University)
  • Professor Peter Zioupos (Cranfield University)
  • Mr Roland Wessling (Cranfield University)
  • Dr Dario Piombino-Mascali  (Vilnius University and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University)
  • Dr Paola Ponce (University of York)
  • Dr Heather Bonney (Natural History Museum)

 

The initial preliminary programme for the BABAO Conference 2018 can be found here. This initial programme is subject to change and will be updated as and when any changes are made.





Abstract Presentations and Student Prize Information

Abstract submission has now closed and those who have submitted will have been contacted.

Poster presentations should be a maximum size of A1 and should be in portrait orientation (we will not be able to display landscape posters). Podium presentations should be 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes for questions.

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 members and have paid their subscription by the abstract submission deadline on Friday 8 June 2018.

To be considered for a student prize you must submit a pdf of your Powerpoint slides or poster presentation via email to babao2018@cranfield.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 31 August 2018.

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.


If you have any questions about abstract submission please contact us.

Bursaries

The deadline for bursary applications was Saturday 23 June. The awarding of bursaries will be decided by BABAO who will communicate their decision by Friday 6 July.

 



Keynote Speakers

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of sponsorship options available for the BABAO Annual Conference 2018. If you are interested in sponsoring the BABAO Annual Conference 2018 or would like to discuss other possible sponsorship options please get in touch with us.

Conference Sponsor package includes: an exhibition space (including a table and 2 chairs), logo on the conference delegate bags, an advert in the conference programme, logo on our conference page on our website, a delegate bag insert, refreshments during the conference for up to two people, attendance to our Friday evening drinks reception for up to two people - £1,500 excl. VAT.

Exhibition Sponsorship package includes: an exhibition space (including a table and 2 chairs), attendance to our Friday evening drinks reception and refreshments during the conference for up to two people - £300 excl. VAT

The two sponsorship options above also include the option to purchase tickets to our conference dinner on Saturday 15 September for £65 per person.

Delegate bag insert: a leaflet (up to A4 size) inserted into the delegate bags handed out to all delegates on arrival to BABAO 2018 - £100 excl. VAT

 


Location and travel details

Vincent Building,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our Location page.

Accommodation

If you would like to book accommodation whilst visiting the campus then we are pleased to offer en suite accommodation on campus, which is within easy walking distance of lecture rooms and other facilities. To make an enquiry or booking, please contact Venue Cranfield.

Download the Cranfield map to see the campus layout, parking, and distance from the Venue.


Accommodation: Mitchell Hall and CMDC
Venue: 52a Vincent Building

When booking accommodation please state you are attending the BABAO Conference to secure the special delegate rate. 
Mitchell Hall : £63pp per night (including breakfast)
CMDC: £90pp per night (including breakfast)

If you would like to book accommodation off campus we recommend Milton Keynes or Bedford, to see a list of local hotels please visit booking.com.

Cost

The delegate fee includes attendance at all conference sessions, talks and workshops, a delegate pack, refreshments throughout the conference, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, Friday evenings drinks reception and the conference dinner including entertainment on Saturday.

BABAO members: £105
BABAO student members: £75
Non members: £165
Student non members: £125
Late booking fee (from Monday 16 July): £185
Saturday evening dinner only for guests of delegates: £65

Please note: the late booking fee applies to all delegates who register from Monday 16 July. This also applies to BABAO members registering from Monday 16 July.

After completing your registration form you will be directed to our online payment page. If you have any queries relating to payment or group bookings please get in touch.

 

In response to the growing expense of running the BABAO conference and the resultant increase in registration fees, BABAO is subsidising the 2018 conference to make attendance at our annual meeting more affordable for all members. This subsidy is funded by membership fees and so a reduction in registration fees is only available to members. Bursaries are still available to waive conference fees for members experiencing difficult financial circumstances and must be applied for separately. For more information on bursaries please see the bursary section above.


If you would like to benefit from the reduced member registration fees but are not currently a member, you can join BABAO here. Please submit a membership application form to the membership secretary at the time you register for the conference. If you do not pay your membership subscription once your application has been processed, then you will be asked to pay the balance owed for your conference registration. Please note that your membership application cannot be processed between 14 - 22 July but please still submit it. You must register and pay the booking fee prior to Monday 16 July to secure the early bird rates (member or not.)





Event Programme


Friday 14 September

Registration and arrival teas and coffees from 12.00

Conference sessions begin at 13.00

Evening drinks reception

 

Saturday 15 September

All day conference

BABAO AGM

Conference dinner and entertainment

 

Sunday 16 September

Morning workshops available

Final conference sessions followed by lunch.

BABAO 2018 is due to conclude at approximately 13.30.

 

Any timings are provided as a guide only and may vary. A full conference programme will be provided at a later date.

 

BABAO 2018 pre-conference get together

All BABAO members attending this year’s conference are welcome to the pre-conference get together that is being held on Thursday 13 September at Hartley’s Bar in the CMDC from 19.00 until 23.00. This get together will give everyone a chance to catch up, and mingle before the conference gets started. If you are interested in coming could you please indicate your attendance on the conference registration form. Please send any questions you may have to the BABAO 2018 team.




Who should attend

Academics, students, industry professionals.

How to register

Registration for the BABAO Annual Conference is open. Please register here.

If you would like to benefit from the reduced member registration fees but are not currently a member, you can join BABAO here. Please submit a membership application form to the membership secretary at the time you register for the conference. If you do not pay your membership subscription once your application has been processed, then you will be asked to pay the balance owed for your conference registration. Please note that your membership application cannot be processed between 14 - 22 July but please still submit it. You must register and pay the booking fee prior to Monday 16 July to secure the early bird rates (member or not.)