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.

Sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon.

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)

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is open. To submit your abstract please complete this submission form.

Abstract submission closes at 5pm on Friday 8 June 2018 and you will be notified by 25 June 2018 if your abstract has been accepted.

Please note that each person can only be lead author on one abstract for the academic presentations.

Podium presentations should be 10 minutes long and an additional 5 minutes will be allocated for questions. Poster presentations should be a maximum size of A1 and be portrait in orientation.

‚ÄčAbstract research areas.

  • Paleopathology
  • New techniques/advances/methodologies
  • Funerary archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Ethics
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Human biology
  • Human evolution
  • Primatology
  • Trauma

If you abstract topic does not fit into one of the above areas please select the 'other' option on your submission form. We will have a session covering other areas of research during the conference.


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 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.


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

Two of the bursaries are available to student members, unwaged members, members from qualifying countries paying a reduced BABAO membership fee and members working in the commercial sector or in a museum. The other two bursaries have been ring-fenced for unwaged members and members working in the commercial sector or in a museum. Bursaries will only be offered where employing institutions do not provide any funds for conference attendance.

If you would like to be considered for a BABAO conference bursary, please apply by emailing a PDF document explaining how you meet the qualifying criteria to the BABAO 2018 team. Please ensure that you include your full name and email address that you have registered with BABAO in your document. We ask that your bursary application is kept to one A4 page document. We may ask for proof of your qualifying membership status before bursaries are awarded.

The deadline for bursary applications is Saturday 23 June at 5pm. 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.


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


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. You should register for the member registration fee only once you have received email confirmation of your registration, and paid your BABAO membership fee.

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


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.


Who should attend

Academics, students, industry professionals.

How to register

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

To benefit from the reduced BABAO member registration fees please ensure you have registered with BABAO, paid your membership fee and received your confirmation from them. If you haven't done this already please visit their website.