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. Registration for BABAO 2018 has now closed, if you have an query regarding registration or the BABAO conference please get in touch with the BABAO 2018 team.

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)

Poster Presentations should be no bigger than A1 in size and must be in portrait orientation. Podium Presentations should be 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions.

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

Abstract Presentations and Student Prize Information

Abstract Presentations. 

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. The submission deadline for entries has now closed.

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.

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.

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.

Registration for BABAO 2018 has now closed.

Event Programme

Friday 14 September
Registration and arrival teas and coffees from 12.00
Conference sessions begin at 13.00
Evening drinks reception 18.00-19.30

Saturday 15 September
All day conference 08.30-17.45
BABAO AGM 17.45-18.45
Conference dinner and entertainment 19.30-23.30

Sunday 16 September
Final conference sessions followed by lunch 08.30-14.00
BABAO 2018 is due to conclude at approximately 14.00.

Any timings are provided as a guide only and may vary. 

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 has now closed. Please contact the BABAO 2018 team if you have a query.