Conferences and meetings

Upcoming events:

2017 SSHB Symposium | Human Biology of Climate Change | 12 -15 September 2017, Loughborough, UK (organiser Barry Bogin)

Past meetings:

2017 meetings

Human biology of climate change | 2017 SSHB symposium:   12-15 September 2017, Loughborough, UK. This will be a joint meeting with the International Association of Physiological Anthropology.

2016 meetings

2016 SSHB symposium | Human Biology of Migration | 30 November – 2 December 2016 | Aarhus, Denmark (organisers: Djuke Veldhuis and Simon Underdown)

Proffered Papers Meeting: Wednesday 5th October 2016, Oxford Brookes.

2015 meetings

2015 SSHB Symposium | Human Biology of Poverty | 2-5 September 2015 | Lisbon, Portugal (organiser: Ines de Silva)

2014 meetings

 Symposium on Age Estimation, 9 – 11th December 2014, Oxford (UK)

This exciting symposium, organised in association with the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO,, will bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of experts in different approaches to age estimation. Topics include new imaging methods to estimate age, and estimating age in the living, in forensic samples, and from skeletal remains, teeth and bones.

Speakers include:

Lyle Konigsberg (University of Illinois, USA)

Niels Lynnerup (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Sigrid Kvaal (University of Oslo, Norway)

Noël Cameron (Loughborough University, UK)

Tim Cole (UCL Institute of Child Health, UK)

Simon Mays (University of Southampton, UK

More information can be found here.

Registration is FREE for existing SSHB members (i.e. those who applied to join the Society before 1 May 2014).

2013 meetings

2013 Symposium ‘Human Biology of the Past’

Durham, 13th and 14th August 2013

2013 Proffered Papers Meeting

Thursday 10th October, Oxford-Brookes University

2012 Proffered Papers Meeting


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2011 meetings

2011 Symposium ‘The Human Biology of Jim Tanner’

13th -15th December, University of Cambridge

Jim Tanner, one of the founding members of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and a leading international figure in both Human Biology and Auxology, died on 11th August 2010. The SSHB will take this opportunity to celebrate his contributions to our science over the course of this three-day meeting.

A range of internationally recognised authorities will be presenting papers on the themes of the Biology of Growth; Assessing Growth; Worldwide Variation in Growth; and Growth and Health. The symposium will also provide the opportunity for proffered paper and poster submissions.

Confirmed speakers include:
David Barker, University of Southampton
Noel Cameron, Loughborough University
Tim Cole, Institute of Child Health
Peter Ellison, Harvard University
Daniel Hoffman, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
John Komlos, University of Munich
Michelle Lampl, Emory University
Helen Liversidge, Queen Mary, University of London
Robert Malina, Tarlton State University
Lawrence Schell, University at Albany, SUNY
Babette Zemel, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The symposium will be held at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge at the heart of the city centre, beginning on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th December and finishing at lunchtime on Thursday 15th December. A drinks reception and poster session will be held on Tuesday evening in Corpus Christi college and a conference dinner will be held at Trinity Hall on Wednesday evening. Registration is open to members and non-members of the Society. To register for the meeting and book accommodation please download and complete the registration form. The deadline for registration is 30th November 2011 (Please note the dinner is now fully booked but you may join the waiting list). Completed registration forms and any further enquiries should be sent to Dr Laura Jones.

We have an outstanding line-up of international keynote speakers as well as proffered oral and poster presentations. For further details please see the programme. Please note that exact times are provisional and are subject to minor changes.

Symposium organising committee: Professor Noel Cameron, Dr Emily Rousham, Dr Laura Jones, Dr Rie Goto

2011 Proffered Papers Meeting

The 2011 SSHB Proffered Papers Meeting and AGM was held on 25th May 2011 in Loughborough.

Programme and Abstracts

Proffered papers meetings offer researchers the chance to present recent work or work in progress on any topic of their choice in human biology and biological anthropology. Spoken papers  and posters can be presented. Abstracts will normally be published on the SSHB website. Graduate students and other early-stage researchers are particularly encouraged to present their work at proffered papers meetings, which offer a supportive and constructive atmosphere for discussion of research. There is usually a competition for the best poster or spoken paper by a student. Contributions eligible for the prize of £100 must have the presenting student as sole or senior author.

2010 Meetings

Proffered Paper Meeting, University of Westminster, 20th May 2010

Programme and Abstracts

The 2010 SSHB symposium was held on 16-17th September 2010 in Durham, hosted jointly with the Biosocial Society on “Intergenerational influences on obesity and related conditions”

2009 Meetings

The 2009 SSHB symposium, on the theme of ‘Human Dispersals’, was held at the beautiful Villa Mondragone, Rome, on 18-20th June 2009, under the auspices of the AAI (Associazione Antropologica Italiana).

The aim of the Symposium was to reconstruct human colonization and migrations out of Africa applying traditional and new approaches such as archaeology, genetics, molecular anthropology, the recovery and analyses of ancient biomolecules, food production and human diet.

50th Anniversary Meeting: 2008 

The sun shined on the symposium celebrating 50 years of the SSHB in Oxford between 1st and 3rd April 2008. Over 50 delegates enjoyed the hospitality of New College in perfect spring weather.

Professor David Barker of Southampton University gave the introductory keynote address on Tuesday 1st April. This was followed over the next two days by four further sessions, which included talks by invited speakers as well as proffered papers, on human growth and development; human evolution; human genetics and variation; human ecology and adaptation. Speakers included Prof. Lawrence Schell, SUNY; Prof. Michelle Lampl, Emory University; Dr Babette Zemel, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Prof. Chris Dean, UCL; Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp, University of Bradford; Prof. Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford; Prof. Maciej Henneberg, University of Adelaide and Dr Neville Bruce, University of Western Australia.

Frank Johnston (far left) and Noel Cameron (centre) with invited speakers from the growth and development session (l-r): Michelle Lampl, Babette Zemel and Larry Schell (credit: Babette Zemel).

The after-dinner address was given by Prof. Geoffrey Harrison, a founder member of the SSHB.

Geoff Harrison giving the after-dinner address (credit: Babette Zemel).

2007 Meetings

2007 Symposium: The 2007 SSHB symposium: ‘Human Variation – from the laboratory to the field’ was hosted jointly with the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology (JSPA) was held between 24th and 26th September at the Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

The 2007 proffered papers meeting was held on 31st May at the University of Oxford Pauling Centre, Banbury Road, Oxford.

2006 Meetings

2006 Symposium: Medicine and Evolution. The 2006 symposium, held in association with the BioSocial Society and hosted by the Hull York Medical School, took place on 11-12th December in York.

The 2006 proffered papers meeting was held at the University of Westminster.