2017 SSHB symposium: Human Biology of Climate Change

12 - 15 September 2018

Loughborough, UK

2017 SSHB symposium: Human Biology of Climate Change

Loughborough University is proud to host the joint 2017 Symposium of the SSHB-IAPA.

Climate change is a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather patterns or average temperatures. Earth has had tropical climates and ice ages many times in its 4.5 billion years. Some of those past changes were drivers of major evolutionary change giving rise to species ancestral to humans and, very likely, the human species.

  • More about this year’s theme
  • Call for abstracts
  • Registration
  • Travel awards and Young Investigator Award
  • Programme
  • Posters List
  • Further information
  • Location and travel information
  • Accommodation options
  • Conference events and activities

So what’s happening now? The rise of average world temperature by nearly 1 °C since 1901 is associated with changing rainfall, disrupted food production, sea level rises (19 cm globally), glacial and sea ice melts, floods and changes in biology and behaviour of insects, birds and many other animals and plants.

Climate change and climate uncertainty are global phenomenon with implications for human biology. Climate change makes many existing diseases and conditions worse, but it may also help introduce new pests and pathogens into new regions or communities. In addition there are social, economic, psychological and political impacts.

Understanding climate – human biology interrelations will help us prepare for and tackle the myriad of challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. With appropriate policies and planning, climate change can be mitigated and inevitable changes can be used to foster new types of sustainable bio-social and economic environments. The cross-cultural and ‘deep-time’ perspectives of evolutionary human biology and physiological anthropology must play a key role.

The aim of this international symposium is to bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners, including not only anthropologists and human biologists, but also researchers with a wide range of expertise and methodological backgrounds, including geography, health, nutrition, demography, physiology and environmental design to tackle questions around climate change.


Open now

SSHB is proud to provide extra support to graduate students for whom the registration fee is £75. This includes lunches as well as coffee, tea and cakes. there is a lovely dinner planned which SSHB is subsidising for graduate students.

The registration fee for non-student members is £200. However, if you join the society (at a cost of £30), you can opt for the SSHB members registration fee at £150. (Note: members of the IAPA and Japanese Society for Physiological Anthropology (JSPA) can also register at this rate). This also includes lunches and coffee, tea, cake etc. The gala dinner costs £15 for students and £30 for everyone else. The day rate is £50.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. You will be asked to register with Loughborough University Store, a process that takes 2-3 minutes,

How we help

Travel awards
and prizes

The Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB) is offering financial support (£750) for postgraduate students to attend and present at international conferences. It is anticipated that a maximum of two prizes will be made in 2017. Full details and submission forms can be found here. Deadline 31 July 2017.

Additionally, the 2017 SSHB Young Investigator Award aims to provide support for young investigators to attend and present their work at SSHB events. Full details and submission forms can be found here. Deadline 15 July 2017.

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