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Conference Report



Judith Beier and Andrew Sorensen*
A. Pantoja-Perez and H. Fewlass*
G. Oxilia A. Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Paul Kozowyk
Stephanie Schnorr Laura Martín Francés

*Pecha Kucha Prize Winner

8th Annual ESHE Meeting – 13-15th September 2018 in Faro, Portugal

The 8th Annual ESHE meeting will take place at the University of the Algarve in the beautiful beachside city of Faro in Portugal from the 13th-15th September, 2018. The 2018 meeting is proudly hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behavior (ICArEHB) at the University of the Algarve with special thanks to our local organiser, Nuno Bicho and his team.



Wednesday, 12th September
  • Pre-registration and welcome drinks at the Museu Municipal de Faro
  • Public Lecture
    Thursday, 13th September
  • Registration and opening of the conference
  • Conference Day 1
  • Poster Cocktail Session 1
    Friday, 14th September
  • Conference Day 2
  • Poster Cocktail Session 2
    Saturday, 15th September
  • Conference Day 3
  • General Assembly
  • Closing Dinner
    Sunday, 16th September
  • Excursion


    Schedule: Sunday 16th September

    Departure from Faro
    Visit to the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar
    Sightseeing at Cape Saint Vincent
    Visit to the Paleolithic site of Vale Boi
    Return to Faro
    Arrival to Faro

    The excursion will take place on Sunday the 16th of September and will take up the whole day. People planning on flying from Faro in the afternoon are therefore advised not to attend. Tickets cost 10€ per person and places are strictly limited. Tickets to the excursion can be reserved and paid for during registration.


    Registration price includes two coffee breaks per day with snacks, the cocktail poster sessions, as well as all lunches during the conference. In order to receive the member registration rate, you must pay all outstanding membership dues and register before June 30, 2018. All registrations after this date will be required to pay the non-member fee.

    Registration fees for ESHE members

    • Professional Member fee: 140€
    • Student Member fee: 50€

    Registration fees for non-ESHE members

    • Professional Non-Member fee: 260€
    • Student Non-Member fee: 100€

    ESHE will only issue refunds for cancelled meeting registration before the online registration cut-off date (July 31, 2018). This is to ensure we have final numbers in advance for our caterers and suppliers. Please keep this in mind when registering, as we cannot issue any refund claims submitted after this date. Please email for any registration enquiries.


    This year’s conference is expected to include childcare for parents who wish to attend the conference. Childcare will be offered at no additional cost and will be available all day for children of all ages. It will be provided by a reputable, certified and insured local company. For children under 3, we will provide a babysitter who can take care of up to 2 babies or up to 4 children, from newborns to 3 years old. For children above 3, there will be a kids’ activity club for the entire day to keep them entertained. All food, snacks, fruit and water will be provided, however milk, formula and nappies will need to be brought.

    Please register your interest for on-site childcare during registration.

    Abstract Submission - Deadline May 3, 2018

    • Abstracts must be in English and have a strict minimum and maximum character limit (minimum 2000 characters, maximum 4000 characters, with spaces).
    • Each first author can submit only one abstract.
    • We discourage simultaneous podium (including Pecha Kucha) and poster presentations by the same group of authors on a similar topic.
    • We strongly encourage Pecha Kucha presentations.
    • Abstracts lacking in substance may not be accepted. All abstracts should have a clear description of the research with mention of methods and results.
    • Abstracts are evaluated using a peer-review, graded scale. Normally all papers are reviewed by 2-4 reviewers per subfield using a quantitative ranking. The top ranking papers are selected for podium presentations.
    • For podium presentations, including Pecha Kucha, the significance statement is an important part of the review process. Please distil into a few short sentences for a human evolution scientist outside their particular field of specialty why this presentation is important.
    • Accepted presenters will be notified in June.
    • Due to time constraints, only a limited number of podiums presentations will be accepted. Therefore, some authors not accepted for podium talks will be offered the option of presenting a poster.

    Information and abstract uploads can be found here

    Information for Presenters

    Podium Presentations

    Each presenter will be given 15 minutes to present and a very strict 5 minutes at the end of each slot for questions directed at the presenter. There will be a coloured light on stage to indicate when presenters must make concluding statements and when their time is up. A green light will display during the presentation, followed by a yellow light at the 13-minute mark and a red light at 15 minutes to indicate the end of the presentation. Presenters are encouraged to send a draft of their presentation before the conference to ensure that all graphics can be displayed. More information on this to come. Presenters must also have their presentations ready on a USB drive to be given to our IT assistants before the start of their session on the day of the presentation. Presentations must be in .ppt or .pptx format. The computer will not be connected to the internet, so any videos must be embedded in the presentation.

    Pecha Kucha Presentations

    Each Pecha Kucha presentation will be strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and must contain exactly 20 slides. For more information on the Pecha Kucha format, please visit: Final presentations must be uploaded HERE by Sept. 10, 2018.

    Poster Presentations

    All posters must be in A0 Portrait format. Landscape format will not be accepted due to space requirements. Presenters are expected to print and bring their poster with them to the meeting and display them before the first poster session. Onsite printing is available, but presenters must send their posters 2-4 days in advance to ensure they are ready in time. Presenters are responsible for bringing their poster to the conference whether they choose to use the on-site printing service or not. All information regarding printing can be found here. Presenters are responsible for hanging their own poster on the designated board. Presenters are responsible for removing their posters before the general assembly.

    Student Prizes for Best Pecha Kucha and Poster Presentations

    We have up to 3000€ available for student poster and Pecha Kucha prizes. To be considered for a prize you must first submit your abstract via the online system, and check the box which states “Enter the student poster or Pecha Kucha prize”. If a poster, a PDF must be uploaded on our web site here by Aug. 10, 2018 in order to be evaluated. **Please Note** To qualify as a student, participants must not have completed their PhD before the abstract submission deadline.

    Student Travel Grants- Deadline June 8

    Following the success of the past two years, the ESHE Board has decided to offer travel grants to students attending the 2018 ESHE meeting in Faro, Portugal.


  • Applicants must be members of ESHE
  • Applicants must be presenting either a podium, pecha kucha or poster presentation at the 2018 meeting

  • How to apply:

  • First ensure that you have registered for the 2018 meeting and have submitted an abstract.
  • Send a letter of financial justification to by Friday, 8th June. This letter must include: 1) Information on where you will be travelling from, 2) A list of your anticipated expenses, 3) Information on any other funds you already have at your disposal (i.e. grants, scholarships, stipends), 4) A short CV, maximum 1 page.
  • Venue

    Conference venue: Gambelas Campus of the Universidade do Algarve

    The Gambelas Campus of the Universidade do Algarve (University of the Algarve) is located about a 15 minute drive outside of Faro city centre. Shuttle buses for ESHE participants will be available to take people to and from the venue in the morning and evening. Participants can pick up a bus ticket upon arrival, either at the pre-registration at the Museu Municipal de Faro, or on the first day directly from the conference venue and travel using the ESHE shuttle buses and other public transport for the whole weekend. Please note: if you do not pick up the ticket on Wednesday, you will have to pay for the first bus trip to the venue on Thursday morning.

    Pre-Registration and Welcome Drinks: MUSEU ARQUEOLOGICO

    Participants can pick up their registration packs, pay outstanding meeting fees, and receive a public transport ticket from here on Wednesday, 13th between 15:00 and 18:00.

    From 18:00, a complimentary welcome drink will take place in the courtyard of the museum

    Closing Dinner: Tertúlia Algarvia Restaurant

    The closing dinner will take place at the Tertúlia Algarvia Restaurant on Saturday, 15th from 20:00, after the general assembly. The restaurant is lcocated directly across from the Museu Arqueologico. While the meal will be standing, there will be some seating available on all floors. Tickets can be purchased with registration for 30€ per person and places are strictly limited. If you have any dietary requirements or special needs, please indicate these on your registration form.

    Local Information

    Algarve is served by the Faro International Airport, located a few km from the city as well as from the University Campus. It is a small airport, served mostly by low cost airlines, flying from a diversity of cities in France, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Holland, Belgian, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Russia and Canada. Participants can also travel to Lisbon or Porto and take an inter-city train that takes approx. 3 hours.

    Faro itself is home to a host of high quality and affordable restaurants and accommodation options and lies directly on the seaside. Public transport is available to take participants straight from downtown Faro to the conference venue at a reasonable price. Please keep in mind to book well in advance, as September will still be peak tourist season.