Note You must first register and pay for the meeting before submitting an abstract. If you are already a paid member, then the meeting is free. However, you still need to register.

Special Instructions for 2021 Virtual Meeting

This year all podium and Pecha Kucha presentations must be pre-recorded and uploaded to our meeting platform. Once we have formed the program, we will notify you with details of how to upload your presentation. Note that the deadline will be well before the meeting takes place to give us time to arrange the platform and for participants to view the presentations prior to the meeting itself. After the meeting you can make your presentation public by posting it on our YouTube site (we do this for you) or where you like. You can also request that your presentation be removed from our platform. All poster presenters will also need to upload their posters (as PDF files) to our meeeting platform. Optionally, posters can also be complemented by a short (3-5 minutes maximum) pre-recorded audio or video explanation. We will link this to your poster presention on our meeting platform.

Also, this year's podium presentations are limited to 10 minutes. For papers that are included in the discussion sections, we will also ask that you provide three slides highlighting your talk that will be shown during the actual meeting and that will serve as a basis for starting discussions. Pecha Kucha are the standard 6:40 (20 slides of 20 seconds each).

Abstract Submission

Please be aware of the following criteria for the evaluation of abstracts:

  • 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 (see below).
  • 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 Pech Kucha, the significance statement is an important part of the review process. Please distill into a few short sentences for a human evolution scientists outside their particular field of specialty why this presentation is important.
  • Accepted presenters will be notified in late June or early July.
  • Due to time constraints, only a limited number of podiums presentations will be accepted.

Student Pecha Kucha and Poster Prizes

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”. Please Note To qualify as a student, participants must not have completed their PhD before the abstract submission deadline.

Pecha Kucha Session

The ESHE meeting includes presentations following the Pecha Kucha format. These have become very popular. The Pecha Kucha presentations are strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and they must contain exactly 20 slides. This timing can be accomplished in programs like PowerPoint by setting a 20 second timer for all slides in the Transitions menu. For more information on Pecha Kucha format, please visit:

We are sorry, but ESHE abstract submission closed on June 15, 2021.