Interested in participating in ESHE 2020?

Virtual ESHE 2020

We are excited to share with you our plans for a virtual scientific conference, #ESHE 2020, this September. A successful virtual meeting will have to differ from our tried and tested ESHE format. We therefore propose something radically different for us based on pre-recorded presentations shared with our members before the actual meeting and live discussions during the meeting.

#ESHE 2020 conference participation is free for all active members! You just need to pay your annual dues (15 EUR for students and 30 EUR for everyone else) and register for the meeting.

The new abstract submission deadline is by the end of the day, June 16, 2020, (midnight PST). As we do each year, all abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a panel of experts and put together as a program.

Our plan is the following. On Friday, September 18, 2020, all registered members will receive an email invitation to participate in our conference platform. On our platform they will find a conference program with links to pre-recorded videos for podium, Pecha Kucha, and poster presentations, and to PDF versions of the posters. Participants can browse this content at their own leisure. The interactive part of #ESHE 2020 happens on September 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday afternoon). Participants again enter the conference platform to watch the opening of the conference and to discuss the presentations via chat and video calls. During the live discussion, a session chair asks podium presenters to present three slides: a title slide, and two question+data/conclusion slides. Then we start moderated questions & answers and discussion of the presentation.

We will have three similar formats this year. We will accept pre-recorded videos of standard presentations limited this year to 10 minutes, Pecha Kucha presentations of 6:40 minutes, and posters with (optionally) a 5 minute video or audio presentation. We will host the posters on our web site and presenters will upload their videos themselves to YouTube (setting: “Unlisted”, so they are not visible to the public) or similar hosting service. We will use links to this material (sent to us no later than Sept. 13, 2020) to make the program. Presenters can decide for themselves what to do with their own video after the conference: leave it hidden just for ESHE members, delete it, or make it public (after 27 September). The video + voiceover recording can be done (preferably with a good microphone), e.g., from within Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote. In due time we will post detailed instructions.

You can participate (present, listen, and discuss) for free, if you have paid your annual ESHE membership fee for 2020 and registered for the meeting. Our society depends on your support, so we can continue to operate, offer prizes for students, and organize meetings.

Ask me anything

Do you have a question about the origin of our species? Neanderthal cave art? The dating of Homo naledi? Denisovan hybrids? Questions can be broad or detailed. This is entirely up to you. A growing list of our members have already agreed to participate in this experiment. Do you have a burning question for somebody not on our list? Just ask away, and we will try to get an answer for you. We will select the best questions and answers, and we will compile a video to be played during the virtual ESHE meeting in September, 2020. You can ask your question here.

Important deadlines

June 16, 2020 — Last day to submit an abstract for #ESHE 2020
First week of July — Notification of abstract acceptance
Sept. 13, 2020 — Last day to upload of online content (PDF of posters, video content to YouTube or similar)
Sept. 18, 2020 — ESHE members are invited to view online content
Sept. 24-25, 2020 — Live discussions

We are quite excited to try something different this year. This is new territory for all of us, so some of the technical and procedural details for this meeting may be subject to change, depending on the number of abstract submissions. We will continue to post more information here, via Twitter and via email as we can.

ESHE Meetings


24-25 Sept.
19-21 September
13-15 September
21-23 September
14-18 September
10-12 September
18-20 September
19-21 September
21-22 September
23-24 September


Vanda Halász & Emily Hunter*
Ana Bucchi & Julia Stuhlträger*
Judith Beier & Andrew Sorensen*
A. Pantoja-Perez & H. Fewlass*
G. Oxilia A. Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Paul Kozowyk
Stephanie Schnorr Laura Martín Francés

*Pecha Kucha Prize Winner