The Asia Pacific Conference on Human Evolution (APCHE) aims to bring together experts working on all aspects of biological evolution of humans in the broader Asian and Pacific regions

Participants will include active researchers in palaeoanthropology, biological anthropology, genomics and palaeogenomics, primatology, as well as all disciplines engaged in understanding the environmental and site-specific context of human evolution across Asia and Australasia, including taphonomy, geochronology, palaeoecology, and geoarchaeology.

This conference will foster international collaborations between researchers actively engaged in scientific analyses and exploration in Asia and the Pacific, and will highlight the exciting developments and discoveries that are rewriting our understanding of how and when humans left Africa and expanded into new lands to the east.

Conference details

The Conference will be held at Griffith University South Bank campus only a short stroll from the heart of Brisbane’s favourite parklands, cultural district and a vast array of eateries. South Bank on the southern bank of the Brisbane River is the cultural, social, recreational and educational precinct in Brisbane. The Queensland Museum, Sciencentre and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art are all located at South Bank.

  • 15 January 2019: Call for Abstracts
  • 28 February 2019: Deadline for travel grant applications
  • 31 March 2019: Deadline for early registration and submission of abstract
Before 31 March 2019 After 31 March 2019
Full participant AU$300 AU$350
Student AU$150 AU$200
Day registration AU$150 AU$150
Conference dinner AU$100 AU$100

- Registration fee includes the welcome function (evening of 24 June), tea & coffee and lunches during the conference.

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Monday 24 June

  • Registration & Ice Breaker Cocktail Function

Tuesday 25 June

  • Day 1 of conference
  • Raymond Dart Lecture

Wednesday 26 June

  • Day 2 of conference
  • Conference Dinner

Thursday 27 June

  • Day 3 of conference and conference close

APCHE aims to bring together experts working on all aspects of human evolution in the broader Asian and Pacific regions. The conference will consist of three days of general sessions including papers on palaeoanthropology, biological anthropology, genomics and palaeogenomics, primatology, as well as the disciplines engaged in understanding the environment and site-specific contexts of human evolution, human behaviour and art.

Travel grants to the amount of $1,000 will be available for researchers and students from low-income countries towards the travel and accommodation costs. Successful applicants will have their registration fees waived.

Travel Grant Application


  • Applicants must be from an institution which is not located in one of the countries listed below
  • Applicants must be first named author and presenting a paper OR poster at the conference

Non-eligible countries:

Based on listings from the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, we define a low income country as all countries except the following: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Chile, China-Hong Kong SAR, China-Macao SAR, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2019, Brisbane time. Late applications will not be considered.

Please forward your applications by the closing date to:

Abstract deadline: 31 March 2019.

Please download and use this file as a template for a one-page abstract to be submitted to the APCHE 2019. The template margins are 25 mm to the left, 19 mm to the right, and 25.4 mm to the top and bottom. The abstract should be written in English, prepared using this MS Word template, and no longer than 300 words. References in the abstract will not be supported.

Use Arial 12 point font and single line spacing throughout the text of the abstract. Paragraphs should be avoided, but if absolutely necessary they should be separated by an empty line. The use of an English character set is highly recommended in authors’ names, email addresses, and affiliations in order to avoid possible citation difficulties.

Abstract Template

Please name your Word document using one of the following formats to distinct poster and oral presentation: "SurnameName _Poster " or "SurnameName _Oral ".

Please email abstracts as an attachment to before the abstract deadline.

Oral presentations

Each oral presentation (Powerpoint or PDF) will be 15 mins in total (12 mins + 3 mins for Q&A). Please ensure your presentation does not exceed these time limits.

Poster presentations

Each poster must be in A1 PORTRAIT format (594 mm width x 841 mm height).


There are a variety of accommodation options within close proximity to the conference venue at South Bank Parklands. Whilst we have not secured any rooms, below is a list of hotels within walking distance to the conference venue.

  • Novotel Brisbane South Bank
  • Rydges South Bank
  • Menso at South Bank
  • Riverside Hotel South Bank
  • Hillcrest Apartment Hotel
  • Swiss-Belhotel South Bank Brisbane

For other accommodation options please visit these sites:,,,

Local Organising Committee

  • Prof. Rainer Grün (co-chair) - Griffith University
  • Dr Julien Louys (co-chair) - Griffith University
  • Dr Mathieu Duval (co-chair) - Griffith University
  • Dr Sally Wasef - Griffith University
  • Ms Holly Smith - Griffith University
  • Mr Shaun Adams - Griffith University
  • Dr Michael Westaway - Griffith University
  • Prof. Zenobia Jacobs - University of Wollongong

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to the conference, abstract submission or travel grant applications, please contact us