Aiming to encourage scientific exchanges and debates and to explore new avenues for future research.

In recent years, the application of micro-analytical techniques on human fossils have seen dramatic changes in our understanding of ancient humans and their environment. Direct dating has lead to important revisions of the chronology of human evolution, for example, by establishing the oldest modern human at Irhoud (~ 300 ka), the earliest modern human out of Africa (Milslya at ~ 170 ka) and the ages of enigmatic fossils such as Homo naledi and Homo floresiensis. In situ isotope studies on Neanderthal teeth have revealed insights into migration, seasonality, weaning and lead poisoning.

In September 2019, the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University, Brisbane, will host a three-day international Workshop on geochronology, isotope studies and human evolution. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together internationally recognised specialists from wide range of scientific fields to exchange results and ideas of their work relating to human evolution. The Workshop aims at encouraging scientific exchanges and debates on unsolved questions in the various disciplines and to explore new avenues for future research.

Workshop details

Important dates:

30 June 2019 deadline for registration.

31 July 2019 deadline for abstract submission (template).

Cost: Registration fees are 100 AU$. They include ice breaker, coffee breaks, lunches and conference dinner.

Transport and accommodation: Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses (see information below).


The meeting will be held near Brisbane's CBD in the Function Room of the Ship Inn, located in Southbank along the Brisbane River (map).

Provisional Programme

The workshop will take place from 25 to 27 September 2019, with the following preliminary program :

  • Tuesday evening, 24 September : Ice breaker & registration.
  • Wednesday, 25 September: registration, welcome speech, scientific sessions.
  • Thursday, 26 September: scientific sessions and IMPACT lecture by Dr. Katerina Douka, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany.
  • Friday, 27 September: scientific sessions and Conference dinner.

Train or Bus

The South Bank area in Brisbane can be conveniently reached by Train or Bus. A TransLink journey planner is available here.

Go card

The easiest and cheapest way to use Brisbane public transport is with a Go card. These can be purchased at convenience stores throughout Brisbane and can be used on trains, buses, and ferries. You can pay the driver with cash on ferries and buses. Train travel requires purchasing a ticket from a ticket machine or service desk at the train station prior to embarking.

From the Airport to Brisbane City

You can take a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport. The cheapest option is the Gold Coast train line from Brisbane Domestic and International airports to the CBD. It generally costs ~$15 and takes approx. 20 mins (Network map may be found here). The conference venue is located near the South Bank train station. A journey planner may be found here.

A taxi will cost approx. $50 from the airport to Southbank, and will take about 25 minutes. They can be caught immediately outside the terminal.

Brisbane River Ferries

A great way to get a feel for Brisbane is to catch a Brisbane River Ferries. You can either catch the CityCat or the City Hopper (the City Hopper is free). Timetable and the ferry routes can be accessed here and here.

Depending on where you are staying you can catch a CityCat from Eagle Farm, past Newstead and around to the CBD and Southbank. If staying in the CBD you can catch the CityCat or the City Hopper from North Quay. The CityCat will stop at Southbank 2 Ferry Terminal. While the City Hopper will stop at Southbank Terminal 3 (see image below). Both stops are within walking distance to the conference venue. As you exit the Southbank 2 Ferry Terminal ramp, take a left and walk along the waterfront until you reach the Southbank Ferry Terminal 3. Here, take a right turn away from the waterfront, up through the hanging gardens until you see the Ship Inn Hotel. The Southbank Campus will be directly behind the Ship Inn Hotel (see the map below).

Walking options

If you are staying in the city there are two walking options. The first is to go across the Victoria Bridge and then south along the waterfront (red line on map). Or you can walk through the Botanical Gardens and take the pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River. There is a cafe situated on the bridge where you can enjoy a coffee on the way (pink line on map).

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:,,,

The Workshop on Dating, Isotopes and Human Evolution (DIHE) is committed to providing an equitable, inclusive and accessible conference free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault or vilification.

All conference attendees are expected to behave respectfully and not engage in discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault or vilification.

More to come soon.

Griffith University Security

Security services are available 24-hours on all Griffith University campuses and are handled by the Campus Support Team. If the campus Security Office is unattended, a telephone is available at the front of each office to contact the team or alternatively call 1800 800 707 (free call) anywhere on campus.

A Griffith security office is located near the Shipp Inn on South Bank Campus (in S03 building), in the Courtyard next to the Lecture Theatre S05_2.04 (map).

For more information about Griffith Security, go to:

Police may be contacted where there is suspected criminal activity.

In an emergency

In an emergency call Fire, Ambulance, and Police on 000 or 112 from a mobile.