Welcome to our 2023 HBA Meeting page

The 48th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association will be held in person (and virtually) in Reno Nevada, Tuesday April 19 to Friday April 21, 2023.

The Human Biology Association (HBA) is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating innovative research and teaching on human biological variation in evolutionary, social, historical, and environmental contexts worldwide. We are an international and interdisciplinary group of scientists, including recognized leaders in the fields of anthropology, anatomy, public health, endocrinology, genetics, nutrition, and numerous other fields. Diversity is our business.

The American Journal of Human Biology, the official journal of HBA, publishes abstracts and the program of each HBA annual meeting.

HBA 2023 welcomes researchers, educators, and other scientists from around the world to our annual meeting. Topics covered in our meetings include (but are not limited to) the following: growth and development; nutrition; genetics; immunology and infectious diseases; mental health; chronic disease; social determinants of health; reproductive health; skeletal biology and paleopathology; stress; adaptation and evolution; methods, teaching, and ethics. Each year we also feature a Plenary Session and Pearl Memorial Lecturer, centerpieces of our meeting. Beginning in 2021, we launched a regular Place-Based session that promotes researchers from outside the US who focus on research in their home countries. Each year in collaboration with the American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA) we co-sponsor a symposium (the Joint AABA/HBA) symposium during the AABA annual meeting.

Abstracts will be accepted in both English and Spanish.

Program Chair & Primary Meeting Contact

Gillian Ice, Professor of Social Medicine, Ohio University (hbaprogram@ohio.edu)

Social Media

Connect with the conference on social media at #HBA2023 and follow us on Twitter (@HumBioAssoc)

Important Dates

  • August 15, 2022: Deadline for pre-proposals due to HBA for: 1) the 2023 Plenary Session and Pearl Memorial Lecturer and 2) the Place-Based Human Biology Session (use this link for more information)
  • August 15, 2022: Deadline for proposals due to AABA for the Joint AABA/HBA Symposium
  • September 15, 2022: Abstract submission portal opens
  • October 17, 2022: Deadline for abstract submission (note that students interested in competing for the Hunt and Spielvogel Awards must indicate this at the time of abstract submission)
  • January 4, 2023: Decisions sent by this date on abstract submissions
  • January 31, 2023: Last date to change between in-person and online participation
  • February 15, 2023: Deadline for submission of international member travel award applications
  • February 15, 2023: Deadline for submission of student travel award applications
  • March 27, 2023: Preregistration deadline
  • April 18-21, 2023: HBA 2023 in Reno!

Meeting Venue

The HBA 2023 conference will be held at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

Meeting Registration Costs

Reminder: Members in good standing and non-members from low- and middle-income countries are eligible for lower registration fees, relative to non-members from high income countries. Only members are eligible for awards and grants. Note that memberships are for calendar years!

In person attendance

Annual Meeting registration for members is $100, except for the discounted in-person fees for post-doctoral and international Fellows ($85), for students from US/Canada ($50), for low-and-middle income country Fellows ($50) and low-and-middle income country students ($10). Registration for the in-person meeting includes access to all virtual sessions.

Virtual participation

Virtual-only participation is discounted by 50% except for international students whose virtual participation fees are paid through the 2020 Diversity Initiative.

Costs for non-members

Annual Meeting registration for non-members is $300.

Acceptable Behavior at HBA 2023

The HBA code of conduct emphasizes ethical conduct of research, teaching, mentoring, and collegiality. It is expected that members will follow ethical conduct during the meetings, including treating colleagues with respect and courtesy. Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited at the HBA meetings.

Program Committee

If you are interested in being considered to serve on the Program Committee, please contact Gillian Ice at hbaprogram@ohio.edu

Pre-Registration Process

  1. Complete the on-line pre-registration process at https://www.humbio.org. Retain the confirmation page that appears at the completion of pre-registration.
  2. At the bottom of the online pre-registration form, you will be directed to the PayPal payment site.
  3. Pre-registration will be available until Monday, March 27, 2023
  4. If you also plan to submit an abstract, please note abstracts will not be accepted for review without paid pre-registration by the first author.

Please contact the Treasurer, E.A. Quinn (hbatreas@gmail.com) for assistance with pre-registration.

Call for Abstracts

Both members and non-members are invited to submit an abstract of a proposed presentation to be delivered in Reno, NV and virtually at 48th annual meeting.

Abstracts will be accepted in both English and Spanish.

The submission deadline for abstracts is October 17, 2022.

The conference will be in-person this year with a virtual option. We will have a mix of posters, podium, and flash talk presentations.

We will accept abstracts on various topics and we will ask you to select a theme that most strongly fits your presentation. These themes are an open call, so we encourage abstracts on these topics from members.

Poster presentations. An author is expected to be present at the poster for ~1 hour to explain the work and answer questions on the virtual poster platform. The virtual poster and in-person poster session will be held separately. We will ask in-person presenters to present in both sessions.

Podium presentations are typically 10 minutes plus 2-4 minutes for questions.

Flash talks are no more than five minutes and typically use 1-2 slides.

During submission, you can select your preference for type of presentation, and we will do our best to honor that preference, but you may be assigned to an alternative format based on overall program considerations.

You will be asked to select online vs. in-person presentation at the time of registration. You will be able to change between online and in-person participation until January 31, 2023.

Further details

For more information regarding abstract format and submission procedures, the E.E. Hunt and Phyllis Eveleth Student Prizes for graduate students, the Hilde Spielvogel Award for Outstanding Presentation by an Undergraduate Student, the International Members’ Travel Grants, and Student Travel Awards, click here.

For more information regarding pre-proposals for the Plenary session and Place Based session, click here.