Los Angeles, CA with virtual options
March 20-22, 2024
Welcome to the 49th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association will be held in person (and virtually) in Los Angeles, CA from March 20-22, 2024.
HBA 2024 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.
The American Journal of Human Biology, the official journal of the HBA, publishes abstracts and the program of each HBA annual meeting.
The HBA 2024 conference will be held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Hotel reservation information will be posted on the meeting page as soon as it is available.
Complete the on-line pre-registration process here. If you have an account from 2022 or 2023, your login information remains the same. If you did not participate in the 2022 or 2023 meetings or have an active membership in 2022 or 2023, you will need to complete a new registration. It can take up to 24 hours for new member registrations to be approved for conference member registration rates so please plan accordingly.
AFTER REGISTRATION: You will be emailed a registration receipt with QR code and a link to the abstract submission portal. If there are problems with registration, please contact the HBA Treasurer, EA Quinn, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Pre-registration will be available until Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
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 prizes, awards and travel grants.
In person attendance
Annual Meeting registration for members is $110, 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-only participation is discounted by 50% except for international students whose virtual participation fees are paid through the 2020 Diversity Initiative. The virtual participation format will be changing for 2024 - we will provide additional information as this develops. We are looking for new ways to keep the meeting accessible to our members while being cost effective.
Registration agreement: In registering for a conference, establishing or renewing my membership, I acknowledge and will abide by the HBA Code of Ethics, including related to sexual and other forms of harassment (such as bullying, intimidation, coercion, and threats), as well as other forms of discrimination. I understand that if I do not meet these standards, incidents may be reported to appropriate authorities such as employers, I may be barred from future meetings, and/or membership or association awards revoked.
Both members and non-members are invited to submit an abstract of a proposed presentation. HBA abstracts will be accepted in both English and Spanish. After completing you conference registration, you will be emailed a link to the ConfTools page where you can submit your abstract. If this is your first time using ConfTools, you will need to register for an account. If you had an account in 2022 or 2023, you may use your existing account.
The submission deadline for abstracts is October 16, 2023 (TUESDAY).
The conference will be in-person this year with some virtual options. We will have a mix of posters, podium, and flash talk presentations (please see the website for additional information on format). 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.
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.
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 are available on the HBA website.
Please contact the HBA Program Committee Chair Amanda Veile: (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance with abstract or proposal preparation or on-line abstract submission difficulties.
Abstract Review Procedures
Each abstract submitted for the contributed presentations will be reviewed independently by at least two members of the 2024 HBA Program Committee regarding whether to accept/decline and whether to assign the abstract to a poster or podium session. Abstract acceptance is not based on membership status, prior participation, preferences for presentation mode, area of emphasis, or request for consideration for the special session. If accepted, an abstract will be published in the American Journal of Human Biology.
We anticipate sending the review decision to the first author via email by January 4, 2024.
Formatting Requirements for HBA Abstracts
Use the following checklist to ensure compliance with HBA format requirements
1. Times New Roman 12-point font.
2. 250 words maximum (exclusive of title, authors’ names, affiliations, & funding).
3. Capitalize only the first word and proper names in the title.
4. Bold the entire title.
5. An individual may be a first author on only 1 abstract.
6. Authors’ names: Include author initials (no periods, no spaces between initials) followed by full last name of all authors. Do not use all-caps, bold or italics.
7. Include each author’s departmental and institutional affiliation, city and state; do NOT give zip code or a full mailing address.
8. In case of multiple authors from different departments or institutions, use a superscript numeral following each author name(s) and again preceding their institution to indicate each author’s affiliation.
9. No tables or figures.
10. The UPLOADED ABSTRACT FILE NAME must be in the format: AUTHORLASTNAME.doc or AUTHORLASTNAME.docx or AUTHORLASTNAME.txt. Please do NOT submit pdf files.
11. Print and retain the confirmation page that appears at the completion of submission.