6th Annual ESHE Meeting - 14-18 September, 2016 - Madrid, Spain

The 6th Annual ESHE meeting will take place at the historical Museo Arquelógico Regional in Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Spain from 14-17th September, 2016. The meeting will be followed by an excursion to the Pinilla del Valle site on Sunday the 18th of September with a picnic lunch and transport provided. Participants are encouraged to register early as spaces are limited.

The ESHE meeting is proudly hosted by the Museo Arquelógico Regional, with many thanks to the local organisers: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Enriqué Baquedano Perez and Belén Marquez Mora and their teams.

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The complete schedule can be downloaded here
Wednesday, 14 September

  • 13:00 - 17:00 - Registration
  • 17:00-19:00 - Poster Session 1 with open bar
  • 19:00 - 21:00 - Keynote lecture and official opening.
    This year's keynote lecture will be held by: Fernando Colmenares of the Universidad Complutense Madrid

    Thursday, 15 September

  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Registration
  • 9:00 - 18:00 - Plenary Sessions
  • 18:00 - 20:00 - Poster Session 2 with open bar
    Friday, 16th September
  • 8:30 - 19:00 - Plenary Sessions
  • 13:30 - 15:00 - Interactive Q&A session and clinic with the Editors of the Journal of Human Evolution

    We are inviting PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers to meet the Editors of the Journal of Human Evolution in an informal setting and ask their questions on how to get published in the journal. The session will be run during the lunch break and food and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so please register by contacting Mikaela Lui at info@eshe.eu in order to secure your place.

    Attendees who are currently working on a manuscript, are welcome to bring it along. The Editors will be happy to privately go over it at the end of the session and provide some feedback.

  • 19:00 - 20:00 - General Assembly
    Saturday, 17th September
  • 8:30 - 18:30 - Plenary Sessions
  • 20:30 - 23:00 - Closing Party
    This year's closing party will take place in the stunning main hall at the Muséo Arquelógico Regional. Tickets for the dinner cost 30€ and are available for purchase with registration.
    Sunday, 18th September
  • Excursion: Pinilla del Valle archaeological site. Price per person: 10€
  • This year's excursion will take place at the Pinilla del Valle archaeological site, located approximately 1.5 hours outside of Madrid. The excursion includes a coach to and from the site as well as a picnic lunch and refreshments.


    Registration is now Closed.

    If you are travelling to this year's ESHE meeting you may also be interested in attending the Fundación Ramón Areces symposium Evolutionary History of the Human Face organised by Rodrigo S. Lacruz and Juan-Luis Arsuaga on Tuesday 13 September 2016. For more information about this event please download the flyer



    The Pinilla del Valle Site

    The upper reaches of the Lozoya Valley, close to the village of Pinilla del Valle, some 100 kms north from Madrid, are home to a number of prehistoric sites of special scientific interest. They contain the remains of Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis), hominids more ancient than our own species. This makes them members of a small club of sites within Europe that contain palaeoanthropological remains. They also contain fossil associations of vertebrates from the Upper Pleistocene more complete than those of any other site in the Iberian Peninsula. Along with other palaeobotanical and geomorphological information, the findings at these sites are allowing us to reconstruct the past climates and landscapes of the region.

    The first site to be found, the Camino Cave, was discovered in 1979 by palaeontologists from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Excavations began in the 1980s under the supervision of Prof. F. Alférez. After a break during the 1990s, work was resumed in 2002 by an interdisciplinary group of researchers - archaeologists, palaeontologists, geologists, biologists and restorers - coordinated by the Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid, and soon extended to cover the entire area of the upper Lozoya River valley.

    This led to other sites being found at Calvero de la Higuera: Navalmaíllo Rock Shelter, Buena Pinta Cave, and Des-Cubierta Cave sites. The last of these was only discovered in 2009. There is, however, evidence that other fossil-bearing cavities exist in this same karst system.

    The interest that arose in these sites led to the area of "Los Calveros" being declared an Area of Special Cultural Interest by the Madrid Regional Government in 2005.

    For more information, you can download our site information.

    Excursion Schedule

    Coach departure is from the Museo Arquelógico Regional. We will leave the buses in Pinilla del Valle. From there, we will take the path towards the sites; this runs around the edge of the Pinilla Reservoir. The distance there and back is about 4 km. On the way we will be able to see waterfowl characteristic of flooded areas; with a little luck we might see a protected or threatened species such as the black stork. The visit is a low difficulty activity. You should wear comfortable footwear (boots or sports shoes). We recommend you bring binoculars. As it is still relatively warm at this time of year, we recommend you bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses etc. There are no toilets available.

    Expected arrival in Alcalá de Henares is 17:30 but there may be delays due to heavy traffic, so please do not rely on this arrival time for onward travel.

    Expected arrival in Alcalá de Henares is 17:30 but there may be delays due to heavy traffic, so please do not rely on this arrival time for onward travel. There will be a picnic lunch provided, so please email info@eshe.eu by 12th September if you have any special dietary requirements.

    9:00 - 10:00 Travel from Alcalá de Henares to Pinilla del Valle sites
    10:00 - 12:00 Visit of ongoing excavations at the archaeological sites of Pinilla del Valle:
  • Camino Cave
  • Navalmaíllo Rock Shelter
  • Buena Pinta Cave
  • Des-Cubierta Cave
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Picnic Lunch at the site
    13:30 - 16:00 Continue visit of archaeological sites
    16:00 Travel back to Alcalá de Henares


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    This year's registration includes two coffee breaks throughout the day, with ample time and opportunity to explore the city's many cafes and restaurants for lunch. In order to receive the membership rate for 2016, you must first renew your membership and register before 30th June. All registrations after this date will be required to pay the non-member fee.

    Registration fees for ESHE members

    • Professional Member fee: 60€
    • Student Member fee: 30€

    Registration fees for non-ESHE members

    • Professional Non-Member fee: 120€
    • Student Non-Member fee: 65€

    Abstract Submission - Deadline April 29

    The deadline for abstract submission for the 2016 meeting in Madrid is Midnight (PST) Friday 29 April. Participants must first register for the meeting before submitting an abstract.

    Please be aware of the following criteria for the evaluation of abstracts:

    • Abstracts must be in English and have a strict minimum and maximum character limit (minimum 2000 characters, maximum 4000 characters, with spaces).
    • Each first author can submit only one abstract.
    • We discourage simultaneous podium or poster presentations by the same group of authors on a similar topic.
    • Abstracts lacking in substance may not be accepted. All abstracts should have a clear description of the research with mention of methods and results.
    • Abstracts are evaluated using a peer-review, graded scale. Normally all papers are reviewed by 2-4 persons per subfield. The top papers are selected for the plenary sessions.
    • Accepted presenters will be notified in June.
    • Due to time constraints, only a limited number of podiums presentations will be accepted. Therefore some authors not accepted for podium talks will be offered the option of presenting a poster.

    Information for Presenters

    Poster Presentations

    All posters must be in A0 Portrait format. Landscape format will not be accepted due to space requirements. Presenters are expected to print and bring their poster with them to the meeting. Presenters are responsible for hanging their own poster on the designated board.

    Podium Presentations

    The podium presentations are organized into 20 minute time-slots. Presentations are encouraged to be 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The session chairperson will be strict with the time limits. Presenters are encouraged to have their presentations ready on a USB drive, to be given to our IT assistants before the start of their session.

    Pecha Kucha Presentations

    Each Pecha Kucha presentation will be strictly limited to 6 minutes and 40 seconds, and must contain exactly 20 slides. These slides must be sent to abstracts@eshe.eu no later than Monday, 12th September. The ESHE Organizers will then set the slides to display for exactly 20 seconds each. For more information on Pecha Kucha format, please visit: www.pechakucha.org

    Student Travel Grants- Deadline May 30th

    Following the success of the past two years, the ESHE Board has decided to offer travel grants to students attending the 2016 ESHE meeting in Madrid, Spain.


  • Applicants must be members of ESHE
  • Applicants must be presenting either a podium, pecha kucha or poster presentation at the 2016 meeting

  • How to apply:

  • First ensure that you have registered for the 2016 meeting and have submitted an abstract.
  • Send a letter of financial justification to president@eshe.eu by Monday, 30th May. This letter must include: 1) Information on where you will be travelling from, 2) A list of your anticipated expenses, 3) Information on any other funds you already have at your disposal (i.e. grants, scholarships, stipends), 4) A short CV, maximum 1 page.
  • Venue

    The 2016 conference will be held at the Museo Arquelógico Regional in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. The Museum is located in the former convent de la Madre de Dios, founded in 1624. In its long history, the building was used as a convent, a barracks, a prison and a government office, until finally being restored and converted into an archaeological museum, which opened in 1999. The museum is located in the centre of the historical city of Alcalá de Henares, and is host to important archaeological finds from the Comunidad de Madrid.

    Plaza de las Bernardas s/n
    Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)

    Local Information

    Travel to Alcalá de Henares from Madrid Barajas Airport

    • Train

      There are no direct trains from Madrid Barajas Airport to Alcalá de Henares, however it is possible to take the train from terminal T4 towards Principe Pio, and change at Atocha to line C-7, or C-2, in the direction of Alcalá de Henares, or Guadalajara. This option takes around 1-1 1/4 hours, and costs 3,25€

    • Bus

      The bus is probably the most direct and cheap option to get from the airport to Alcalá de Henares. Bus no. 824 leaves from terminals T1, T2 and T3, and travels directly to Alcalá de Henares. It takes approximately 45 minutes and tickets can be bought on board for 3,60€.

    • Taxi

      Taxis are a very convenient way to get straight to your hotel door in Alcalá de Henares. Generally a taxi takes 25-35 minutes, and costs around 30-45€.

    For more local tips, visit Alcala Now


    This year, ESHE has secured exclusive deals with the following hotels and hostels in the area. Click on the name to be directed to their website.



      Calle de Bulgaria, 2
      28802 Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +34912 91 85 00
      Email: forumalcala@rafaelhoteles.com

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Breakfasts buffet are included

      September 14th and 15th: - Special discount of – 20%
      Double room single use: 82,50 € per night VAT included
      Double room: 90,00 € per night VAT included

      September 16th, 17th and 18th:- Applied the Special weekend offer
      Double room single use: 69 € per night VAT included
      Double room: 69 € per night VAT included


      Plaza de San Diego, 8
      28801 Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +34918 88 67 26
      Email: reservas@hotelelbedel.com

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Double room + breakfast buffet: 78€ per night VAT included
      Double room single use + breakfast buffet: 69€ per night VAT included


      Calle Tercia, 8
      28801-Alcalá de Henares

      Tel.: +3491877 84 30
      Email: laposadamagistral@gmail.com

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Single room + breakfast: 28 € per night VAT included
      Double room + breakfast: 45 € per night VAT included
      Quadruple room + breakfast: 55 € per night VAT included


      Calle Cardenal Cisneros, 22
      28802 Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +34918 83 02 95
      Email: alcala@eveniahotels.com

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Single room + breakfast: 66 € per night VAT included
      Double room + breakfast: 72 € per night VAT included


      Cánovas del Castillo, 4
      Alcalá de Henares

      Teléfono: 91 882 47 45
      Email: hotel@ciudaddealcala.es

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Single room + breakfast: 42 € per night VAT included
      Double room + breakfast: 49 € per night VAT included
      Triple room + breakfast: 55 € per night VAT included


      Plaza San Diego s/n
      28801, Alcalá de Henares

      Teléfono: 91 878 81 46
      Email: sanildefonso@crusa.es

      Single room + breakfast: 55 € per night VAT included
      Double room + breakfast: 66 € per night VAT included



      Calle la Imagen, 12
      28801 Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +34918 83 12 77
      Email: hotel@hcervantes.es

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Double room single use: 58 € per night VAT included
      Double room: 65 € per night VAT included
      Double room + breakfast buffet: 79 € per night VAT included
      Lunch or dinner: 25 € VAT included


      Plaza San Diego, 2
      28801-Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +34918800387
      Email: info@hostelcomplutum.com

      Special offers to ESHE participants (indicate “ESHE Congress” while booking):
      Double room standard 64.90 € per night VAT included
      Double room superior 69.90 € per night VAT included
      Group rooms 4-5 and 6 pax (see web) + breakfast: 22.90 € per person, VAT included


      Don Juan I, 11
      28807 Alcalá de Henares

      Tel. +3491 883 34 84

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    *Pecha Kucha Prize Winner