*** UPDATED 21-Oct-09 ***


37th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology
October 28-31, 2009, Vancouver, BC


37eme Conférence Annuelle de L'Association Canadienne D'Anthropologie Physique
du 28 au 31 Octobre, Vancouver, BC


The 37th annual CAPA conference will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Campus from October 28-31, 2009.

A copy of the final programme for the conference can be downloaded here.

The deadline for pre-registration and abstract submission has now passed, but on-site registrations are welcome.



Venues and schedule

The welcome reception and the presentations will take place at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, which is located at 515 West Hastings, Vancouver (http://www.vancouver.sfu.ca/). We will be using two rooms in the Harbour Centre, the Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre and the Segal Centre.

The conference banquet will be held at The Hermitage, which is one of the top French restaurants in Vancouver. The Chef/Owner has agreed to provide us with a set menu for a very reasonable price. The Hermitage is located at 115-1025 Robson Street, Vancouver. Further information about The Hermitage can be found at http://www.thehermitagevancouver.com/.

The schedule for the conference is shown below. Please note that the welcome reception and the poster sessions will be held in the Segal Centre. The podium presentations, CAPA buisness meeting and the keynote address will be held in the Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre.

Wed Oct 28

17:00-21:00 - Welcome reception

Thu Oct 29

09:00-12:00 - Forensics podium presentations                                                                    Bioarchaeology posters

13:00-14:15 - Bioarchaeology: Methods podium presentations                                          Other posters

14:30-16:00 - Primate Behaviour and Ecology podium presentations                                Other posters

Fri Oct 30

09:00-12:00 - Human Biology and Ecology podium presentations                                     Bioarchaeology posters*

13:00-16:00 - Bioarchaeology: Issues and Regional Studies podium presentations           Other posters*

16:00-17:00 - CAPA business meeting

17:00-18:00 - Keynote address

19:00-22:00 - Banquet

Sat Oct 31

09:00-12:00 - Palaeoanthropology podium presentations

*Poster presenters will have two opportunities to present their work, one on Thursday and one on Friday.



Abstract submission

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. However, only CAPA members can present papers as a sole or first author. Please see the CAPA website for instructions on how to become a member of the association (http://www.capa-acap.org).

Submissions will be accepted for the following symposia:
• Forensic anthropology.
• Primate behaviour and ecology.
• Human biology (including human behavioral ecology and health of historical populations).
• Bioarchaeology.
• Palaeoanthropology.

Please note that there is a limit of one sole- or first-authored paper per person.

Abstracts are required for both podium presentations and posters. Each abstract should explain the significance of the hypothesis investigated in the study, outline the prediction(s) tested, and give details of the results of the analysis. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length. Please do not include tables, figures, graphs, or references in your abstract. In addition, please indicate whether you would prefer to give a podium presentation or a poster. An abstract submission form is available for download here.

Please email your abstract to the organizing committee at capa2009vancouver(at)gmail.com.

For an abstract to be accepted, first authors must have registered and paid the registration fee.

The organizing committee will review the abstracts. Every effort will be made to assign presentations to oral or poster sessions as requested, but we cannot guarantee this will always be possible. You will receive notification by e-mail confirming acceptance of your abstract.

Questions regarding the submission of your abstract or the scientific program should be directed to the organizing committee at capa2009vancouver(at)gmail.com.



Regular Member: $75.00 per person
Student Member: $50.00 per person
Non-Member: $90.00 per person
Day rate: $30.00 per person

Banquet: $60.00 per person

Please note that, because The Hermitage is relatively small, only 55 tickets for the banquet are available for purchase.

Please make your cheque payable to the Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, and send it to CAPA 2009 c/o Mark Collard, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive NW, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6.

Please provide your institutional affiliation and contact details along with the cheque.



Special rate hotels

We are lucky to have two of Vancouver’s best hotels offering reduced rates to CAPA 2009 attendees:

All room rates are subject to applicable taxes. Additional fees will be charged for a third or fourth guest. To take advantage of the conference rate, you will need to ask for the CAPA group rate specifically and have a credit card number ready with expiry date to guarantee the booking. Nothing will be charged at the time of booking—this is just for the guarantee.

Please note the rooms are not being held, but offered at a discounted rate. Reservations are first come, first serve, so book early to avoid disappointment. After you have confirmed a reservation, you may change the dates or revise as necessary.

Alternative hotels

If you who do not wish to stay in one of the conference hotels, there are many others to choose from. The following hotels are also located close to the Harbour Centre. These hotels are not offering discounted CAPA rates, but may appeal for other reasons.

Budget hostels

Vancouver has some wonderful budget hostels. It also has some budget hostels that should be avoided. So, you need to be careful. The following hostels have a reputation for being clean, safe, and well maintained:


Guidelines for Presentations

Podium Presentations

The room will be equipped with the following:
• Laser pointer.
• Data projector.
• Laptop (PC).

Each speaker will have 15 minutes. You should plan on speaking for 12 minutes and answering questions for a further three minutes. Session chairs will stick rigidly to time.

You will need to give your presentation file to the session chair well in advance of the start of the session. Please use a CD or USB device for this purpose. If you decide to use PowerPoint for Mac to prepare your presentation, consider printing it to PDF. This should prevent any Mac-PC translation problems. If you don’t print it to PDF, you will need to check it on a PC before giving the file to the session chair.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be on display in the Segal Centre on Thursday and Friday from 08:30-16:30. Authors should be in attendance at their posters at the allotted time. Mounting materials will be provided.

The maximum poster size is 120 (vertical) x 110 (horizontal) centimetres (3’11” by 3’7”). Space is limited so it is important that all posters comply with these guidelines. Please note that oversized posters will not be accepted.

Poster material should be presented in a clear and logical format. Keep text to a minimum and use graphs or tables to illustrate your message. Titles should be legible 2.5 metres away and viewers should be able to read the text from 1.5 metres distance. Subheadings should be in bold type and in at least 30 point font. Text font should be at least 20 point, though larger font is encouraged.

Poster printing can be arranged in Vancouver via Simon Fraser University. The price for printing colour posters is $12 per running foot (30.5 cm), which would total approximately $48 per poster. If you wish to use this service, posters must be emailed directly to the printer by 14 October, 2009. The printer's email address is laurence_lee(at)sfu.ca. To ensure accurate printing, you must indicate the version of PowerPoint used. Please note that the printer can produce posters of a maximum of 91 cm width.


Organizing committee

Mark Collard* (SFU Archaeology; http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/faculty/collard/index.html)

Derek Congram (SFU Archaeology; http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/graduate/grad_students/congram.html)

Marina Elliott (SFU Archaeology; http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/graduate/grad_students/elliott.html)

Pablo Nepomnaschy (SFU Health Sciences; http://www.fhs.sfu.ca/portal_memberdata/pablo)

Michael Reid (UT Anthropology; http://www.mjcreid.anom.ca/index.shtml)

Mark Skinner (SFU Archaeology; http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/faculty/skinner/index.html)

Dongya Yang (SFU Archaeology; http://www.sfu.ca/archaeology/faculty/yang/index.html)

*Committee chair