The Galton Institute makes awards of up to £1000 to help meet the cost of organising and running conferences or workshops on topics relevant to the Institute’s aims. We will under special, exceptional circumstances increase funding up to a maximum of £2,000, if the request is well justified.
We offer up to eight grants each year with a strong preference for conferences that could not take place without the Institute’s sponsorship. A grant will be subject to the following conditions:
- You don’t have to be a member of the Institute to apply, but if successful you will have to join before receiving the grant.
- There are two deadlines for grant submissions, March 1st and September 1st. Decisions about funding will be taken within 2-3 weeks of these deadlines.
- The Institute’s sponsorship of the conference will be mentioned on all conference literature, including any web page relating to the conference (which should provide a link to the Institute’s web site).
- A representative of the Institute will be entitled to attend the conference and be given a five-minute slot to say a few words about the Institute’s work (we may not always take up this entitlement).
- A brief report of the conference (500 to 1000 words) will be provided within 28 days of the meeting for The Galton Review (the Galton Institute attendee may be willing to produce this, but otherwise the organiser will have to do so).
- Funding will be limited to reimbursement of actual expenditure on items such as room hire, travelling expenses, promotion, printing of conference materials, etc.
- Since this is a small UK-based charity, the conferences should be on topics relevant to the Institute’s aims and, in general, if taking place outside the UK (e.g. a European mainland meeting or beyond) should have partnerships with, or organisers/speakers from the UK.
Applications for grants should be sent to the General Secretary and should include the following information:
- Brief CV of organiser (no more than one side of A4)
- Outline of conference programme
- Approximate date
- Venue (ie: which city and institution)
- Estimated costs and details of any other funding sources for the conference
- Expected number of attendees
Although it is possible to reapply for funding in subsequent years, recurrent grants (e.g. for regular meetings) will not be given automatically and grant applications will always be competitive.
We would not expect the application to exceed two A4 sides (excluding organiser’s CV) and we would prefer electronic submission (Word or pdf file) to facilitate onward circulation. Please use our contact form.
Past-funded conferences and workshops
This scheme has provided funding for the following conferences:
- European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, to be held 6-8 April, 2017 in Paris.
- New Directions in the Evolutionary Social Sciences conference held December 2016 in Cambridge.
- Life by Numb3rs: Towards Quantitative Biology, European Molecular Biology Laboratory symposium held November, 2016 in Heidelberg.
- Third Polish Society for Human and Evolutionary Studies 2016 Conference, held 28-30 September, 2016 at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland.
- Population and Ethics: Interdisciplinary perspectives on birth and death, held 27-28 September, 2016 in Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.
- Genetic Alliance UK Annual Conference 2016, held 27 September, 2016 at Amnesty International in the City of London.
- Human Evolution in Structured Populations, held 3 September 2016 at the University of Oxford.
- 9th Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics, held May 2016 in Dakar.
- European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held 5-8 April, 2016 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
- Sponsorship of Medsin Global Health Conference held at University College London November 2015.
- Just by Chance: Randomness and Variability Shaping Biology symposium October 2015 held by European Molecular Biology Laboratory Hamburg, PhD Group.
- British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held 7-9 September, 2015 at the University of Leeds.
- One –day workshop on Fertility preferences in Asia to be held at the Asian Population Association’s Annual conference in Kuala Lumpur in July, 2015.
- Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Current debates, 28 March, 2015, University of Helsinki (satellite meeting in EHBEA conference).
- European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association annual conference, held March, 2015 in Helsinki.
- Infant Feeding: Nurture and Nourishment seminar series held at Oxford University in the Michaelmas term 2014 by the Oxford University Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group.
- British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held in 8-10 September, 2014 at the University of Winchester.
- Genetics, Genomics and Global Health: Inequalities, Identities and Insecurities, held at the University of Sussex on 18 July, 2014.
- Integrating the Genome with the Phenome, annual meeting of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics, in conjunction with the South of England Genetic Epidemiology Group on 8 July 2014.
- European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association 9th annual conference held At-Bristol 6-9 April, 2014.
- Population Histories in Context: Past achievements and future directions held on 16-18 September, 2014 at Downing College, Cambridge coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population.
- DNA to social brains and minds, conference held 30 June-1 July, 2014 at The University of York.
- Generational change in reproductive cultures, series of seminars held in Autumn term 2013 by Oxford University Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group.
- Celebrating Genomics, A-Level student conference, Nowgen, 9 December, 2013.
- British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held 9-11 September, 2013 at the University of Swansea.
- Galton Institute Human Ethology Symposium within the 33rd International Ethological Congress and the Association for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference held in Gateshead, August, 2013.
- Annotating the Genome, annual meeting of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics, in conjunction with the South of England Genetic Epidemiology Group; held 11 June, 2013.
- Advancing Genomics Research in Africa, the 8th Scientific Conference of the African Society of Human Genetics held jointly with the H3 Africa Consortium in Accra 19-21 May, 2013, click here for report.
- 8th European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association conference, held 24-27 March, 2013 in Amsterdam.
- Tarragona Laterality Conference held February, 2013 in Tarragona, Spain at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution with support from the Leverhulme Trust.
- Sixth Form conference organised by the Wales Gene Park in Cardiff and Wrexham, Autumn 2012.
- British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held at the University of Nottingham 10-12 September, 2012.
- 7th European Human Behaviour and Evolution conference, held at Durham University, 25-28 March, 2012.
- Applied Evolutionary Anthropology, held at the University of Bristol 15-16 Sept 2011, organised by Mhairi Gibson and David Lawson
- Seminar series on Cousin marriages and the medicalisation of spouse selection held at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University, Autumn 2011. Organised by Philip Kreager
- Workshop on Contemporary childbearing and evolutionary theory held at Oxford University, 31 Mar-1 Apr 2011
- 6th European Human Behaviour and Evolution conference, held at the University of Giessen, Germany, 24-26 March 2011
- British Society for Population Studies annual conference, held at the University of Exeter, 13-15 September 2010.
- Workshop on Morphometrics and statistical shape analysis, held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, 7 June 2010.
- 5th European Human Behaviour and Evolution conference, held at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, 25-27 March 2010.
- Workshop on Cultural evolutionary approaches to language, held at Queen Mary, University of London, 26 February 2010.
- The Darwinian Renaissance in the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, 13 November 2009.
- Fertility declines in the past, present and future: what we don’t know and what we need to know co-organised by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and the British Society for Population Studies, held in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 15-17 July 2009.
- Why aren’t the social sciences Darwinian? held at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge, 14-16 May 2009. Click here for a report
- 4th European Human Behaviour and Evolution conference, held at the University of St Andrews, 6-8 April 2009.
- Hammering Flakes or Flaking Hammers? Palaeoanthropology Meets Primatology 2: The Origins of Percussive Technology, held at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, 18 October 2008.
- Trade-offs in female life histories: raising new frameworks in an integrative framework, workshop part of a series on Evolutionary Demography part-funded by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, held at the University of Bristol, 22-25th July 2008.
- Reproducing Regulation: New Laws for Fertility Treatment and Embryo Research – Will We Get it Right? A conference organised by the Progress Educational Trust, held at the Institute of Child Health, London, 1st November 2007.
- Sex, shopping and sharing: insights from animals to humans and back again, summer meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, held at the University of Newcastle, 5-7th September 2007.
- Workshop on Innovation and Evolution, held at the University of Southampton, 27-28th April 2007.
- 2nd European Human Behaviour and Evolution conference, held at London School of Economics, 28-30 March 2007.