Anatomical Society Meetings


The 19th Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists


Registration is now open!


The 19th IFAA Congress will be held in London, from the 9th – 11th August 2019 and is proudly hosted by the Anatomical Society. The Anatomical Society previously hosted the 5th Congress in Oxford in 1950 and the 12th Congress in London in 1985. In its 132nd year, the Anatomical Society will again be delighted to welcome the 19th IFAA Congress to London.

The Congress will be held in the purpose-built ExCel conference centre in a redeveloped region of London’s docklands that has excellent, fast public transport links to the rest of the city. The Congress Scientific Programme will reflect the considerable breadth of interests in the discipline of Anatomy. The conference centre allows at least parallel sessions and therefore participants will be able to choose to attend sessions of most interest to them. There will also be an opportunity for some participants to give oral presentations. 

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Anatomy.

Plenary speakers include:


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, Dublin, Ireland.

Art and Anatomy 

(Sponsored by The Anatomical Society)


Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee, Scotland

Craniofacial reconstruction: from forensic identification to Neanderthal depiction.

(Sponsored by The Anatomical Society)


King’s College London, UK

The History of Gray’s Anatomy

(Sponsored by The Anatomical Society)


Nuffield Hospital, Brighton, UK

Anatomical and embryological considerations in male to female transgender surgery.

(Sponsored by The Anatomical Society)


Dept of Anatomy and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Department of Health Science Institute, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey

Impact of early life adversity and environmental conditions on the development of the nervous system.

(Sponsored by The Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy)


Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine INM-1, Research Centre Julich, Germany


Transmitter receptor fingerprints in the cerebral cortex of human, primate and rodent brains reveal regional homologies and functional networks.

(Sponsored by The European Federation of Experimental Morphology)




The IFAA Executive Board is making a limited amount of funding available which will allow payment of the registration for 20 individuals i.e. ten emergent anatomists and ten postgraduate (PhD) students from low- and some lower middle-income countries to attend IFAA 2019. 

Emergent anatomists are defined as academics employed in knowledge-based institutions who are actively trying to establish themselves as teachers, researchers or educational innovators and have not been in their academic post longer than approximately eight years. 

  • Applicants must be from countries that are member associations of the IFAA or have provisional member status of the IFAA.
  • Only mail received via the President of an IFAA Member Association will receive a response. 
  • Applicants must be presenting at the Congress.
  • Applicants must include a statement that they will pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Registration fees will not be paid to the recipients, but will be paid directly to the London Organising Committee. 
  • No more than one person in each category (emergent anatomist or postgraduate student) from each country will be approved.


Only member Associations in the following countries are included in this incentive:

Low income countries: 

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea Dem. People's Rep., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

The following lower middle income countries are also included:

Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Myanmar, Romania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela

Applications for this incentive must reach the panel before 28th February 2019. Applicants can only apply via the President of their own Association. Applications must then be emailed to the president of IFAA: for screening by a panel. 


Early Bird registration: £400

Late registration: £500

Early Bird student registration: £200

Late student registration: £300

Please note that the congress rates do not include any catering. Food and drink will be available to purchase during all breaks. 



01/10/2018: Registration and bstract submission opens

22/4/2019: Early Bird Registration and Abstract submission closes

07/8/2019: Late Registration closes 



All registrations and accommodation cancellations must be received in writing at

All cancellations will incur a £20 administration charge.

Up to 23/03/2019: Full refund minus £20.00 handling fee. 

Up to 07/06/2019: 50% refund minus a £20.00 handling fee.

After 07/06/2019: No refund.

Name changes can be made at any point without charge. 

Refunds will be received 5-10 working days after confirmation of receipt of cancellation email. 


Accommodation can be booked through the registration portal. You will need to register in order to book. If you have already registered, you can use your login details to add accommodation to your booking.

Please click here to book.

The rates below have been contracted by the congress organisers. Alternative accommodation can be booked independently. 

For a cheaper alternative, student accommodation is available to book independently herePlease check the distance to the venue when booking. 

Cancellation policy:

All registrations and accommodation cancellations must be received in writing at

All cancellations will incur a £20 administration charge.

Up to 23/03/2019: Full refund minus £20.00 handling fee. 

Up to 07/06/2019: 50% refund minus a £20.00 handling fee.

After 07/06/2019: No refund.




A place at the social event can be reserved when you register for the Congress. Please note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please book early to avoid any disappointment.


Mediaeval Banquet - Saturday 10 August 2019 

In this fun and informal evening, join Henry VIII and his court of knights, troubadours, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, minstrels and mediaeval tumblers and enjoy dinner and drinks served at your table. Located in the beautiful and historic St Katharine Docks alongside the River Thames, just a two-minute walk from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The evening includes:

  • 4-course meal (served mediaeval banquet style)
  • Ale and wine with dinner
  • Live mediaeval entertainment
  • Dancing until late

After the dinner, the disco will start and a cash bar will be available.

Please note that this is a fun and immersive theatrical dinner experience with casual food rather than a traditional gala dinner.


Tickets cost £55 per person. 

Location: Ivory Vaults, St Katharine Docks 

Transport: The closest stations are Tower Hill and Tower Hill Gateway 




For further details on how to submit an abstract please click here

1. The full address/affiliation details of all authors must be given.

2. The abstract title must specify the species or animal group used in the study if relevant.

3. The abstract text must reflect what will be presented at the Congress and authors should aim for a clear simple summary. Briefly state, without subheadings, the purpose of the study (what question was asked, limitations and why), the methods used, the findings and their significance (please avoid such phrases as ‘the significance of the findings will be discussed’).

4. There is a 300 word limit for main abstract text.

5. References should not be included.

6. The text should include a statement about ethical approval. It is important when describing experiments using living animals that any anaesthetic and surgical procedures are described, and if necessary the way in which the animals were killed is described. Where abstracts refer to experiments on living human subjects, they must include a statement that the experiments were performed with the understanding and consent of the subject. Descriptions of research on human cadavers must describe the legal/ethical framework under which the work was performed. If no ethical approval was required, please add a statement to confirm this at the end of the abstract.

Abstracts for pieces of anatomical artwork are encouraged. These will be shown as an image on a poster at the meeting. The abstract, describing the concept and artwork (max. 300 words) and including a photograph, should be sent to and copied to in addition to submission via the Portal



 1. All abstracts that meet the submission requirements will be published in the Journal of Anatomy, unless specifically requested otherwise at the time of submission.

2. The peer review requirement of the Journal must be met prior to acceptance for publication, and changes may be required. In all cases the decision on final acceptability for publication lies with the Editors in Chief of the Journal.

3. Abstracts may undergo editing to conform to the Journal of Anatomy house style before being circulated in the online abstract booklet for the Congress, and authors are asked to proofread their abstracts carefully at this stage.


Forthcoming Anatomical Society Meetings

Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 2019
Anatomical Society Summer Meeting 2020


The aim of the Society's Scientific Meetings is to promote high quality science and research in the anatomical sciences.  One of the greatest strengths of the Society is its diversity and nowhere is this exemplified better than by the range of topics at our meetings.


Previous Meetings

  • Anatomical Society Winter Meeting, 2018, 17-19th December 2018, York, UK.
  • Anatomical Society Summer Meeting, 2018, 23rd-25th July 2018, Oxford, UK.
  • Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 2017,  18th-20th December 2017, Dundee, Scotland.
  • Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 2016, 19th-21st December 2016, King's College London, UK.
  • Joint Anatomical Society and BACA Summer Meeting, 19th-21st July 2016, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK.
  • Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 2015, 14th-16th December 2015, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK.