The following people currently serve as the Board of Trustees for The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.

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Rachel Schats

Grants Secretary

Rachel Schats

Grants Secretary (2021‒)


Rachel is an Assistant Professor in Human Osteoarchaeology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. She studied Archaeology (BA and MA) at Leiden University and studied under Prof. Hillson and Prof. Waldron at University College London during her masters. She started with a PhD at Leiden after graduating which aimed at gaining a better understanding of the physical consequences of medieval developments, such as urbanisation and commercialisation, by comparing rural and urban skeletal populations. During this time, Rachel was involved in several large-scale cemetery excavations.  Following the completion of her doctorate in 2016, she remained in Leiden as a lecturer in Osteoarchaeology and was appointed as Assistant Professor in 2018. Her current research project, funded by the Dutch Research Council, investigates the distribution and impact of malaria in the medieval Netherlands.

Job Description

The Grants secretary is responsible for announcing the annual round of academic and commercial grants through the BABAO email list and setting the deadline for submissions. The post-holder ensures that all grant applications adhere to the regulations set out in the grants document and if necessary updates this document. The Grants secretary manages the judging process and collates the results, informing the winners by email and disseminating the results via the BABAO email list and at the AGM. She/he also ensure that the grant holders submit their report and present their research at the annual meeting.