About the Ancestral Health Symposium

AHS is a scientific conference which provides a forum for learning and discussion on all areas of human health. With evolutionary mismatch as a unifying theory, speakers present on topics including diet, movement, sleep, stress, epigenetics, and more. Founded on principles of collaboration across professions, our audience and speaker lineup include researchers, clinicians, health enthusiasts, fitness professionals, entrepreneurs, and more.

Conference Information

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the very first Ancestral Health Symposium! To celebrate this special anniversary, AHS will be returning to its roots at UCLA from August 12-14, 2021. This year’s speaker lineup is exceptional, featuring some of the most influential thinkers in the Ancestral Health space and speakers who have been pillars of this community since the very first symposium in 2011. 

While the future remains uncertain with the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are optimistic that we will be able to gather together safely in the summer with appropriate precautions, as they may be determined by the public health authorities and UCLA.  As usual, tickets will not be refundable on an individual basis.  But we are committed to a safe, in-person symposium, and if circumstances do not permit us to gather safely, we will cancel the symposium and refund all ticket sales in full. See full refund policy for more.

Buy your ticket early to take advantage of the early bird discount!



We have reserved a small block of rooms on campus from Wednesday, August 11, through Friday, August 13. Additional nights may be added if required, pending availability. Single rooms with a King bed are $128 per person, per night, and double rooms with two Queen beds are $64 per person, per night. For double rooms, you may specify your own roommate. If you do not have a pre-specified roommate, you may still book a double room and our staff will assign roommates.

Accommodations can be booked along with conference tickets here.

Conference Cancellation & Refund Policy

We understand that there will be many questions about what would happen in the event that the conference cannot proceed. If we have to cancel for any reason, we do not have plans to hold a virtual conference; we feel that being in person is the key element in achieving our goals of bringing people together to build new connections, meet up with old friends, and cross-pollinate ideas.

The Ancestral Health Society reserves the right to make changes to the program and, if necessary, cancel the conference at its sole discretion. In the event of a cancellation, the Ancestral Health Society will refund the full value paid to us for registration and/or accommodation at UCLA. The Ancestral Health Society will not be liable for any direct or indirect losses arising as a result of conference cancellation and will not, for example, be responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred. In the event of cancellation, the Ancestral Health Society will publicize the cancellation and details will be posted on the websites associated with the conference. Attendees are responsible for checking this information prior to the event.

As in past years, tickets are otherwise non-refundable, but can be transferred to another individual if required.

Before you go information for attendees

Key information

August 12, 13, and 14, 2021, at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center:  425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Conference check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, in front of the Laureate room.  Opening remarks and poster presentations will begin at 8:40 a.m.  See schedule, below, for more details.

Campus maps

Campus maps can be found here.

Public Health

Current Los Angeles County rules require everyone to wear masks when indoors.  We will have some masks on hand, but please bring whatever you will be most comfortable wearing, and remember that there will be a prize for the most ancestral mask!

We suggest you bring and wear layers, as it will be air conditioned in the meeting room and probably will be quite warm outside.

For Luskin Conference Center guests

We have arranged for guaranteed late check-in for all AHS21 guests who bought rooms at the Luskin Center, and someone is available at the front desk at all times.  You will be able to register from and after 4:00 p.m.  Though your room has been paid for, you will be asked to provide a credit card for any additional charges you may incur while at the Center.

Transportation and Parking

Driving directions to the Luskin Conference Center from the Los Angeles International Airport and the Burbank Airport, along with parking details, can be found here.

Transportation options, including ways to travel to UCLA from off-campus lodging, can be found here.

Parking under Luskin is limited and costs $32 per day.  There is also parking across the street in parking structure 8, at a daily rate of $28.

For arranging shared transportation and gatherings with other AHS21 attendees, check the AHS21 Facebook Group here.


AHS21 Talks and Events


As in previous years, we will use an online schedule to minimize paper waste. The latest schedule is readily available from mobile devices and can be saved to your home screen for quick reference.

See the schedule

We’ll also have the schedule posted in the lobby, and our volunteers are happy to help you however they can.  Look for the friendly people in the blue AHS21 T-shirts!

Welcome Dinner

For those who purchased a ticket, the Welcome Dinner, on Thursday, August 12, begins with a reception on the Luskin Center’s Centennial Terrace at 5:30 p.m.  A buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m.


There is a restaurant in Luskin, Plateia, where breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 a.m. Plateia menu

There are coffee makers in the Luskin hotel rooms, and we will have coffee, tea, and water available outside the meeting room each morning.

For other breakfasts and lunches, in addition to Plateia, there is various “fast food” available in the nearby Ackerman Student Union.  Other campus eateries are here.

In Westwood Village, bordering UCLA to the south, there are numerous cafes and restaurants, but not everything is open now, so it is best to check before walking to any of the businesses listed here.

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Reasons to Attend


Reenergize your ideas—whether you’re involved with research, healthcare, running a business, or looking to optimize your own health, you’re guaranteed to leave with a fresh perspective


Go beyond diet—learn about the latest research across a wide range of topics, all united by an evolutionary perspective


Welcoming and engaged community—you’ll leave feeling inspired and connected to a fantastic group of people who are working hard toward the common goal of improved health

AHS21 Archive

August 12-14, 2021
University of California
Los Angeles
  • US Wellness Meats
  • Dry Farm Wines
  • Pluck
  • Kona Restoration Farm

AHS19 Archive

August 8-10, 2019
University of California
San Diego
  • Ancestral Supplements
  • Bonafide Provisions
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Further Food
  • Price Pottenger
  • Primal Flow
  • The Weston A. Price Foundation

AHS18 Archive

July 19-21, 2018
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana
  • Ancient Nutrition
  • Biomat Store
  • Epic Provisions
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Mt. Capra
  • Nutritional Therapy Association
  • Roam Free Bison Bites
  • Sauna Space
  • Somnifix
  • Vital Proteins

AHS17 Archive

September 7-9, 2017
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
60+ presenters came together to share their work in ancestral health.
The AHS17 lineup included:
  • Enviromedica
  • Kresser Institute
  • Kettle & Fire
  • Epic Provisions
  • Vital Proteins
  • Seeking Health
  • Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Dr. Ben Lynch
  • Dry Farm Wines
  • The BioMat Store
  • Allergy Research Group
  • Just Thrive Probiotic
  • Bio-Botanical Research Inc.
  • HEALcare
  • Roam Free Bison Bites
  • Ancient Nutrition

AHS16 Archives

Videos, Bios, Abstracts, Schedules from the 2016 Ancestral Health Symposium
AHS16 was held in Boulder, CO, August 11-13, 2016. Below you’ll find links to the videos, schedule, abstracts, and bios.

AHS works because of the efforts of many both on site and in the months leading up to the symposium. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers for all sharing their time and talents to help fulfill our mission of sharing the message of ancestral health with the public.

Organizers and Volunteers (alphabetical order)
  • Aaron Blaisdell, Program Team
  • Jeff Bonczewski
  • Mark Bosick
  • Anne Dann
  • Claire DeLeo
  • Tess Falor, Program Team
  • Susan Guegan
  • Erica Holmes
  • Dani Kartchner
  • Ben Kuo
  • Justine Lam, Program Team
  • Joel Lenorivitz
  • Grace Liu, Program Team
  • Alyssa Luck
  • Steven Luibrand, Volunteer Chair
  • Marisa Moon
  • Katherine Morrison
  • Ryan Nagle
  • Amanda Oakley, Conference Coordinator
  • Angeles Rios, Registration Chair
  • Tim Rottink
  • Ellen Seeley
  • Ben Sima, Tech Lead
  • J. Brett Smith, Program Committee Chair
  • Hamilton M. Stapell, Program Team
  • Clara Wisner