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The European Anthropological Association, EAA, is a scientific organisation which aims to promote research and teaching in Anthropology in the different European countries and to promote exchanges of information, workshops, scientific congresses, and schools at post graduate level.

The Association has about 600 regular members from 30 European and 5 non-European countries.
The EAA arranges a congress every two years (on the even years) in a different European host city.



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OBITUARY - Alex F. Roche (1922-2017)

Professor Alex F. Roche, a well-known expert in public health and paediatrics, died on the 21st of May, 2017 (Yellow Springs, OH, USA) at the age of 95.
Professor Roche was known for his work with The Fels Longitudinal Study, which was founded in Yellow Springs in 1929 as part of the Fels Research Institute. The Fels Longitudinal Study was originally designed to study child growth and development. Physical growth, maturation and the psychological development of children were early key research areas of interest in the Fels Longitudinal Study.
The Fels Longitudinal Study focused on physical growth, skeletal maturation, body composition, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and obesity, skeletal and dental biology, longitudinal biostatistical analyses and aging. In 1977, the Fels Research Institute and the Fels Longitudinal Study became part of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The Fels Longitudinal Study was the longest operational longitudinal study of its kind in the world.
The detailed
obituaries, published by the Wright State University (Dayton, OH, USA) and The Yellow Springs News can be found here: ,



We are sad to announce you the death of our colleague Prof. ROLAND HAUSPIE, after a long disease he decided in all dignity to end his sufferings. Born on April the 8th 1948, he died on April 25th 2017 after a beautiful and active life.
In 1970, he got the Degree in Biological Sciences at the Free University of Brussels, and in 1977 his doctoral degree on "Growth and maturation in chronic respiratory patients: a mixed longitudinal survey on physical development, sexual maturation and bone age in a group of chronic respiratory patients, aged 2 to 20 years (original in Flemish)".
His research and teaching was about biometry, growth and development.
He was Assistant to the Laboratory of Anthropogenetics, Free University of Brussels (Dir. Prof. C. Susanne) from October 1970 until September 1977, and after a nomination as Senior Research Associate, Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders) from October 1977 until September 2000, he was nominated as Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since October 2000.
He had also a fellowship to work with Prof. J.M. Tanner as NATO-Research Fellowship awarded for a period of 12 months (March 1978 - February 1979) at the Department of Growth and Development, Institute of Child Health, University of London (Dir. Prof. J.M. Tanner), project: Longitudinal Study of the Growth in West Bengal Children (Sarsuna-Barisha). After this fellowship, he became one of the best recognized specialist in this research topic.

His guidance was appreciated by many of our colleagues, let me cite between others KOZIEL Slawomir (Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland), CASTRO GARCIA-MUNOZ Sonia (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain), SALCES BETI Maria Itziar (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain), SAN MARTIN Leire Telo (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain), HERNANDEZ Raquel Juan (Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain), ESPARZA-PAGES Mireia (University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain), RANCATO Giacoma (Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy), SMETS Eric (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium), GAIBAR ALONSO Maria (Universidad de Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Alcala de Henares, Spain), RUDICS Zita (Jozsef Attila University, Szeged, Hungary), KRZEMIEN-DABROWSKA Anna (Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland), HARGITAI Gabor (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary), MODDE Sabine (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium), IRETON Marie-Jose (Universite de la Mediterranee, Marseille, France), ZSAKAI Annamaria (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary), BACSKAI Krisztina (University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary), NTAIOU Chrysa (Aristoteles University of Thesaloniki, Katerini, Greece), CAMBRON Alfonso (Universidad La Coruna, Coruna, Spain).

Roland Hauspie was member of different associations, such as the Societe royal Belge d'Anthropologie et de Prehistoire, the Society for the Study of Human Biology (U.K.) (from which he was member of the Committee), the Human Biology Council (U.S.A.), the Societe d'Ecologie Humaine (France), and of course the European Anthropological Association from which he was for a long time a very active member of the Board and of the Council, he has been Secretary-general of the EAA (1993-1998).
He has been also Secretary-general of the IIIrd International Congress of Auxology (Brussels, August 26-30, 1982), Member of the Editorial Board of the Revue de la Societe d'Anthropologie de Paris (France, 1989-), Member of the Editorial Board of Annals of Human Biology (U.K., 1991-), Member of the Editorial Board of Anthropological Science (Japan, 1992-1998), Member of the Scientific Board of HOMO (Germany, 1994-), Co-editor of Annals of Human Biology (Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Human Biology), Taylor & Francis, London (1995-2005), Member of the Advisory Board of the Acta Medica Auxologica (Italy, 1996 -), Member of the Board of the "Groupement d'Anthropologistes de Langue Francaise" (1997-), Member of the Board of the International Association of Auxology (1997-), Member of the Editorial Board of Economics & Human Biology.
He received also an award: Conceder la Condecoracion "José Maria Velasco Ibarra" en el grado "Al Mérito" al doctor (equivalent to a doctor honoris causa) at the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (Republica del Ecuador, Augustus 2013).

The list of his publication is too long to mention here, let me cite only some of the books he published:
• Borms, J., Hauspie, R., Sand, A., Susanne, C., Hebbelinck, M., 1984, Human Growth and Development (New York: Plenum Press), pp. 836.
• Hauspie, R., Lindgren, G., Falkner, F. (Eds.), 1995, Essays on Auxology (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire: Castlemead Publications), pp. 552. Fogel]
• Dasgupta P., Hauspie R. (Editors), 2001, Perspectives in Human Growth Development and Maturation, (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers).
• Hauspie R.C., Cameron, N., Molinari, L. (Editors), 2004, Methods in Human Growth Research (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). pp. 399.

He participated also to many research projects:
• Mixed-longitudinal survey on physical development, sexual maturation and bone age in a group of chronic respiratory patients, aged 2 to 20 years (1973-1977). Project supported by the National Fund for Scientific Research.
• Comparative study of the growth in height and weight of Belgian and Hungarian children (1977-1978). In collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest (Prof. Gy. Gyenis) and the National Sanatorium for children of Budapest (Dr. A. Madach).
• Comparative study the Preece Baines and double logistic growth models: analysis of longitudinal growth data of Belgian girls (1977-1978). In collaboration with the Ecole de Sante Publique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Dr. A. Wachholder).
• Longitudinal study of the growth in West Bengal children: Sarsuna-Barisha Project (1978- ). Project supported by a NATO-Research Fellowship. In collaboration with the Anthropological Survey of India (Calcutta, Prof. S.R. Das) and the Department of Growth and Development, Institute of Child Health, University of London (Prof. J.M. Tanner).
• Growth survey on height and weight of Swedish children born in 1955 and 1967 (1985-1989). In collaboration with the Department of Educational Research, Stockholm Institute of Education, Stockholm, Sweden (Prof. G. Lindgren).
• Study of the physical development of children living in an area exposed to lead pollution (Hoboken, Belgium; 1979-1985). In collaboration with the Provincial Institute for Hygiene (Antwerp, Belgium).
• Study of the skeletal maturation of Belgian boys: a longitudinal study (1986-1987). In collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest (Prof. Gy. Gyenis) and the Ecole de Sante Publique, Unversite Libre de Bruxelles (Dr. A. Wachholder).
• Construction of cross-sectional standards for growth in height and weight of Belgian boys and girls (1986-1987). In collaboration with the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie et de Genetique Humaine, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Dr. M. Vercauteren).
• Longitudinal study of the growth of Central African babies, age 0-2 years, in relation to seasonal variation in nutritional factors and diseases, such as measles and whooping cough (1983-). In collaboration with the Centre National de Recherche Scientific (France), Pavillon de l'Enfant, Aix-en-Provence, France (Dr. H. Pagezy).
• Multi-disciplinary study of the genetics of polygenic characteristics on the basis of twin data: anthropometry, psychology, ergometry, cytogenetics, physiology (1984-1990). Project supported by the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium).
• Analysis of age at menarche among Ladakh (Himalayas) girls (1984). Collaboration in the data analysis of this project (University of Delhi, New Delhi, India: Dr. S.L. Malik).
• Construction of longitudinal growth standards for growth and growth velocity in height, allowing for variation in the shape of individual growth patterns of Belgian boys and girls (1987-1990). In collaboration with the Ecole de Sante Publique, Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Dr. A. Wachholder).
• Genetic determinants in the EEG-sleep patterns: a twin study (1988-). Collaboration with the Sleep Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, Hopital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Dr. P. Linkowski).
• Study of the relation between socio-economic factors and various aspects of the individual growth pattern in length and weight of Lublin boys and girls: a pure longitudinal survey (1990-). Collaboration with the Institute of Pediatrics of the Medical Academy, Lublin, Poland (Prof. Dr. H. Chrzastek-Spruch).
• Heredity of the shape of the growth curve: a purely longitudinal twin study of Wroclaw boys and girls (1989-). In collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. P. Bergman and Prof. T. Bielicki).
• Growth pattern of body length among children with hypophosphataemic vitamin-D resistant rachitis: a pure longitudinal growth study (1988-). In collaboration with Department of Pediatrics, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam (Prof. Dr. R. Steendijk).
• Study of the relationship between the skeletal maturation as a trigger for the timing of the adolescent growth spurt (1988-1991). In collaboration with Institute of Anthropology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. T. Bielicki).
• Study of the variation in shape of the growth pattern in relation to the maturational status: a pure longitudinal survey (1988-). In collaboration with Institute of Anthropology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. T. Bielicki).
• Construction of longitudinal growth standards for height and weight allowing for variation in individual growth patterns: Sweden (1990-). In collaboration with the Department of Educational Research, Stockholm Institute of Education, Stockholm, Sweden (Prof. G. Lindgren).
• Study of the infant growth in relation to confounding factors (1994-): In collaboration with Universite de Paris VII, Lab. d'Anthropologie Biologique, INSERM unite 155 (Dr. F. Demoulin).
• Study of growth in preterm and low-birth weight infants in relation to confounding factors (1993-). In collaboration with the Institute of Pediatrics of the Medical Academy, Lublin, Poland (Prof. Dr. H. Chrzastek-Spruch) and the Sackle School of Medicine, Division of Anthropology and Anatomy (Prof. E. Livshits and Prof. E. Kobylianski).
• Study of the short-term variation in growth velocity asthmatic and cystic fibrosis patients: (1995-). In collaboration with the Asthma Center in De Haan, Belgium (Dr. H. Franckx).
• Longitudinal analysis of distance and annual increase curves and distribution of the age of maximum increment in height among junior high school athletes (1997-). In collaboration with Prof. K. Nariyama, Kyoto Bunkyo University and Prof. T. Mino, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan).
• Short-term growth increments as a measure of environmental constraints (1997-). In collaboration with the Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Anthropology, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. B. Hulanicka).
• Genetic and environmental factors on pattern of fat deposition and distribution (1997-). In collaboration with the Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Anthropology, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. T. Bielicki and Prof. B. Hulanicka).
• Analysis of BMI and skinfolds with the LMS method (1998-). In collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (Prof. E. Rebato).
• Growth and growth velocity of patients with Turner syndrome (1998-). In collaboration with the University and the Hospital de Pediatria of Buenos Aires (Prof. Lejarraga).
• Study of the effect of marital status on health in Polish adult males. Application of logistic regression techniques (1998-). In collaboration with the Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Anthropology, Wroclaw, Poland (Prof. T. Bielicki and Dr. E. Rogucka).
• Estimation of centile lines for growth variables in the Basque population (1999-). In collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (Prof. E. Rebato).
• Growth and final height in patients suffering from congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to classical 21-hydroxylase deficiency. A multicenter Study (1999-). In collaboration with the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, and the Working Party of the Middle-European Workshop on Paediatric Endocrinology (Prof. Gy. Gyenis).
• Semi-longitudinal study of growth and development of school children from 'El Yopal, Colombia (2000-). In collaboration with the University of Bogota and of Aix-en-Marseille (Dr. O. Dutour, Drs. M-J. Ireton).
• Longitudinal analysis of growth in twins (Budapest; 2000-). In collaboration with the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary (Prof. E. Bodzsar).
• Study of BMI in the Belgian population (2000-). In collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Prof. M. Vercauteren).
• Study of growth of and development of Flemish infants, children and adolescents (2000-2006). Project supported by the Flemish Community, Ministry of Public Health and in collaboration with "Kind & Gezin", The Flemish Scientific Association for Youth Health and with various Departments of the University of Louvain (KUL), and Ghent.

But after all these details of his career, the most important thing to remember of ROLAND HAUSPIE is that he was a real gentleman appreciated by all the colleagues with whom he collaborated. At personal level, I will remember a co-worker who became a friend, a colleague hard-working, independent, active, loyal, worthy, helpful, hearty, friendly.

Prof. Charles Susanne

Dear Colleagues,
It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate at the 9th conference of Baltic Morphology in Tartu, Estonia (first announcement). The conference will be held on September 27-29, 2017 at the Estonian National Museum and the Main Building of the University of Tartu.
The program of the traditional biannual conference will cover all fields of morphological sciences, including cell biology, developmental biology, macroscopic anatomy, histology, physical anthropology and veterinary anatomy. In addition, presentations about history of morphological sciences are invited.
The detailed information regarding the registration, the conference fee, the call for the abstracts and the full papers will be available at the site: The full papers will be published in a special issue of the Papers on Anthropology (50 Euro will be charged for every full paper). The open access journal is available at
The deadline for the submission of the papers is June 20, 2017 and for the abstracts May 20, 2017.
We look forward to seeing you all in Tartu in September 2017.
from Andres Arend (Department of Anatomy, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia,

The scientific summer school "Nutritional status within life-cycle and among populations: anthropometric and body composition methods of assessment" will be held in Cagliari, Italy (Aug. 28th - Sept. 1st, 2017). Applications are welcome. For more information, please contact me (Universita di Cagliari, Italy,,
from Elisabetta Marini

It is with great sadness that we inform the EAA members that Professor Roland Hauspie, our colleague and friend passed away on the 25th April, 2017. Professor Hauspie was one of the Honorary Members of the EAA. His longer obituary will be published soon.

Greetings EAA,
I am an American student who recently moved to the Netherlands to begin a PhD. I am a former foster youth and am interesting in establishing a larger support system as I begin my research journey. My work looks at the affects of the Greek debt crisis on young adults in Greece.
If any EAA members are interested in mentoring a young anthropologist just starting out, I would be very happy to talk with them.
from Jerika L. Heinze (

All detailed information on the EAA Summer School in Biological Anthropology (Poznan, Poland, 12 July - 22 July 2017) and the application form are available at the following websites: and
The deadline of application is comming soon (the 31st of January, 2017)!
from Prof. Maria Kaczmarek

The two previous Iberian Symposia on Geometric Morphometrics took place in Sabadell (Barcelona) at the Institut Catala de Paleontologia and in Madrid, at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Autonomous University of Madrid). We now have the pleasure to inform you that the third in this series of meetings is going to take place at the Universitat de Girona (University of Girona) in Girona (Catalonia, Spain) on the 9th-10th of June, 2017 (first call of 3rd ISGM).
The aim of the meeting is to provide a platform to promote the dissemination and exchange of knowledge among researchers and scholars, who are interested in the application of geometric morphometrics in their analyses. This conference is aimed at all those professors, researchers, professionals and students in any field of science, who are interested in the application of geometric morphometric within their scientific studies. Registration is open until March. Poster and podium presentations are welcome.
This congress is expected to be a meeting point for the GM community of the Iberian Peninsula for discussing all the applications, doubts and aspects of this fascinating method. We hope that many people come to present their research and to grow our network. We look forward to welcoming you at the Sala de Graus (Degree Room) of the Faculty of Arts in the in the heart of Girona.
For more information, see the web page
from Prof. Carme Rissech (University of Girona,


OBITUARY - Derek Roberts (1926-2017)

It is with great sadness that we inform the EAA members that Professor Derek Roberts, age of 91, passed away on the 19th December, 2016.
Professor Derek Roberts was born in London, UK and after his army service during World War 2 Prof. Roberts received a degree in Geography from Cambridge University, developing an interest in the biology of human variation. From 1949 to 1963 he worked in the Department of Anatomy, undertaking anthropological field surveys in Sudan and forming an informal group of Oxford based workers interested in genetics. In 1963 he joined Alan Stevenson's Medical Research Council unit in Oxford and in 1965 was appointed to develop human genetics at Newcastle University, continuing population studies, notably of the evacuated Tristan da Cunha population, while laying the foundations for medical genetics, including a cytogenetics laboratory and clinical genetics services. (A longer obituary with more information on his scientific career will be published soon.)
Professor Roberts was one of the founder fathers of the European Anthropological Association, he served in the EAA Boards and Councils from the birth of the Association until his retirement. He was elected an Honorary Member of the EAA in 1996.
We will keep forever his memory.

Annamaria Zsakai

The European Anthropological Association in cooperation with the Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland cordially invite postgraduate students and young scholars to attend the ten days intensive course of lectures and hands-on activities on the topic of
Human Growth and Nutrition and their Applications to Health - Summer School in Biological Anthropology (Poznan, Poland, 12 July - 22 July 2017). The programme is designed for postgraduate students (MSC and PhD) and postdoc scholars who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in applied human auxology.
This course intends to provide the learners with (1) an extended framework review of nutrition and its importance for human growth, health status and health problems, (2) practice in methods and techniques that can be applied to the community health assessment, and (3) research strategies that can be used in designing research activities conducted on own behalf.
Some of the proposed topics are: the biology of growth, human life history evolution, evolution of human nutrition, nutritional and epidemiologic transition, growth and health in transitional economies, developmental origins of health and disease: critical periods, human growth as an indicator of social and economic change, intergenerational effects in biocultural perspective, biostatistics.
Key-note speakers will be: Prof. Barry Bogin and Prof. Noel Cameron (Loughborough University, UK), Prof. C G Nicholas Mascie-Taylor (Cambridge University, UK), and Prof. Maria Ines Varela Silva (Loughborough University, UK).
The call for SSBA applications is open as of 1 December 2016 and the deadline is 31 January 2017. Notification of acceptance to the SSBA will be sent on 28th February 2017. Payment of registration fee (if applicable) until 30th April 2017. Summer School in Biological Anthropology will be held 10 days - July 12, 2017 to July 22, 2017.
Documents to be submitted:
1. Application form (can be downloaded from here)
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Letter of recommendation of the supervisor or academic staff dated not earlier than three months prior to the date of submission of the application
4. A copy of valid travel medical insurance
5. Confirmation of payment
Fee of particpation: free of charge for EAA members and 250 Euro for non-EAA members.
For more information please download the announcement of the Summer School or contact the organizer, Prof. Maria Kaczmarek by e-mail (!
from Prof. Maria Kaczmarek

The Parkes Foundation aims to promote the study of biological and social topics with the emphasis on human biosocial projects. Each year, the foundation awards up to 6-8 small grants (usually about L800 each) and 1 PhD grant (up to L3000) to help Masters and PhD students conduct research. The opening date for applications is 1st December 2016 and the closing date is 9th January 2017.
Small Grant Fund: The Foundation supports studies falling in the areas of reproduction, demography, fertility, human health, conservation and human genetics. Studies outside these areas, for example animal (including primate) projects and evolution, will not be supported. Grants are usually of the order of L800 (but may be increased to L1500 in special circumstances). They are directed particularly towards helping graduate research students meet their field work costs, but others may apply. Requests for postdoctoral attendance grants to disseminate results will not be considered. Undergraduate projects are not supported.
PhD Grant Fund: One grant of up to L3000 is offered to enable a registered PhD student to undertake substantive field work as part of their higher degree in the subject areas of reproduction, demography or fertility. Students in receipt of a research council grant or equivalent are not eligible to apply for a PhD Grant.
For more infomation:

from dr. Rie Goto

The General Assembly of EAA (agenda of the meeting) will be held in Zagreb (Croatia) during the 20th EAA Congress (venue: Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, P1 room) on the 27th of August (at 15.30).
Annamaria Zsakai

The online voting for the EAA Council 2016-2018 has already started.
The new Council is elected from the Honorary and good-standing members of the EAA. Everyone, who is included in the voting bulletin, can send their votes for the Council members.
The online voting is open until the 11th of July, 2016. If you are a member of the EAA and have not got the automatically generated email about the voting process (from, please contact me ( to get your access to the voting site.

The elected members will be informed about their election, and will be requested to acknowledge the acceptance of their nomination as Council member.
Please follow the instructions of my email about the process. Please send your votes before the deadline and inform your colleagues about the voting. Thank you!
Annamaria Zsakai


The 42nd School of Biological Anthropology ”dr. Hubert Maver” - New Findings from Vindija Cave will be held under the high auspices of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(August 29th, 2016, Croatian Academy of Sciences And Arts, Nikola Šubiæ Zrinski Square 11, Zagreb, Croatia, information:
S. Paabo (MPI-EVA): Neandertals and their History at Vindija Cave and Elsewhere
K. Pruefer (MPI-EVA): A High-Coverage Neandertal Genome from Vindija Cave
T. Higham (University of Oxford): New Dates from Vindija Cave
I. Karavanic (University of Zagreb): The Vindija Tool Kit
M. Meyer (MPI-EVA): Ultrasensitivity and Automation for Ancient DNA Retrieval
M. Hadinjak (MPI-EVA): The Late Neandertals from Vindija Cave
Scientific Organizer: Professor S. Paabo
Organizers: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany; Department for Natural Sciences, Anthropological Centre and Scientific Council for Anthropological Research of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Croatian Anthropological Society; Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb; Croatian Medical Association, Croatian Society for Medical Anthropology
After the 42nd School of Biological Anthropology all participants are welcome at the postmeeting reception in the premises of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
from Barbara Cvitkusic

The members of the Department of Anthropology and the Slovak Anthropological Society have the sad duty to inform the scientific community, colleagues and friends of the death of two colleagues, Maria Drobnaand Marianna Selingerova.

from Prof. Daniela Sivakova

dr. Mariana Selingerová (19. 06. 1954 - 05. 05.2016)
Marianna Selingerová died on May 5th 2016 after a serious illness.
She was born in 19th June 1954 in Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia. She finished her study at the Department of Anthropology, Comenius University in Bratislava in 1980. She started to work at the Faculty of Physical Education, Comenius University in Bratislava as a scientific worker. Later on she defended her thesis dealing with different methods of estimation of biological age and was awarded Dr. rer. nat. In 1993 defended her PhD Thesis at the Department of Anthropology, Comenius University in Bratislava.
Her scientific interest focused on estimation of biological age, particularly bone age and its application in sport. She delivered lecture in the Kinanthropology for students specialized in Anthropology. Marianna was member of different scientific boards at the Department of Anthropology.
We will keep in honour her memory.

dr. Maria Drobna (15. 05. 1932 - 28. 04. 2016)
Maria Drobna died on April 28th 2016 shortly before her age of 84. She was Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava.
She was born on 15th May 1932 in Prague, Czech Republic. She graduated from the Medical faculty of the Comenius University in Bratislava.


After having finished her studies in 1956 she started to work at the Department of Zoology under the guidance of prof. Jindøich Valšík. In 1957 when the Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics (since 1968 only Department of Anthropology), was established, she became the first Assistant Lecturer.
The most important part of her professional life was connected with the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava. Here she defended her PhD Thesis and later on the Assoc. Prof. Thesis "Development of Human Pilosity". Her scientific interest focused on development of children and youth and factors influencing it. Maria Drobná participated in some foreign research projects, e.g. in the Egyptian Nubia (1965 - 1967) and the Transylvanian Alp's (1969) in Rumania. She was co-author of the monograph "The Egyptian Nubians". She published several scientific papers and took parts in different scientific events. She was engaged also in all forms of pedagogical process. She delivered lectures in the Primatology, Developmental Anthropology, Functional and Sports Anthropology.
Even after being retired from the employment in 1991, she did not cease her contacts with colleagues at the Department and the Slovak Anthropological Society. Last time we enjoyed her company at seminar upon the occasion of the 80th anniversary of her birthday, in September 2012.
Maria Drobna was charming lady, pleasant and friendly to her colleagues, ready to help them and find solutions in problematic situations.
We will keep in honour her memory.

The Board and Council of the European Anthropological Association are pleased to announce an EAA Student Award for the Best Student Oral Presentation based on a submitted abstract. There will be up to five awards which will provide free registration at EAA Congresses and also contribution to travel costs – a total of 500 Euros each commencing with Zagreb, Croatia in 2016.
The application form and the complete paper of the presentation must be submitted by the 15th of May 2016 to the Secretary General (
The complete announcement and the application form can be downloaded from here:


New Master of Science in Global Urban Health (MSc GUH)
(starting in October 2016 at the University of Freiburg, Germany)
This modular course in English is intended for postgraduate students awarding 75 credit points (ECTS). The MSc GUH will be taken as full time study (one academic year). The initial phase will be in Freiburg (9 months) and the subsequent field study (for the MSc thesis) will be done abroad or as desk study in Freiburg. The course includes cross-disciplinary approaches with inputs from several faculties of Freiburg University and external lecturers, organized by the "Centre for Medicine and Society" on behalf of the Philosophical Faculty. There will be excursions to Geneva, Basel, Strasburg and other places of interest.
Topic areas: The MSc in Global Urban Health is organized through an interdisciplinary effort covering different topic areas in relation to urban health needs
- Analysis tools (Epidemiology, Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics, Geography, Anthropology)
- Environmental management and control of non-communicable diseases
- Communicable diseases and quality assured programmes in urban settings
- Migration, violence and mental health among urban populations
- Research projects (the announcement of the course can be downloaded from here)
For more information, contact Dr. Sonia Diaz- Monsalve

from dr. Michael Hermanussen

In May 2016, Institute for Anthropological Research from Croatia, in collaboration with Slovenian colleagues (Department for Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Ljubljana, and Association KULA), will organize Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) that will be held from May 4th to 9th 2016 in Hotel Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia.
As the ethnological and anthropological sciences encompass an abundance of different research fields and perspectives, particularly as they develop in diverse parts of the world, we accepted 171 diverse and interesting panels that are divided into theese topics of the Inter-Congress:
- World anthropologies: peripheries strike back
- Privatization of knowledge, technologies, and nature
- Engagement and practice: publicizing and using anthropology/Bringing anthropology to the people: how can science contribute to everyday lives
- Varieties reconsidered: biocultural challenges for anthropology
- Anthropological responsibilities
- Managing cultural and linguistic diversity and social inequality
- Human genetics – costs and benefits
- Human evolution: past, present and future
- Anthropological knowledge and environmental challenges
- Improving health, well-being and quality of life

You can submit your paper abstract in specific panel! All panels can be vieved on panel list.
We would like to inform you that Call for papers and Early Bird registration for IUAES 2016 in Dubrovnik is extended.
Early Bird is till March 20th 2016, and deadline for paper submission is till February 29th 2016.
Please Sign in at and see all information regarding the congress.
For further detailes and questions please contact:
from Ms Ana Skolan

With huge sadness I am informing the European Anthropological Association the passing away of Prof. Gian Franco De Stefano. He has died for heart complications.
Flavio De Angelis


Dear colleagues and friends,
It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the European Anthropological Association (EAA) Congress - European Anthropology in a Changing World: From Culture to Global Biology that will be held in Zagreb, from 24th to 28th August 2016.
Call for papers and registration for the Congress are opened until April 30th 2016.
For all further information, please visit Congress website at
from Barbara Cvitkusic (

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Professor Emeritus Toivo Jürimäe (09.05.1949-05.10.2015).

The University of Tartu mourns Toivo Jürimäe - renowned researcher in the fields of sport pedagogy, exercise physiology and kinanthropometry. Toivo Jürimäe graduated from the University of Tartu in 1973 as teacher of physical education and returned to his alma mater as teaching staff member in 1977. He acquired the PhD degree in biological sciences with the thesis on physical abilities of young endurance athletes and was Professor of sport pedagogy from 1992 until being elected Professor emeritus in 2012. The research interests of Toivo Jürimäe were focused on studying the relationships between anthropometrical parametres of the organism, health and physical abilities in children, young athletes and the elderly persons.
In addition to the authorship of more than 200 publications and having supervised numerous doctoral students, the contribution of Toivo Jürimäe to research was expressed in launching and developing international cooperation projects, be it summer schools for doctoral students, licence-acquiring courses for conducting standardized measurements under the auspices of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, or successful lobbying resulting in three annual conferences of international research societies taking place in Estonia - 7th International Conference of Sport Kinetics, 23rd ICPAFR International Sport Science Symposium and Children and Exercise: the 24th Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting.
Toivo Jürimäe was member of the European Anthropological Association and had long-term research contacts with the Centre of Physical Anthropology within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tartu.
The work of Toivo Jürimäe lives on in his research writings and in the students that he has supervised and who are teaching new students.
from dr. Gudrun Veldre (

The Polish Anthropological Society (PTA) was founded in 1925 by Dr. Adam Wrzosek, a medical doctor and anthropologist, distinguished professor of medical science in re-established Poznan University after regaining independence by Poland in 1919.
The PTA will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Lubranski's Aula, Collegium Minus of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. This celebration will open the XLVth scientific conference of the PTA which will be held in Collegium Biologicum, the Adam Mickiewicz University, 16-18 September, 2015. The topic of the conference is The changing environment and the biological profiles of the past and modern human societies. Professors: Nicholas C.G. Mascie-Taylor (UK), Charlotte Roberts (UK), Robert M. Malina (USA), Maciej Henneberg (Australia) and Napoleon Wolanski (Poland) will be key-note speakers.
We hope our meeting will be full of stimulating ideas, endless discussions in friendly atmosphere and feeling the warms of just being together.
from Prof. Maria Kaczmarek ( )


The Council members can join to the Council meeting (23.06.2015, Madrid) via Skype as well. If you would like to join, please contact Annamaria Zsakai ( to get the Skype address.

The EAA Council and Board meetings will be held in Madrid during the XIXth Congress of the Spanis Association of Physical Anthropology (SEAF), on the 23rd June, 2015 (agendas of the meetings).


The EAA Board co-opted Prof. Pilar Montero ( as EAA General Treasurer to serve from 2014 until the next Congress in August 2016. The details of the new EAA bank account are available:

The reports on the 19th EAA Congress (Moscow, Russia, 2014), the Council meeting and General Assembly of EAA are available at the Reports on recent Congresses and Meetings site.


The EAA Council meeting will be held in Moscow during the EAA Congress, on the 26th August, 2014.


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