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
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: http://medicine.wright.edu/about/news-and-events/announcements/article/fels-longitudinal-study-leader-researcher-dies-at-95
OBITUARY - ROLAND HAUSPIE (1948-2017)
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
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),
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate at the
9th conference of Baltic Morphology in Tartu,
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: https://sisu.ut.ee/balticmorphology2017.
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 https://ojs.utlib.ee/index.php/PoA.
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, email@example.com)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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 (j.Heinze@maw.ru.nl)
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: http://www.biologia.amu.edu.pl/
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
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 www.3ISGMGirona.cat.
from Prof. Carme Rissech (University of Girona, email@example.com)
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.
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
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: http://www.parkesfoundation.org.uk/grants
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).
The online voting for the EAA
Council 2016-2018 has
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 email@example.com),
please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
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
(August 29th, 2016, Croatian Academy of Sciences
And Arts, Nikola ubiæ Zrinski Square 11, Zagreb,
S. Paabo (MPI-EVA): Neandertals and their History at Vindija
Cave and Elsewhere
K. Pruefer (MPI-EVA): A High-Coverage Neandertal Genome from
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
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 Valík. In 1957 when the
Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics (since 1968 only
Department of Anthropology), was established, she became the first
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 (email@example.com).
The complete announcement and the application form can be downloaded
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
- Communicable diseases and quality assured programmes in urban
- 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,
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
- 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 www.iuaes2016.com
and see all information regarding the congress.
For further detailes and questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com)
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
from dr. Gudrun Veldre (Gudrun.Veldre@kliinikum.ee)
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
from Prof. Maria Kaczmarek (firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com)
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
The EAA Board co-opted Prof. Pilar Montero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.