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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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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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