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A word from the President



Dear Colleagues,

It has been a great pleasure to meet so many members of the European Anthropological Association during my first year as President. The 21st Conference of the European Anthropological Association organised by Professor Jesper Boldsen at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense from August 22-25th 2018 provided my first opportunity as President to meet members at our biennial meetings. The science being presented was wide ranging and of a high standard. The delegates were treated to a traditional evening dinner of sausages and beer in the unusual venue of the skeleton storage warehouse!! At this event the outgoing President, Professor Nick Masie-Taylor DSc from the Department of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University, was presented with an award in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the EAA.
The EAA will be holding its next conference in the University of Vilnius in from 26-29th of August 2020. The University of Vilnius was founded in 1579 and is celebrating its 440th anniversary this year! Throughout the last 440 years the university has preserved cultural and scientific traditions and has played a significant part in the cultural life not only of Lithuania, but also of neighbouring countries. Vilnius is known for the Baroque architecture of its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. But the buildings lining the Old Town's cobblestoned streets also reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne's Church. The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing a shrine with a sacred Virgin Mary icon, once guarded an entrance to the original city and is the only remaining gate from the five original portals. Before World War II, Vilnius was one of the largest Jewish centres in Europe described as "the Jerusalem of the North" by Napoleon as he was passing through in 1812. In 2009, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture, together with the Austrian city of Linz.
Professor Janina Tutkuviene is the organiser and she and her team are planning an excellent programme of plenary lectures, free papers and posters that will appeal to the eclectic membership of the EAA. Students are particularly encouraged to attend and will be able to access a variety of accommodation possibilities to suit their budget. Note that student support from the EAA to participate in Vilnius congress is available through a pre-congress award and best poster presentation award. So, plan early, register as soon as possible, and enjoy the academic and social programme of the EAA in Vilnius!
At their last meeting the Board and Council of the EAA ratified the new fee structure of the EAA at €10 per year payable as a biennial rate of 20 Euros to avoid bank fees on small transfers. Please contact our secretary Dr Annamaria Zsakai ( with any queries and for payment arrangements.
The EAA summer school will be taking place in Poznan from 3-13 July 2019. Professor Maria Kaczmarek from the Faculty of Biology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and the EAA and are delighted to offer a ten-day summer school on "Research Methods in Human Biology from the Field to the Lab". The aim of this summer intensive course is twofold: to provide self-motivated international students and young researchers who are studying human biology with conceptual understandings of various methods and the practical skills to put those methods into their own research work both in the field and the laboratory. The lecturers include Professor Nick Masie-Taylor DSc from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Cambridge University, UK, Professor Noel Cameron DSc from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK and Dr Irena Martinovic Klaric, PhD, from the Centre for Research in Social Inequalities and Sustainability in the Institute for Social Research, Zagreb, Croatia. The summer school is free of charge for EAA student members.
The EAA Board will meet in Poznan on Tuesday July 9th, if any members would like to make any suggestions of topics they would like to be discussed by the Board please send them to Dr Zsakai to be added to the Agenda.

With my cordial greetings and regards,

Noel Cameron, PhD, DSc
President, European Anthropological Association


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