I am honoured to serve as the EAA's President for 2022-2024, and delighted
to keep our association an intellectual home for all who seek to study
various aspects of human biological variation and evolution.
As part of our statutory mission to continuously increase the presence
of EAA at European and worldwide level, and to make the EAA the strongest
proponent for our disciplines, we are deeply committed to make EAA more
visible, to improve communication and relationship between EAA and national
societies, to motivate and support young scholars to engage in research
on human biology and evolution, and to promote our scientific achievements
within the academics, researchers, communities and other fora.
Despite these general ideas, to be effective, we must continue to keep
our membership numbers high. The future of our discipline is now in
hands of our younger colleagues, Early Career Researchers (ERS), to
whom we pass the baton in the relay of generations.
With focus on ECRs we have created an educational activity entitled
'The Four Seasons School in Biological Anthropology' (4SSBA). This activity
aims at providing significant gains in knowledge of research methods
and critical thinking skills crucial for research choices and problem-solving
abilities. The 4SSBA attendees will be tutored and advised by senior
scientists during webinars held at least once per quarter.
Looking ahead to the future, plans are developing. The preparation for
the biennial 23rd EAA conference in Croatia 2024 are in full progress.
Just as Vilnius 2022, the 2024 conference will be a joint meeting organized
together with ISGA colleagues. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the EAA in Budapest during our 24th Biennial Conference held by our
Facing with threat posed to humanity by the immediate consequences of
Russia's aggression in Ukraine, climate change, the social and economic
fallout of COVID-19, biological anthropology, a major bridge between
the theoretical foundations of human biology and the complexities of
human behavioural and cultural variation, must get ever better at clarifying
why we are and should remain an indispensable public good.
Professor Maria Kaczmarek