Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology was founded in 1997. The institute's aim is to investigate the history of humankind with the help of comparative analyses of different genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings. The collaboration of the various departments at one institute leads to new insights into history, variety and abilities of the human species. The institute unites scientists with various research interests who are concerned with human evolution seen also from an interdisciplinary perspective. At present, the institute comprises six departments, two Max Planck Research Groups and one Lise Meitner Group.
Departments and Research Groups participating in the IMPRS LSHO:
- Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology, Prof. Haun
- Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Prof. Pääbo
- Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture, Prof. McElreath
- Max Planck Research Group BirthRites - Cultures of Reproduction, Dr. Colleran
- Lise Meitner Group Technological Primates, Dr. Luncz
The Leipzig University was founded in 1409. In the course of its diverse history, it grew to encompass a wide selection of disciplines comprising almost all areas of knowledge. World-renowned scientists have taught or studied in Leipzig, and important impulses for the development of thought originated here. The Leipzig University is combining all structured doctoral training programs in its faculty spanning Research Academy Leipzig which was established in 2006.
Six departments of four faculties are involved in the IMPRS LSHO and contribute to teaching, supervision and joint research activities:
- Faculty of Life Sciences
- Behavioral Ecology, Prof. Widdig
- Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Prof. Schröger
- General Zoology and Neurobiology, Prof. Schönwiesner
- Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Prof. Stadler
- Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Biochemistry, Prof. Schöneberg
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (associated partner)
The overarching goal of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI SHH) is to explore the history of humans using state-of-the-art analytical and genetic methods. Scientists from different disciplines, such as genetics, linguistics, archeology, anthropology and history are working together to answer fundamental questions about the biological and cultural evolution of man from the paleolithic until today, and they jointly develop innovative methods, in particular in the areas of genome sequencing, language documentation, bioinformatics and phylogeography.
The MPI SHH is involved in the IMPRS LSHO since September 2017 and contributes to teaching, supervision and joint research activities:
- Department of Archaeogenetics, Prof. Johannes Krause (now a director at MPI-EVA)
- Department of Archaeology, Prof. Nicole Boivin
- Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Prof. Russell Gray (now a director at MPI-EVA)
University of Leiden (associated partner)
The University of Leiden has a strong disciplinary basis across a broad range of scientific fields
and working from this basis the researchers are conducting both disciplinary and
interdisciplinary research. The Uni Leiden comprises seven faculties – one of these is the
Faculty of Archaeology.
The Faculty of Archaeology is involved in the IMPRS LSHO since September 2017 and contributes to teaching, supervision and joint research activities:
- Faculty of Archaeology, Prof. Wil Roebroeks
University of Leiden