About Us


ESHE, the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, promotes the broad field of research which investigates how humans evolved both biologically and culturally. Contributing disciplines typically include hominin palaeontology and palaeogenetics; comparative and functional studies of extant primates, using both morphological and molecular evidence; palaeolithic archaeology; and applied studies of stable isotopes, dating, taphonomy, palaeoecology and palaeogeography.

ESHE aims to stimulate communication and scientific cooperation between scientists, and to improve public understanding of human evolution. Core activities of the society will be:
  1. to organize yearly meetings, with a scientific programme, as well as a public-outreach event,
  2. to encourage and help develop international and interdisciplinary research proposals and projects, and
  3. to initiate and support activities which increase the public and political visibility of human evolution studies.

The European Society for the study of Human Evolution is registered as a non-profit organization. You may find the official bylaws of the society here. ESHE is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

The ESHE Board is voted upon by members of the society. Each regular board member serves a two-year term. ESHE Board Officers are voted upon every three years. The next election for board members will take place during the annual meeting in September, 2021. For board officers, the next election will take place during the annual meeting in September, 2023.

ESHE is committed to providing a safe space for all of our participants. Please read our policy statement and learn about our ombudspersons and their role in our society.


ESHE Board Members

Board Officers
Katerina Harvati, President
Marie Soressi, Vice President
Martin Häusler, Treasurer
Sireen El Zaatari, Secretary
Amanda Henry, Adjunct Secretary

Regular Board Members
Amelié Beaudet
Tamara Dogandzic
Sarah Freidline
Philipp Gunz
Mateja Hajdinjak
Andrew William Kandel
Ana B. Marín-Arroyo
Marta Mirazon Lahr
Nicole M. Webb
Gerhard Weber
Frido Welker
Manuel Will

Ombudspersons
Sarah Elton
Simon Neubauer



Past Board Officers

Fred Spoor, Adjunct Secretary
Thomas Terberger, Treasurer
Gerhard Weber, Treasurer
Shannon McPherron, Adjunct Secretary
Jean-Jacques Hublin, President
Wil Roebroeks, Vice President

Past Ombudspersons

Sabine Gaudzinski
Martin Häusler
Paul O'Higgins



Past Regular Board Members

Stefano Benazzi
Nuno Bicho
Anne Delagnes
Harold Dibble
Christophe Falguères
Katerina Harvati
Jean-Marie Hombert
Fotios Alexandros Karakostis
Michelle Langley
Maria Martinón-Torres


Philipp Mitteroecker
Trine Kellberg Nielsen
Paul O'Higgins
Svante Pääbo
Karen Ruebens
Geoff Smith
Andrew Sorensen
Chris Stringer
Sahra Talamo
Thomas Terberger
Maria Teschler-Nicola


Founding Members

Juan Luis Arsuaga
José María Bermúdez de Castro
Anne Delagnes
Harold Dibble
Christophe Falguères
Sabine Gaudzinski
Philipp Gunz
Katerina Harvati
Jean-Marie Hombert
Jean-Jacques Hublin
Maria Martinón-Torres
Shannon McPherron
Paul O’Higgins

 

Svante Pääbo
Philip van Peer
Wil Roebroeks
Friedemann Schrenk
François Semah
Marie Soressi
Fred Spoor
Chris Stringer
Jiri Svoboda
Thomas Terberger
Maria Teschler-Nicola
Gerhard Weber