Professor Katarina Harvati was appointed Eugène Dubois chair for 2018. Professor Harvati was born in Athens, trained as an anthropologist in New York and has held the Palaeoanthropology chair position at the University of Tübingen in Germany for nearly a decade.
Harvati’s scientific status can be deduced in part from the awards and recognitions she has been given, but also from her track record in the field of external funding: in 2016 she won a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Community. Harvati holds several positions in addition to her role as professor at the University of Tübingen. Perhaps most notably is her role as principal investigator in the ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past’ at the DFG Center for Advanced Studies, which demonstrates her focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and makes her perfect for the role of Eugène Dubois chair.
Professor emeritus Joep Geraedts is pleased with Harvati’s appointment. ‘I am extremely happy because of Professor Katerina Harvati’s extensive interest and experience on the one hand, and her expertise in the field of Neanderthal evolution on the other. The extinction of early modern man, which she will speak about, is a fascinating topic that will generate considerable interest.’
About the Eugène Dubois Chair
The Eugène Dubois Rotating Chair was established several years ago at UM. A new professor is appointed each year, who is affiliated with the university for one week in spring and autumn. The professor teaches at the university and holds several public lectures via Studium Generale. In recent years, professors Frans de Waal, Mark Stoneking and Carel van Schaik have been appointed this chair position.
Eugène Dubois lectures
On 6 March 2018, at 8 pm, Professor Harvati will introduce herself during a public lecture on the evolution of the Neanderthals. This lecture will be held in the university auditorium.
On 7 and 8 March, Katerina Harvati will hold a four-part lecture series for Studium Generale on the evolution of the biology and behaviour of man.