Research conducted at the center draws from the strengths of the paleoanthropology and general linguistics work groups, headed respectively by Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati and Prof. Gerhard Jäger. Harvati and Jäger both currently direct projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC), including Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe (PaGE) and Language Evolution: The Empirical Turn (EVOLAEMP). Dr. Yonatan Sahle, junior group leader, and Dr. Hugo Reyes-Centeno, scientific coordinator, focus on modern human origins and diversity from cultural and biological perspectives.
The center hosts colloquia and an annual symposium designed to present current research results and promote discussion, as well as to develop new methods and a theoretical foundation for the interdisciplinary study of the human past. In addition, the center sponsors visiting fellows for short and long-term periods.