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Thursday, 2 November

11:00 15:00 Arrival of guests check-in at Hotel Hospiz (Neckarhalde 2)
20:00 Welcome Dinner at „Die Kelter“ (Schmiedtorstraße 17)

Friday, 3 November

10:00 10:15 Katerina Harvati and Gerhard Jäger
Introduction to the DFG Center
10:15 10:30 Christian Bentz, Hugo Reyes-Centeno, Yonatan Sahle
Symposium Overview
10:30 12:30 The origin of modern humans: Fossils and genomes
Session chaired by Katerina Harvati
10:30 11:00 Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum, London, UK
The significance of Middle Pleistocene African diversity to modern human origins and dispersal
11:00 11:30 Johannes Krause, Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
African Middle Pleistocene gene flow into Neanderthals
11:30 12:00 Philipp Gunz, Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
The origins of Homo sapiens diversity
12:00 12:30 Carina Schlebusch, Uppsala University, Sweden
The genetic history of Africa based on modern and ancient DNA
12:30 13:00 Session Discussion
13:00 14:00 Lunch (catered)
14:00 17:30 The origin of modern humans: Archaeology and fieldwork
Session chaired by Chris Miller
14:00 14:30 Manuel Will, University of Cambridge, UK
Timing and trajectory of cultural change during the MSA of Africa
14:30 15:00 Alison Brooks, George Washington University, USA
Background to Exodus: Emerging Social and Cultural Complexity, Interregional Movement and Cultural Transmission in the Middle to Later Pleistocene of Eastern Africa
15:00 15:30 Yonatan Sahle, University of Tübingen, Germany
Frontline and backwaters: New research on the Late Pleistocene archaeology of Ethiopia
15:30 16:00 Marta Mirazón Lahr, University of Cambridge, UK
Emerging complexity in late human evolution in East Africa insights from Turkana
16:00 17:00 Session Discussion
17:00 17:30 Coffee Break, Poster Session and Group Photo
Gregor Bader, University of Tübingen
Umbeli Belli in KwaZulu-Natal and it´s implications for the final MSA of Southern Africa
Abel Bosman, University of Tübingen
A virtual investigation of the suprainiac depressions on the Eyasi 1 and Aduma VP-1/3 crania
Thora Daneyko, Christian Bentz, University of Tübingen
Functional pressures increase phoneme inventories: The case of click languages
Viola Schmid, University of Tübingen
The lithic technological distinctiveness of the serrates layers from Sibudu Cave, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
William Snyder, University Of Tübingen
Preliminary findings on the 3D geometric morphometry of the fossil sacrum from Broken Hill, Zambia
Post Conference
18:00 Optional Tour: Schloß Hohentübingen, Museum Alte Kulturen
20:00 Dinner at “Ludwigs” (Uhlandstraße 1)

Saturday, 4 November

10:00 12:00 The climatic and ecological context of dispersals out of Africa
Session chaired by Annett Junginger
10:00 10:30 Christian Tryon, Harvard University, USA
The African Equatorial Great Lakes region and Late Pleistocene human dispersals
10:30 11:00 Stanley Ambrose, University of Illinois, USA
Climate Isochrons and the archaeology of modern human dispersals from Eastern Africa
11:00 11:30 Amanuel Beyin, University of Louisville, USA
The western littoral zone of the Red Sea and its place in current debates on early human dispersals out of Africa
11:30 12:00 Patrick Roberts, Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
From deserts to rainforests: exploring the diverse environmental contexts of Late Pleistocene human dispersals
12:00 12:30 Session Discussion
12:30 13:30 Lunch (catered)
13:30 16:00 Genomic and linguistic diversity in and out of africa
Session chaired by Gerhard Jäger
13:30 14:00 Luca Pagani, University of Padova, Italy
Out of Africa expansion(s): A genomic perspective
14:00 14:30 Pavel Duda, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Modern human dispersal within and outside of Africa revealed by the supertree approach
14:30 15:00 Tom Güldemann, Humboldt University, Germany
The linguistic prehistory of Eastern Africa
15:00 15:30 Session Discussion
15:30 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 17:30 Eastern Africa from the Late Pleistocene to Holocene
Session chaired by Andrew Kandel
16:00 16:30 Isabelle Crevecoeur, University of Bordeaux, France
Late Pleistocene and early Holocene biological diversity of human populations in the Nile Valley
16:30 17:00 Hugo Reyes-Centeno, University of Tübingen, Germany
The Mumba Rockshelter (Tanzania) and its relevance to modern human origins
17:00 17:30 Lamya Khalidi, University of Nice, France
Human mobility, interaction and the first pastoralists in the Ethiopian Afar
17:30 18:00 Discussion
18:00 18:30 Closing
18:30 Post Conference (Optional)
18:30 Tour of paleoanthropology laboratories and osteology collections
20:00 Dinner for speakers at “Ratskeller” (Haaggasse 4)