Eastern African Association of Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology

EAAPP Mission

The mission of the Eastern African Association for Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology (EAAPP) is to strengthen prehistory research in eastern Africa through uniting palaeoanthropologists and palaeontologists and other relevant scholars in prehistory studies within the region.


Announcement: September 12, 2022

On behalf of one of our partners, Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST), we are posting a link to their current job opening for a CEO. Please see the announcement for more information about PAST, the job description, the key job responsibilities, the job requirements, and instructions to apply by Friday 30th September 2022. Please note that the candidate should be able to work in South Africa full-time and be willing to organise a work permit if required.


Announcement: July 21, 2021

On behalf of the EAAPP Secretariat, we wish to announce the upcoming 8th EAAPP biennial conference in Arusha, Tanzania from 31st July to 4th August 2022. Please see our 2022 conference page for more information. Abstract submissions will open on September 15 2021, and abstracts will be due by November 15 2021.


Announcement: September 16, 2020

Postponement of 8th Biennial EAAPP Conference 2021

Tentative New Conference Dates: 31st July – 4th August 4, 2022

Venue: Arusha, Tanzania

As you all know our next biennial conference was proposed to be held in Arusha, Tanzania next summer 2021. However, after carefully assessing the COVID-19 situation over the last couple of months, with the significant lead time necessary for the EAAPP Secretariat to apply for funding to support the conference and to allow students other scholars to apply for funding to attend the conference, the EAAPP Secretariat has reached a conclusion to postpone its eighth conference until 2022, tentatively July 31-August 4, which we will still plan to hold in Arusha. We understand that every day brings uncertainty and anxiety surrounding this global pandemic, and as our daily reality remains in constant flux, we believe that this decision will provide the best solution to our concerns on the safety of our members and conference participants, as well as logistical hurdles. The decision to shift our conferences to even years beginning in 2022 may eliminate recent conflicts with other professional meetings, which are also held during odd years and draw interest among EAAPP members.

Also, owing to COVID-19 related health advisories, quarantines, travel bans around the world, and uncertainty on restrictions on international mobility, we recognize that our conference is not likely be held under normal conditions. While we weighed the option of conducting the meeting virtually next summer, we felt that this option was not viable due to inclusivity and equity issues. We recognize that many of our members in African countries would be grossly disadvantaged due to a lack of adequate infrastructure and resources to participate in the conference virtually. We also realized that differences in time zones would further complicate the meeting organization, as the majority of our members reside across Sub-Saharan Africa, the USA, and Europe. Finally, we recognize the significant networking benefits our in-person conferences confer on students and younger scholars from African countries, which we felt were not easily replicated in an online conference format.

We will send out more information about the 2022 conference as time gets closer.

Stay safe!

Thank you.

Dr. Jackson Njau, President

Dr. Emmanuel Ndiema, Vice President

Dr. Briana Pobiner, Executive Secretary



Nairobi, Kenya

 AUGUST 1ST – 4TH, 2019

On behalf of the EAAPP Secretariat we wish to announce the upcoming seventh EAAPP conference in Nairobi, Kenya from August 1st-4th 2019. The aim of this conference is to bring East African, other African, and international researchers, scientists, museum curators, and cultural resources managers together in a forum to present current research findings, exchange scientific information and discuss current research development, museum ethics, policy, and practice.

Please note the following important dates:

November 1, 2018: abstract submission opens
February 1, 2019: abstract submission closes
March 1, 2019: abstract decisions announced
May 1, 2019: preliminary schedule announced

Abstract submission is now open! Abstract submission is via google forms, using this link: http://bit.ly/2019EAAPPabstract 

Abstract submission rules:
Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
No one can be first author on more than one abstract.
The abstract submission deadline is Feb 1, 2019.
Email notifications about abstract decisions will be communicated to the first author on March 1, 2019.

Please circulate this information to any individuals or institutions (academic or other) that may benefit from attendance at this conference. Inquiries can be sent to eaapp.committee@gmail.com.

Conference information will be updated regularly on this page of our website.