EAAPP

East African Association of Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology

2017

EAST AFRICAN ASSOCIATION FOR PALEOANTHROPOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY (EAAPP) SIXTH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 JULY 30TH – AUGUST 2ND, 2017

On behalf of the EAAPP Secretariat we wish to announce the upcoming sixth EAAPP conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 30th to August 2nd 2017. The conference will be organized in coordination with the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) of the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 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.

The Secretariat of the EAAPP and the ARCCH are planning sessions dedicated to research papers addressing issues in palaeoanthropology, archaeology, palaeontology and palaeoenvironments. In addition, other sessions are designed to address issues regarding funding, public understanding and engagement, policies affecting field and laboratory research, collection management, the Pan-African vision, and technical challenges that researchers face.

Finally, a session is planned to provide a forum for students and junior scholars to discuss issues regarding training, research opportunities and other questions with regard to their career advancement. This will enable the students to directly interact with senior researchers from across the globe thus providing a rare opportunity to learn and forge collaborations.

We are hereby calling for abstracts up to 300 words on any of the listed themes. The abstracts should be submitted online at http://bit.ly/eaapp2017abstract no later than February 15, 2017. Late abstracts will not be accepted. Please note that a person MAY NOT be the senior author on more than one abstract. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be communicated on March 15, 2017.

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 SCHEDULE (DRAFT)
July 30: Registration and Reception (4:30 – 6:30 PM) – Edna Hotel
July 31: Conference Day 1 – ARCCH
August 1: Conference Day 2 (including poster session & collections visit) – ARCCH
August 2:  Conference Day 3 – ARCCH
August 2:  Conference Dinner – TBA
August 3: Optional field trips & excursions, departures

For a full updated conference schedule, see this page.

We are grateful to the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the University of Chicago, Ethiopian Airlines, and Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) for their support of this conference.

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For poster presenters, the poster size is limited to no more than 3’10” or 116 cm in horizontal dimension, and no more than 4’0″ and 120 cm vertical dimension. Thumbtacks etc. to put up your posters will be provided.
REGISTRATION FEES 
$100 for non-members (professionals)
$50 for members (professionals)
$50 for non-members (students)
$30 for members (students)
–African professionals and students based in Africa will get a 50% reduction in registration fees.
–Registration is only payable onsite at the conference. US Dollars, Euros, and Birr will all be accepted.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS:
Prof. Zeresenay Alemseged, Chairperson, EAAPP (University of Chicago)
Dr. Jackson Njau, Vice Chairperson, EAAPP (Indiana University)
Dr. Briana Pobiner, Executive Secretary, EAAPP (Smithsonian Institution)
Dr. Emmanuel Ndiema, Kenya Representative, EAAPP (National Museums of Kenya)

CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATION:
EAAPP is working with Ethiopian Quadrants to offer four hotels for conference participants. For people staying at these hotels, we will offer airport transfers and daily transfers (morning and afternoon) to the conference center at the National Museum of Ethiopia. Please contact Ethiopian Quadrant (Tony Hickey), conference travel agent, directly for hotel bookings: ethiopianquadrants@gmail.com.

1. EDNA HOTEL [Updated July 24, 2017] The main hotel for the conference will be the Edna Hotel http://www.ednaaddis.com/, located about 10 km from Bole International Airport, located a short stroll away from the city center and restaurants, shops and entertainment areas.
–SINGLE ROOM: US$55
–TWIN ROOM: US$70

2. JUPITER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL The four star Jupiter Hotel http://www.jupiterinternationalhotel.com/ is also about 15 minutes drive from Bole International Airport, and about 10-15 minutes drive from the conference center at the National Museum of Ethiopia. It has wifi, a gym, and a steam room.
–SINGLE ROOM: US$100
–TWIN ROOM: US$120

3. RAMADA HOTEL The Ramada Hotel https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/addis-ababa-ethiopia/ramada-addis-ababa/overview is newly opened with very nice room, wifi, and a gym. It is about 5 minutes drive from Bole International Airport and about 20 minutes drive from the conference center at the National Museum of Ethiopia. Its location in the Bole area means many places of interest – bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. are easily accessible on foot.
–SINGLE ROOM: US$190
–TWIN ROOM: US$220

4. SHERATON ADDIS  The Sheraton Addis http://www.sheratonaddis.com/ is arguably the best hotel in Addis Ababa. It has wifi, a gym, a swimming pool, and a choice of restaurants. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from Bole International Airport and a 5 minute drive from the conference center at the National Museum of Ethiopia.
–SINGLE ROOM: US$365
–TWIN ROOM: US$400

PRE- AND POST-CONFERENCE EXCURSIONS:
While there are no official pre- or post-conference excursions for the 2017 EAAPP conference, Ethiopia has a lot to offer – history and culture, stunning scenery, endemic wildlife, and “ethnic tourism” in the Omo Valley. Ethiopian Quadrants will offer a broad selection of destinations and outdoor activities, including day field trips and tours. For the sake of simplicity, they are confining our offers here to trips to the north and to Hadar, where Lucy was discovered, in the Afar Region. However, they are happy to set up customized trips to anywhere in the country – contact us with details of the places you want to visit, and they will get back to you with our suggestions and the price. For information about long and short trips in Ethiopia, please see www.ethiopianquadrants.com. While private activities are certainly possible, you will find that it is more economical to organize yourselves into groups of two or more than two individuals. The information below was provided by Ethiopian Quadrants.

Option One – EQ001: Seven days, six nights to Historic route (Bahir Dar, Gonder, Lalibela, Axum, Yeha, Wukro and Mekele)

Summary – detailed itinerary available on request
Day 1: In the morning fly to Bahir Dar, on arrival check in to Tana Hotel, and then take a boat trip on Lake Tana to see medieval churches with stunning wall murals. O/n Tana Hotel
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Gonder (2½ hours on asphalt road), check in to Goha Hotel, then afternoon tour Gondar’s 17th and 18th century castles, and visit famous churches. O/n Goha Hotel
Day 3: Morning flight to Lalibela, check in to Jerusalem Hotel, then visit the 12th C rock hewn churches in town. O/n Jerusalem Hotel
Day 4: Excursion to outlying rock hewn churches, including the cave church of Yemrehane Christos. O/n Jerusalem Hotel
Day 5: Morning flight to Axum, check in to YaredZema Hotel. Tour Axum’s sites, the stellae, the Museum, King Kaleb’s castle and tomb. O/n YaredZema Hotel
Day 6: Set off in the morning on the road east. Pass Adwa, site of the biggest defeat of a European army in Africa (battle of Adwa, 1896), visit Yeha temple, the oldest building in sub Saharan Africa. Lunch in Adigrat, then drive south to Wukro, site of a new museum and where there have been many archaeological discoveries in recent years. Visit Wukro Cherkos rock hewn church, and then continue to Mekele for an overnight. Axum Hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to the airport for early flight back to Addis Ababa. Here our services end, but we can book day rooms and provide airport transfers as required.

Costs:
1 person: US$2575
2 persons: US$1505 per person
3 persons: US$1146 per person
4 persons: US$967 per person
5 persons: US$933 per person
6 persons: US$849 per person
7 persons: US$789 per person
8 persons: US$770 per person
9 persons: US$752 per person
10 persons: US$720 per person

The costs include:
1) All internal travel, except domestic flights (see below), transfers, tours and excursions, boat trip on Lake Tana.
2) Accommodation at the hotels specified on a twin room/breakfast basis, single room supplement, US$120,
3) Guides’ fees – 1-3 persons, we will use local guides only. 4 persons and above we will send an escort guide.
4) All entrance fees.
5) VAT and local taxes.

Domestic Air fare US$220.00 per person

Option Two – EQ002: Four days and three nights to Historic route (Gondar, Lalibela, Axum)

Summary – detailed itinerary available on request
Day 1: Morning flight to Gondar, tour the 17th and 18th century castles and famous churches. o/n Goha Hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Lalibela, visit the 12thcentury rock hewn churches in town. O/n Jerusalem Hotel.
Day 3: Morning flight to Axum,tour Axum’s sites, the stellae, the Museum, King Kaleb’s castle and tomb. Afternoon excursion to temple at Yeha, the oldest building in sub Saharan Africa. O/n YaredZema Hotel
Day 4: Transfer to the airport for early flight back to Addis Ababa. Here our services end, but we can book day rooms and provide airport transfers as required.

Costs:
1 person: US$1,079
2 persons: US$641 per person
3 persons: US$479 per person
4 persons: US$ 430 per person
5 persons: US$472 per person
6 persons: US$430 per person
7 persons: US$401 per person
8 persons: US$407 per person
9 persons: US$386 per person
10 persons: US$370 per person

The costs include:
1) All internal travel, except domestic flights (see below), transfers, tours and excursions, boat trip on Lake Tana.
2) Accommodation at the hotels specified on a twin room/breakfast basis, single room supplement, US$70
3) Guides’ fees – 1-3 persons, we will use local guides only. 4 persons and above we will send an escort guide.
4) All entrance fees.
5) VAT and local taxes.

Domestic flight cost = US$230.00 per person

Option Three – EQ003: Two days and one night to Hadar by air

Summary – detailed itinerary available on request
Day 1: Early morning (05:30) transfer to airport for your flight to Semera, on arrival leave straight for Hadar. We will travel though the Afar Region, turning north after Mille, using a Coaster bus up to the last 5 km, from where 4x4s will shuttle passengers to the site. After 2-3 hour site visit, return to the Coaster bus(s) for return journey to Semera. O/n Erta’ale hotel
Day 2: Early morning transfer to Semera airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa.

Here our services end, but we can book day rooms and provide airport transfers as required.

Costs:
1 person: US$2190
2 persons: US$1109 per person
3 persons: US$756 per person
4 persons: US$579 per person
5 persons: US$473 per person
6 persons: US$ 449 per person
7 persons: US$393 per person
8 persons: US$351 per person
9 persons: US$317 per person
10 persons: US$290 per person
20, 30, 40, 50 persons: US$225 per person

The costs include:
1) All internal travel (except domestic flights, see below) using a high roof Minibus up to 7 people and a Coaster bus above 7 people.
2) Accommodation at the hotel specified on twin room/bed and breakfast basis, Single room supplement US$20.00.
3) Water on bus and picnic lunch.
4) Escort and local guides’ fees.
5) All entrance fees
6) VAT and local taxes

Domestic flight cost Addis Ababa – Semera round trip US$135.00 per person

Option Four – EQ004: Three days and two nights to Hadar by road

Day 1: In the morning at 700 picked up from your respective hotel and drive to Kombolcha via Debre Birhan . This is an 8 hour drive through beautiful scenery, as the road skirts the escarpment. We pass through Debre Berhan, the 15th century capital of Zera Yaqob, and the 19th century capital of King Sahle Selassie, and briefly of the Emperor Menelik II, before he shifted to Entoto and Addis Ababa. We can take lunch en route, the area is famous for its roast lamb. O/n Sunny Side Hotel
Day 2: We leave after breakfast for the road to Eli Wuha, the turn off for Hadar. Again, wonderful scenery as we pass through the market town of Bati, site of Ethiopia’s biggest market. It is approximately 4 hours to where we transfer from the Coasters to 4x4s. We will visit the site, have a picnic lunch, then drive back to Kombolcha. O/n Sunny side Hotel
Day 3: In the morning drive back to Addis Ababa, arriving mid-afternoon.

Here our services end, but we can book day rooms and provide airport transfers as required.

Costs:
1 person: US$2158
2 persons: US$776 per person
3 persons: US$549 per person
4 persons: US$438 per person
5 persons: US$370 per person
6 persons: US$ 354 per person
7 persons: US$316 per person
8 persons: US$290 per person
9 persons: US$269 per person
10 persons: US$252 per person
20, 30, 40, 50 persons: US$225 per person

The costs include:
1) All internal travel using a high roof Minibus up to 7 people and a Coaster bus above 7 people.
2) Accommodation at the hotel specified on twin room/bed and breakfast basis, Single room supplement US$40.00.
3) Water on bus and picnic lunch.
4) Escort and local guides’ fees.
5) All entrance fees
6) VAT and local taxes

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We take this opportunity to thank EAAPP members for their continuous support and commitment towards enhancing the EAAPP platform and its mission. Thanks to your participation and support and our previous EAAPP conferences in Nairobi, Arusha, Addis Ababa, Mombasa, and Dar Es Salaam were big successes. http://www.eturbonews.com/61728/tanzania-host-scientific-conference-discovery-early-man. It is our sincere hope that EAAPP will continue to serve as a crucial forum for sharing research results and tackling policy and fieldwork challenges within Africa with input from colleagues and institutions elsewhere on the continent. 

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