Eastern African Association of Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology




Arusha, Tanzania


Conference Information and Call for Abstracts

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. As with our past conferences, the objective of this conference is to bring eastern African, other African, and international researchers, scientists, museum curators, and cultural resources managers together in a forum, to present current research findings, exchange scientific ideas, and discuss current research developments, museum ethics, policy, and practice. 

The Secretariat envisions sessions dedicated to research papers addressing current issues in paleoanthropology, archeology, paleontology, and paleoecology and paleoenvironments. In addition, other sessions will address issues regarding funding, public understanding and engagement, policies affecting field and laboratory research, collection and curatorial management, and a Pan-African vision on the development of local scientific and technical capacity. 
Finally, we envision a forum for students and junior scholars to discuss issues regarding training, research opportunities, and other issues of career advancement and funding opportunities. This will enable early career scholars to directly interact with senior researchers from across the globe, providing a rare opportunity to learn about various training and scholarship opportunities, with a focus on networking and forging future scientific collaborations.  

The call for abstracts opened September 1, 2021. Abstracts were submitted online here: https://bit.ly/2022EAAPPabstractsubmit.

Abstracts were due on November 15, 2021, and first authors were notified of abstract decisions by January 15, 2022. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and we will accept abstracts for both podium and poster sessions (preference will be requested at time of submission). Late abstracts will not be accepted. Please note that a person MAY NOT be the senior author on more than one abstract.


**The current conference programme is available in pdf format here, and the current conference abstracts are available in pdf format here.**

We are requesting that everyone planning to attend the conference please fill out this conference pre-registration form by May 1, 2022. This will allow us to plan conference catering (tea breaks and lunches are included in the conference registration fee) and the conference excursion to Olduvai Gorge accordingly.

All conference events will take place at the Gran Melia Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. 

Sunday July 31, 2022 Registration and Conference Reception (1:00 – 7:00 PM)

Monday August 1, 2022 Conference Day 1 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 Conference Day 2 (9:00 AM – 5:15 PM)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Conference Day 3 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Thursday, August 4, 2022 Olduvai Gorge Field Trip (6:30 AM – 6 PM)*

Friday, August 5, 2022 Departures, Safaris, Travel to Zanzibar for Pan African Congress**

*Olduvai Gorge Field Trip costs are currently estimated at $170 per person for conference participants from outside eastern Africa, but it will depend on the number of people participating. Any updates will be posted here, and more information will be provided at the conference.

**Note for those who may want to attend both conferences that following the EAAPP Conference from 31st July – 4th August 2022 in Arusha, the 16th Pan African Archaeological Association (PAA) Congress will take place in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 7th to 12th August 2022

$100 for international scholars
$50 for international students
$20 for eastern African scholars (*if presenting, fees will be paid by EAAPP)
$10 for eastern African students (*if presenting, fees will be paid by EAAPP)

EAAPP members (students & scholars) affiliated with African universities will pay no registration fees

Mode of payment: On site during conference registration


The conference will be held in-person at Gran Melia Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. 


Dr. Jackson Njau, President, EAAPP: jknjau (at) indiana.edu

Dr. Emmanuel Ndiema, Vice President, EAAPP: endiema (at) gmail.com

Dr. Briana Pobiner, Executive Secretary, EAAPP: pobinerb (at) si.edu

Dr. Emmanuel Kessy, EAAPP: etkessy (at) gmail.com

Dr. Christine Ngereza, National Natural History Museum, Arusha: cngereza (at) yahoo.com

Mr. Aloyce Mwambinga, National Natural History Museum, Arusha: aloycemg (at) gmail.com

Mr. Joshua Mwankunda, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA): joshua.mwankunda (at) ncaa.go.tz

Dr. Charles Musiba, University of Colorado, Denver: Charles.Musiba (at) ucdenver.edu


As you start planning your travel to Tanzania, we strongly recommend that you work with our conference travel agent, Kilimanjaro Outdoor Safari Limited, to assist you with your travel and accommodation plans. The conference travel agent will offer lower rates for hotel reservations to conference goers than if you make a reservation on your own. They will be able to assist with hotel and lodge reservation in Arusha.  

They will also be able to advise you on up-to-date COVID protocols for traveling to Tanzania. Finally, for those who are interested in pre- and post-conference personal travel in Tanzania, they are available to assist with arranging day field trips and tours in Arusha and Moshi, excursions to famous prehistoric sites such as Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli, and Engare Sero, world-renowned wildlife areas such as Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, geological wonders like Ol Doinyo Lengai, or even a climb up Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and visit Lake Victoria and the stone town of Zanzibar! They can also help with flights and other travel arrangements, as well as airport transfers. They can provide competitive price to conference goers. 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. 

Tanzanian Visas

People from most nations can obtain a visa upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You do not need a visa in advance to fly to Tanzania. Alternatively, you can obtain a Tanzanian visa by filling out online applications at: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/. Visa verification will be received within 7-14 days and you can monitor the status of your application online. Many western and African countries nationals will be able to obtain visa upon arrival at Kilimanjaro or Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar airports.

MOST IMPORTANT: The purpose of your travel is Holiday. DO NOT choose “Business” on your visa application.

COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Since March 2022 a negative PCR or serology COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry in Tanzania for fully vaccinated travelers. If you are not vaccinated follow the Covid-19 mitigation protocol updates issued by Tanzania Ministry of Health.

Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival.  Travelers without a QR code on their vaccination certificate should contact their doctor. For folks from the US, information from CDC on accessing a QR code is here:  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vams/recipient-certificate.html.  Travelers may also be able to generate a QR code through services such as Global Haven:  https://globalhaven.org/.

Travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate with QR code upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) collected at a nationally accredited/approved laboratory, with the sample collected within 72 hours of departure to Tanzania.

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