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Etienne Danchin is Emeritus CNRS Research Director at EDB (Évolution & Diversité Biologique), Université de Toulouse, France.

Etienne Danchin, a former director of the EDB lab in Toulouse, co-founded and still co-leads the LabEx TULIP (2011-2019) unifying 4 laboratories on infra-individual processes (molecular biology, physiology, development, plant-microbe interactions) with 3 labs on supra-individual processes (behavioural ecology, population biology, community and ecosystem, evolution). He published 130 scientific papers, as well as textbooks in behavioural ecology in Portuguese, French and English. He advocates the necessity to integrate non-genetic inheritance into a synthetic theory of evolution, which he dubbed "Inclusive Evolutionary Synthesis". He more specifically focuses on the role of epigenetic inheritance in evolution and provided experimental evidence for mechanisms of cultural inheritance in Drosophila melanogaster. His ultimate scientific goal is to help promoting the Inclusive Evolutionary Synthesis generalising the mainstream Modern Synthesis of Evolution. More information.




Luke Glowacki is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University

Luke Glowacki investigates how humans self-organize in the absence of centralized decision-makers. Much of his research has focused on the emergence of collective action, especially violence and warfare. He conducts long-term fieldwork with nomadic pastoralists in the borderlands of Ethiopia and South Sudan employing ethnographic and experimental methods. He’s also keenly interested in increasing the integration among the life, social, and psychological sciences. He won the annual EHBEA New Investigator Award. More information.




Claudine Junien, Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, Faculté de Médecine Paris-Ouest, FRANCE.

Claudine Junien created and directed the research unit U383 "Genetics, chromosome and cancer" for the Institut National de la Santé et de la recherche Médicale (INSERM) at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital (Paris); she founded and coordinated the Diplôme d'Etudes spécialisées national (DES) of Medical Genetics, and she launched the Francophone Society for the Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases (SF-DOHaD), which she presided over until 2015. She is currently pursuing her research at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique INRA Jouy-en-Josas. She is a corresponding member of the Academy of Medicine (ANM). 



Daniel Lieberman is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Daniel Lieberman’s research combines experimental biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology both in the lab and in the field, and he has conducted research in Africa for almost 30 years, and now also works in Mexico. He has published over 150 papers, many in journals such as Nature, Science, and PNAS.  He is best known for his research on the evolution of the head and on the evolution of running, which he also enjoys doing himself.  He has published two books, The Evolution of the Human Head (2011), and The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease (2013).  More information.




Richard McElreath, Director of the Department of Human Behaviour, Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, GERMANY

Richard McElreath's main interest is in how the evolution of social learning in humans accounts for the unusual nature of human adaptation and the extraordinary scale and variety of human societies. He uses in his research a combination of formal evolutionary models, experiments and ethnographic fieldwork. A major focus of Dr. McElreath's current research program is to develop and implement standardized methods for collecting ethnographic data across diverse fieldsites to promote cross-cultural comparisons using "big data" and to refine our understanding of human-environment interactions. More information.




Anne Pusey is James B. Duke Professor Emerita of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.

Anne Pusey is a behavioral ecologist with interests in competition, cooperation, and the evolution of social organization in animal societies. As Director of the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center at Duke, she studies chimpanzee behavior and life history, and manages the archive of data from the long-term study of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, initiated by Jane Goodall in 1960. She also studied Serengeti lions in Tanzania from 1978-1991. Anne Pusey has authored or co-authored more than 180 publications. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. More information.




Jean Tirole is chairman of the Jean-Jacques Laffont - Toulouse School of Economics Foundation and scientific director of the Institute for Industrial Economics.

Jean Tirole’s research covers the psychology underlying economic decision-making, industrial organization, regulation, finance, macroeconomics and banking. He has published over 200 articles in international reviews, as well as 12 scientific books. Published in French in 2016, his latest book entitled, "Economics for the Common Good", is accessible to a wide audience and under translation into a number of other languages. He is laureate of numerous international distinctions, including the 2007 CNRS gold medal and the 2014 Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel.  Dr. Tirole is also affiliated with MIT, where he holds a visiting position, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Institut de France and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, which he co-founded in 2011. More information.





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