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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Downloadable CV

Personal Information

Born:November 30, 1953
Personal status: Married, two children

Education and Degrees

1991 State Doctorate (Habilitation) in Anthropology,
University of Bordeaux I
19783rd Cycle Doctorate,
Vertebrate Paleontology and Human Paleontology,
University of Paris VI
1976M.A. of Vertebrate Paleontology and Human Paleontology,
University of Paris VI
1975B.A. of Geology,
University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)

Academic Appointments

Primary Academic Appointments

Current: Professor of Anthropology
(Max-Planck Institute for EvolutionaryAnthropology)
2000-2003 Professor of Anthropology
(University of Bordeaux, France)
1993-2000 Director of Research
(French National Center for Scientific Research)
1985-1993 Senior Researcher
1981-1985 Junior Researcher
1980-1981 Research contract
1976-1978 Research contract
with DGRST (French Ministry of Education and Research)


Current:Department of Human Evolution,
Max-Planck Institute for EvolutionaryAnthropology, Leipzig
2000-2003 UMR 5809 of CNRS “Anthropology of Ancient Populations”
(University of Bordeaux)
1998-2000 EP1781/UPR2147 of CNRS “Dynamics of Human Evolution”
1995-1997 UMR 152 of CNRS “Laboratory of Biological Anthropology”
1981-1994 URA 49 of CNRS “Center of Anthropological Research of the Musée de l'Homme”

Secondary Academic Appointments

Current:Honorary Professor,
University of Leipzig (since 2006)

Part-time Professor,
Leiden University (since 2010)

International Chair of Palaeoanthropology,
Collège du France, Paris (since 2016)
1996-1998Associated Researcher
at the Museum of Man (San Diego)
(since 1996)
1992-1996Associated researcher
to UMR 5809
du CNRS "Anthropology of Ancient Populations"
1992-1996 Research Group
of the National Museum of Natural History
in Paris
"Morphometry and Shape Analysis"
1989-1996 Research Project
GDR 890 of CNRS
"Biology, Society and Culture"

Visiting Professorships

Current:Invited Professor,
Collège de France (Since 2014)
2011 Visiting Professor,
Dept. of Anthropological Sciences,
Stanford University
1999Visiting Professor,
Dept. of Anthropological Sciences,
Stanford University
1997Visiting Scholar,
Dept. of Anthropology,
Harvard University
1981-1994 Visiting Professor,
Dept. of Anthropology,
University of California, Berkeley

Administrative and Scientific Management

Main Current:Director of the Department of Human Evolution,
Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,

Secondary or Previous

Since 2013Co-Director of the Max Planck-Weizmann Joint Center
in the Field of Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology
Since 2009Assemblée de l’Institut Pasteur (‘Assemblée des Cent’)
2012-2013Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany
2006-2007Managing Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
2001-2005 Scientific Committee for the Near East,
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2000-2004 Committee of the program OHLL (CNRS)
2000-2004 Director of the project
"Production and Perception of the language in Neanderthals" (Program OHLL)
2002-2003Deputy Director for Prehistoric Archeology,
Biological Anthropology and Paleoenvironmental Sciences
at the Direction of CNRS
2002-2003 Scientific Committee of the “International Pole of Prehistory”
of Aquitanian region
2000-2003 Committee of the program ECLIPSE (CNRS
1999-2003 Director of GDR2152 (CNRS)
"Fossil hominids: from virtual imaging to 3D morphometry"
2001-2002 Member of the Scientific Council for Social and Human Sciences of CNRS
1998-2000 Director of the research team
“Dynamics of Human Evolution” of CNRS
(EP1781 and UPR2147 of CNRS, Paris)
1995-2000 Member of the Archaeological Committee of CNRS
1991-2000 Elected Member of the French National Committee of Scientific Research
1995-1997 Co-Director of the CNRS research team
"Laboratory of Biological Anthropology"
(UMR 152 of CNRS, Paris)
1994-1996 Member of the Administration Committee
of the National Museum of Natural History (Paris)
1994Deputy Director of the CNRS research team
"Center of Anthropological Research of the Musée de l’Homme”
(URA 49 of CNRS)
1990-1994 Director of the Archaeological Project of Zafarraya
for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Grant Support

  • H. Dibble, J.-J. Hublin, S. McPherron (2009) "Assessing the Faunal and Lithic Assemblages and Chronology of the Smugglers' Cave Site" (NSF #BCS-0935491).
  • 2010 ARC Discovery Projects (Co-PI)
  • Marie Curie European Research Training Network Grant (EVAN)
  • Grants and support from CNRS, Collège de France, French National Museum of Natural History,University of Paris VI, University of Bordeaux 1, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Ministry of Research, Leakey Foundation, Fyssen Foundation.

Membership in Scientific Societies

  • American Association of Physical Anthropology
  • Asociación Española para el Estudio del Cuaternario
  • Association Française pour l'Avancement des Scienceso
    • 1986-1988 Vice-president of the "Anthropology" section
    • 1988-1990 President of "Anthropology" section
  • European Anthropological Association
  • European Society for the study of Human Evolution
  • La Jolla Group for Explaining the Origin of Humans (San Diego, California)
  • Société d'Anthropologie de Pariso
    • 1990-1995 General Secretary
  • Société d'Anthropologie du Sud-Ouest
  • Société Française pour l'Histoire des Sciences de l'Homme
  • Société Préhistorique Française

Awards and Honours

2013Rudolf-Virchow Vorlesung,
Prinz Maximilian zu Wied-Stiftung,
2011Elected President of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution
2009The Innolec Lectureship in Anthropology;
Awarded by the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University,
Czech Republic.
1990 Prize F. Millepierre of "Academie Française" for the book :"Boucher de Perthes, lesorigines romantiques de la Préhistoire"

Archaeological Excavations and Fieldwork

2007-2009Rhafas Cave,
(Mousterian, Morocco),
co-directed by A. Bouzouggar & J.-J.Hublin
2004-2011Jebel Irhoud,
(Mousterian, Morocco),
co-directed by A. Ben-Ncer & J.-J. Hublin
2004-2007 Jonzac,
(Mousterian and Upper Palaeolithic, France),
co-directed by J. Jaubert & J.-J. Hublin
2005-2006 Dikika,
(Plio-Pleistocene, Ethiopia),
directed by Z. Alemseged

(Mousterian, Spain),
co-directed by Hublin, J.-J.& C. Barroso-Ruiz

1988 Jebel Irhoud,
(Mousterian, Morocco),
survey by Hublin, J.-J.& J.P. Raynal.
1984 Atlantic Morocco,
(geological survey of the hominids sites)
1982-1983 Ternifine,
(Acheulean, Algeria),
co-directed by Hublin, J.-J.& J.-J. Jaeger
1977 La Madeleine,
(Magdalenian, France), directed by J.M. Bouvie
1975-1977 Marillac,
(Mousterian, France), directed by B. Vandermeersch
1976 Biache-Saint-Vaast,
(Acheulean, France), directed by A. Tuffreau
1975 Djebel Qafzeh,
(Mousterian, Israël), directed by B. Vandermeersch
1974 La Beaume-Vallée,
(Mousterian, France), directed by J.P. Raynal

Chez Jugie,
(Azilian, France), directed by G. Mazière

1969-1970 Grotte du Loup,
(Chatelperronian and Aurignacian, France), directed by G.Mazière


Invited Lectures and Seminar

2018Pediatric Research Symposium, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig (Germany)
2018Keynote Speech - International Symposium, Collège de France, Paris (France)
2018Jebel Irhoud et l’origine d’Homo sapiens, Grands Séminaires du Musée de l'Homme, Paris (France)
2018Le premier de notre espèce, Musée de Nemours, Paris (France)
2018Conference, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland)
2017Young Researchers of the Imagine Institute, 2rd YR21 Congress, Paris (France)
2017Dean’s Lecture, University of Leiden, Leiden (the Netherlands)
2017Neandertal Si Neandertal No, Academy of Agriculture, Science and Letters, Verona (Italy)
2016Colloque de rentrée, Migrations, Réfugiés, Exil, Collège de France, Paris (France)
2016Symposium: Evolution of the Human Face, Madrid (Spain)
2016Tables Rondes d L’Arbois, Aix en Provence (France)
201657th DGP Conference, Leipzig (Germany)
2016James Arthur Lecture, American Natural History Museum, New York (U.S.A.)
2016Modern Origins in the Mediterranean, IMERA, Marseille
2015Salzburger Hochschulwoche, Salzburg (Austria)
2015Salk Institute, San Diego (USA)
2015Académie des Sciences, Paris (France)
2015University of Ravenna (Italy)
2015University of Bologna (Italy)
2015Moroccan Ministery of Culture, Rabat (Morocco)
2015Rotary Club Casablanca El Fida, Casablanca (Morocco)
2015Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Leipzig (Germany)
2015Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
2015National Institute of Archaeology and Museum; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria)
2015Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)
2014Labratoire Dynamique du Langage, Université de Lyon 2 (France)
2014European Acheulean Conference, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
2014Keynote lecture –3rd Congress of Biomedical Sciences and Methods in Archaeology, Université de Bordeaux I (France)
2014 Université de Toulouse (France)
2014European Society for the Study of Human Evolution, Florence (Italy)
2014Keynote lecture – 5th meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Vienna (Austria
2014Symposium, Royal Society, London(UK)
2014Seminar, Namur (Belgium)
2014Cell Symposium, Sitges (Spain)
2014Conference Series, Universiteit Leiden(The Netherlands)
2013Rudolf Virchow Lecture, Neuwied (Germany)
2013McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (UK)
2013Keynote lecture –RESET meeting at the British Museum, London (UK)
2013Field Museum, Chicago (USA)
2013Masaryk Univertity Brno (République Tchèque)
2013Paleoanthropology Society Meeting Honolulu, (USA)
2013School of Paleoanthropology, University of Perugia (Italy)
20123rd Annual Anthropological Lecture in Memory of Prof. A. Wiercińsky, Warsaw (Poland)
2012Keynote Lecture - 18th Congress of the European Anthropological Association, Ankara (Turkey)
2012Keynote Lecture - 51st Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Leipzig (Germany)
2012Collaborative Research Centre, Cologne (Germany)
2012EMBL Forum Lectures, Grenoble (France)
2012Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur, Leipzig (Germany)
2012Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and Leakey Foundation, Houston (USA)
2012Human Origins at the Edge of Discovery, ASU Institute of Human Origins, Tempe (USA)
2012Kimmel Center, Rehovot (Israel)
2012L’Archéologie au laboratoire, Cité des Sciences, La Vilette (France)
2012Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence (Italy)
2012Zoologisches Kolloquium des Institutes für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Musuem der Friederich-Schiller-Universität, Jena (Germany)
2011California Academy of Sciences and Leakey Foundation, San Francisco (USA)
2011College de France, Paris (France)
2011Institute des Neurosciences, UCL, Brussels (Belgium)
2011Morrison Institute Winter Colloquium, Stanford University, California (USA)
2011Musée de La Chapelle-aux-Saints (France)
2011Siemens, CS Business Conference,Leipzig (Germany)
2011Union Scientifique d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux (France)
2011University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)
2011University of York, Paleo launch, York (UK)
2010Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Barcelona (Spain)
2010Conférences de la Vallée de la Couze, Montferrand-du-Périgord (France)
2010Die lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Leipzig (Germany)
2010Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Nürnberg (Germany)
2010Institut Pasteur, Paris (France
2010International Women’s Club of Leipzig, Leipzig (Germany
2010Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
2010Workshop on Human Uniqueness and Behavioural Modernity, Arizona State University, Tempe (USA)
2009Anthropology Colloquium, University of California, Davis (USA)
2009Associazione Antropologica Italiana, XVIII Congresso, Firenze (Italy)
2009Associazione Antropologica Italiana, XVIII Congresso, Firenze (Italy)
2009Dmanisi Symposium, Naturalis –National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (The Netherlands)
2009"Human EvoDevo" workshop, KLI, Altenberg
2009Innolec lecture at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic)
2009Kolloquium zur Ur-und Frühgeschichten Archaelogie, University of Leipzig (Germany)
2009Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Leiden (The Netherlands)
2009Stanford Archaeological Center Lecture Series, Stanford University (USA)
2008 Berliner Ges. F. Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte, Berlin (Germany
2008 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon (France)
2008 EvE Colloquium in Evolutionary Ecology, Tübingen (Germany)
2008 Martin Schwarzbach Kolloquium, Köln (Germany)
2008 New York University, New York (USA)
2008 Triple – A Anniversary, Hamburg (Germany
2006Cité de Science, Paris (France)
2006Frontiers of Science, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany)
2006 Geo-Kolloquium, Heidelberg University (Germany)
2006Institut für Ur-und Frühgeschichte, Köln University (Germany)2006 IPP (Internationales Promotions Programm) Workshop, University Leipzig (Germany)
2006 IPP (Internationales Promotions Programm) Workshop, University Leipzig (Germany)
2006Musée de l’Homme, Paris (France)
2006Paléosite of St. Cesaire (France)
20054th MPG PhD Student Representatives Meeting, Göttingen (Germany)
20056th Congress of the Gesellschaft for Antropologie e.V., Munich (Germany)
2005Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena (Germany)
2005 Les entretiens de la Préhistoire, St. Césaire (France)
2004Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)
2004International University Bremen (Germany)
2004Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle (Germany)
2004 Les Journées de Préhistoire, Saint-Césaire (France)
2004 Stanford University –Dept. of Anthropology, Palo Alto (USA)
2004 "The rise and fall of Homo Erectus", UCSD, La Jolla (USA)
2004 Tulane University, New-Orleans LA (USA)
2004 University of Leipzig (Germany)
2003 Duke University, Durham NC (USA)
2003 Les entretiens de la Préhistoire 2003, Saint-Césaire (France)
2003Pole International de Préhistoire, Les Eyzies (France)
2002 Kunstkamera, St.-Petersburg (Russia)
2002 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)
2002Museum of Man, San Diego (USA)
2002 Théatre de la Science, Bordeaux (France)
2001 Collège de France, Paris (France)
2001 Paleoanthropology Seminar, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (USA)
2000Le Chaînon manquant, University Bordeaux 1 (France)
1999 Department of Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University (USA)
1999Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
1999Leakey Foundation, San Francisco (USA)
1999 Scientific Reporters Association, Press Breakfast, Paris (France)
1998 CCAS, Plourvez-Porzay (France)
1998CCAS, Tregunc-Concarneau (France)
1998Rotary International Club, Chantilly (France)
199723ème Annual Meetingof “European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation”,Aix-les-Bains (France)
1997Archaeology Wing Lunch series, Harvard University (USA)
1997 Centre des faibles radioactivités CEA-CNRS, Gif sur Yvette (France)
1997Department directors meeting, CNRS, Paris (France)
1997Evolutionary Anatomy seminar, University College London (UK)
1997 Lecture-Luncheons Peabody Museum, Harvard University (USA)
1997Société Historique de Compiègne (France)
1996 Brigham Young University, Provo (USA)
1996 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Bordeaux (France)
1996 Montreuil book show, Paris (France)
1996 Musée d’Aquitaire, Bordeaux (France)
1996 Museum of Man, San Diego (USA)
1995 Centre inter-universitaire méditerranéen, Nice (France)
1995 Dept. of Prehistory, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
1995 Dept. of Prehistory, University of Lille (France)
1995 Ecole Doctorale du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
1994 Collège de France, Paris (France)
1994 Dept. of Anthropology, Cambridge University (UK)
1994 Dept. of Prehistory, University of Aix-Marseille (France)
1994 Musée de l’Homme, Paris (France) x 2
1994 Seminar of African Prehistory, UPR 311, Paris (France)
1994 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA) x 2
1993 Musée de l’Homme, Paris (France) x 3
1992Centre Culturel Franco-Portugais, Lisbon (Portugal)
1992Leakey Foundation, San Francisco (USA)
1992Musée de l'Homme, Paris (France)
1992 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (USA)
1990Centre Culturel Jean Carné, St Michel sur Orge (France)
1990 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Bordeaux (France)
1990 Université inter-âges de Versailles (France)
1989 CIRAS, Amiens (France)
1989Collège de France, Paris (France)
1989 Dept. of Anthropology, Musée de l'Homme, Paris (France)
1989 DRAC, Châlons-sur-Marne (France)
1989IBM managers seminar, Marne-la-Vallée (France)
1989 National seminar for « Ecoles Normales » teachers Limoges (France)
1988Dept. of Prehistory, University of Paris X (France)
1988IBM managers seminar, Marne-la-Vallée (France)
1988INSAP, Rabat (Morocco)
1988Press Conference, Musée de Préhistoire d'Ile de France, Nemours (France)
1988 Seminar EPHE, Paris (France)
1988 Société des Amis du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
1988 Société Royale Belge d'Anthropologie et de Préhistoire, Brussells (Belgium)
1987Collège de France, Paris (France)
1987Dept. of Anthropology, University of Bordeaux (France)
1987Dept. of Prehistory, University of Paris X (France)
1986Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques, Sèvres (France)
1986 Société d'Anthropologie de Paris (France)
1985 Centre culturel. Boulogne (France)
1985 Centre culturel J. Renoir Dieppe (France)
1985 Institut de Sexologie, Paris (France)
1985 IVPP, Beijing (China)
1984 Ecole Pratique des hautes études, Montpellier (France)
1984 Musée de l'Homme, Paris (France)


Editorial boards

  • Anthropological Science (Tokyo)
  • Archaeology Magazine (New York)
  • Bulletins et mémoires de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris (Paris)
  • Dolní Vĕstonice Series, Institute of Archaelogy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Brno)
  • Human Evolution (Florence)
  • Human Evolution Series, Oxford University Press (Oxford)
  • Journal of Human Evolution (London)
  • Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte (Tübingen)
  • Museum of Comparative Anthropogeny (San Diego)
  • Paléo (Les Eyzies)Rivista di Antropologia (Rome)

Public Understanding of Science

Writing of numerous articles and 6 books (some with translations into English, Italian, Spanish and Chinese) for a general audience about Vertebrate and Human Paleontology.

Participation in 5 exhibitions, 3 CDs, and numerous public lectures.

Interviews and participation in many radio and television programs in France, Switzerland, Spain, UK, Canada, USA, and Germany (RTL, Deutschlandfunk, WDR Fernsehen, France Culture, France Inter, Radio France International, TSF, Europe 1, Radio Suisse Romande, BBC-Radio, Radio Canada, CNDP, Delta Image, TF1, A2, FR3, ARTE, M6, La5, LC1, TV5, BBC-Television, Channel Five, NOVA, WQED, Discovery Channel, TVE, BBC Science Radio Unit, Wildfire TV, ZDF, History Channel, Schweizer Radio DRS2, CBC, Crescendo Films)

I try to respond to requests for comments from journalists from the national and international press.