HOPE-GM:Primate Origins of Human Evolution: From Genes to Mind

Announcement of "Primate Origins of Human Evolution: From Genes to Mind"

HOPE-GM is an anagram of the research project that was newly funded by JSPS.

HOPE-GM project aims to promote the multi-disciplinary studies on primate origins of human evolution. It covers evolutionary genomics, animal behavior, and cultural primatology.

HOPE-GM is officially funded as the "Invitation Program for Advanced research Institutions in Japan" (Only for Fiscal Year 2009) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

The JSPS program aims to encourage internationalization of research environments for the Japanese world-leading advanced research institutes/centers. JSPS supports their projects to invite a group of excellent senior researchers and young talented researchers abroad. The projects provide opportunities for young Japanese researchers to work with world-leading researchers from abroad.

The JSPS program covers all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The eligibility of application is as follows: Japanese universities and research institutions which are adopted as the following institutes/centers are eligible to this program. 1) Inter-University Research Institutes or Joint Usage / Research Centers, or 2) Formulation of Innovation Center of Advanced Interdisciplinary Research-Area or World Premier International Research Centers (WPI). About 15 projects were to be funded. HOPE-GM is one of the top 15 projects.

HOPE-GM invited the following three senior scholars;

Svante Pääbo,
Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
Period: February 10, 2010 - March 10, 2010

Frans de Waal
Living Links, Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University, USA
Period: March 5, 2010 - March 29, 2010

William McGrew
Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
Period: March 18, 2010 - April 11, 2010

HOPE-GM also invited 8 young foreign scholars to join the program.
Each of the 8 young scholars stayed in Japan for three months (90 days).

Anna Albiach Serrano, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Period: March 16, 2010 - June 14, 2010

Malini Suchak, Emory University
Period: February 28, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Paco Bertolani, University of Cambridge
Period: February 24, 2010 - May 25, 2010

Susana Carvalho, University of Cambridge
Period: February 19, 2010 - May 19, 2010

Kathelijne Koops, University of Cambridge
Period: March 12, 2010 - June 10, 2010

Sonja Koski, University of Cambridge
Period: March 12, 2010 - June 10, 2010

Kimberley Jane Hockings, Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Period: January 28, 2010 - April 29, 2010

Qi Xiao-Guang, Northwest University
Period: November 27, 2010 - February 24, 2010

HOPE-GM had a series of lectures and workshops by the invited senior and young scholars as follows.

March 8th , 2010 PRI Seminar in Inuyama
March 21st -23rd , 2010 HOPE-GM Conference in Kyoto
March 29th -30th , 2010 Koshima Field Station in Miyazaki
March 31st -April 2nd , 2010 Yakushima Field Station in Yakushima
Apri 6th -7th , 2010 Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara in Okayama
Apri 8th -11th , 2010 Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uto in Kumamoto


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