Independent and Externally-Funded Research Groups and Projects

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History hosts independent and externally-funded research groups and projects on a variety of topics.


Max Planck Independent Research Groups

Extreme Events Research Group

The Extreme Events Research Group (EXT) is an intersectional research group exploring the definition, detection and impacts of extreme events. The group is physically based at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, but works with all three Jena Max Planck Institutes (the other two being the MPI for the Science of Human History and the MPI for Biogeochemistry).

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The Mint
The Minds and Traditions Research Group (the Mint) is a Max Planck Independent Research Group started in February 2016. The group explores the origins and evolution of graphic codes through cognitive science, linguistic anthropology and quantitative cultural history. The group is headed by Olivier Morin. more
'Lise Meitner' Pan-African Evolution Research Group (Pan-Ev)
From 2019, the Pan-African Evolution Research Group will explore human evolution and demography across Africa through a combination of archaeology, genetics, biogeography and climate science. The group is headed by Dr Eleanor Scerri. more
PS&H
Palaeo-Science and History (PS&H) is a Max Planck Independent Research Group that started in 2018. The group is headed by Adam Izdebski. more
tide

The Transmission, Infektion, Diversifikation & Evolution Group (tide) is a Max Planck Independent Research Group started in June 2018. The group is headed by Denise Kühnert.

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European Research Council-Funded Groups

CALC

The CALC Research Group is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Computer-Assisted Language Comparison: Reconciling Computational and Classical Approaches in Historical Linguistics,” started in April 2017. The group is headed by Johann-Mattis List.

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CoDisEASe
The CoDisEASe Research Group is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled "Communicable Disease Exchange in the Age of Seafaring", started in December 2018. The group is headed by Kirsten Bos. more
DairyCultures
The DairyCultures Resaerch Group is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Cultures of dairying: gene-culture-microbiome evolution and the ancient invention of dairy foods,” started in November 2018. The group is headed by Christina Warinner. more
Eurasia3angle

The Eurasia3angle Research Group is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant titled, “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family,” started in September 2015. The group is headed by Martine Robeets.

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FEDD: Fruits of Eurasia: Domestication and Dispersal
Many of the fruits, nuts, and grains on our dinner tables today once spread across the ancient world along the great Silk Road. By studying the plants of the ancient Silk Road, we are studying the history of our food – the greatest artifacts of the ancient Silk Road are in your kitchen. more
FINDER
The FINDER Research Group is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Fossil Fingerprinting and Identification of New Denisovan Remains from Pleistocene Asia,” started in June 2017. The group is headed by Katerina Douka. more
PALEoRIDER
The PALEoRIDER Research Group is funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant titled "Human health and migration in prehistory", started in 2018. The group is headed by Wolfgang Haak. more
PANTROPOCENE – Finding a Pre-industrial, Pa-tropical Anthropocene
PANTROPOCENE will study the degree to which combined pre-colonial and colonial impacts on tropical forests across the bounds of the former Spanish Empire initiated changes to climate, geomorphology, and the atmosphere and whether such feedbacks represent the origins of a pre-industrial 'Anthropocene'. The group is headed by Patrick Roberts. more

Other Externally-Funded Research Projects

Heirloom Microbes
The Heirloom Microbes Project is funded by the Max Planck Society Supporting Members and started in 2017. The project investigates the history and legacy of ancient dairying bacteria. The project is headed by Christina Warinner and Jessica Hendy. more
LOMVIA
The LOMVIA (Linking Oceanography and Multi-specific, spatially-Variable Interactions of seabirds and their prey in the Arctic) project is a joint project funded by the BMBF and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Patrick Roberts is the German lead investigator of the project. more

Former Externally-Funded Groups and Projects

GENESEZS Project
The GENESEZS Project is a joint project funded by the BMBF (the German Federal Ministry of Education) that aims to sequence 70 different pest genomes persisting in rodent populations in Central Asia. The project is led at the MPI-SHH by Johannes Krause. more
Waves
The Waves Research Group is funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Waves of history in the South Pacific: A gene-culture coevolutionary approach,” started in January 2018. The group is headed by Adam Powell. Since October 2019 the group is hosted by the MPi for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. more

APGREID – The APGREID Research Group was funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Ancient Pathogen Genomics of Re-emerging Infectious Disease,” and concluded in December 2017. The group was headed by Johannes Krause.

Palaeodeserts – The Palaeodeserts project was funded in part by an ERC Senior Researcher Grant, titled “Climate Change and Hominin Evolution in the Arabian Desert: Life and Death at the Cross-roads of the Old World,” and concluded in 2017. It was also funded by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Max Planck Society. The project was headed by Michael Petraglia.

Sealinks – The Sealinks project was funded by an ERC Starting Grant, titled “Bridging continents across the sea: Multi-disciplinary perspectives on the emergence of long-distance maritime contacts in prehistory,” and concluded in October 2014. The project was headed by Nicole Boivin.

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