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
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.
The Transmission, Infektion, Diversifikation & Evolution Group (tide) is a Max Planck Independent Research Group starting in June 2018. The group is headed by Denise Kühnert.
European Research Council-Funded Groups
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other Externally-Funded Research Projects
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.
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 lead at the MPI-SHH by Johannes Krause.
Former Externally-Funded Groups and Projects
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.