March 8 2021: virtual conf 2021-06-21T13:52:37+00:00

On the occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day, on March 8th & 9th, 2021

1st Virtual Conference for Women Archeologists and Paleontologists

About forty young women researchers will present their works by videoconference
The audience is open to all!

Follow #ArcheoPaleoWomen by the live tweet provided by @paleo_j

While more women are graduated in higher education than men, they are under-represented in the research community in France, and also in Europe and around the world1, 2. In addition, the Covid-19 crisis seems to have particularly affected women in several areas, including research3, 4. Our aim is here to promote women in our scientific disciplines through the creation of an event open to all.

Women are still a minority in public research in France: 35% of researchers are women5. Despite a lack of quantitative data, the observation that women are under-represented as researchers, lecturers or professors is also shared in our specific disciplines. However, there are many more women researchers who have non-permanent, and therefore precarious, positions.

Thus, their works contribute daily to the renewal of knowledge about past populations, both human and non-human, and the environments in which they lived. By promoting their recent contributions, this scientific event will be an opportunity to give more visibility to young women researchers. It will also be an occasion to share knowledge and approaches between our disciplines, and to initiate discussions and even collaborations.

Conference topics:

The conference will focus on recent contributions to the study of past populations and environments. It will be organized around several axes:

  • Experimentations, actualist referentials, ancient sources and other methodological approaches
  • Territories, mobility and (paleo)biogeography
  • Resources and subsistence strategies
  • Environmental changes and biological adaptations

We will end the first day with a roundtable discussion between participants on the place of women in our disciplines. The objective will be to engage a reflection on the place of women in our disciplines, to take stock of current practices and problems that women confront in particular, and to discuss together the points that can be improved for a more gender-equal science.


The organizers

  • Julie Bachellerie : PhD student in prehistory at TRACES, her research focuses on technical innovations in the Upper Paleolithic through the example of Late Solutrean groups. She studies more specifically lithic toolkits.
  • Emilie Berlioz : Post-doctoral fellow at TRACES and associate researcher at PALEVOPRIM, Emilie explores the feeding ecology of current and Pleistocene deer from their dental abrasion. She studies their adaptive responses to (paleo)environmental changes.
  • Ana Galán-López : Post-doctoral fellow at TRACES and Dr. in archeology, Ana is specialist in Middle and Upper Paleolithic subsistence strategies. Currently, she is studying reindeer ecomorphology thanks to a Marie Curie grant (Emorph project).
  • Margot Louail : PhD student at PALEVOPRIM, Margot is interested in the influence of diet on the selection of dental characters in suidae and primates. She studies dental data from pigs with different controlled-diets.

Communication support

  • Jonathan Lafont : Part of the PALEVOPRIM laboratory’s communication project, Jonathan is graduated in paleontology and scientific communication. He is the creator of the Youtube channel Paléo-J dedicated to the vulgarization of paleontology.

The videos of the presentations

Find out more

Free registration
Registration open until March 1st 2021

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Guylaine REYNAUD

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