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The International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques – UISPP) was founded on May 28th, 1931, in Bern, and groups together all the sciences related to prehistoric and protohistoric studies: archaeology, anthropology, palaeontology, geology, zoology, botany, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, geography, history, numismatics, epigraphy, mathematics and other.

Research into the mechanisms of adaption and the dynamics of human societies lies at the heart of the IUPPS’s scientific interest. The IUPPS therefore periodically organises a world congress of prehistoric and protohistoric sciences. At these world congresses the progress made with regard to the state of knowledge is presented and common research objectives are defined. To this end, the IUPPS creates scientific commissions devoted to specific research issues.

UISPP has been a member of the UNESCO associate International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences since 1955.

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New: UISPP XIX World Congress - Meknes NEW DATES

VISIT THE WEB SITE OF THE MEKNES CONGRESS Waiting for the UISPP congress enjoy with the online conferences "UISPP Online conferences 2020"

The Local Organizing Committee of the XIXth IUPPS and in a close concertation with the President and the General Secretary of the IUPPS is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Most of our colleagues are in fact affected by different countries in all over the world lockdowns and travel ban announcements.
Last April 18th 2020, the Local Organizing Committee held a video conferencing meeting with the President and the General Secretary of the IUPPS about the lockdown measures, the border shutdowns by many countries and to preserve health of all the participants.
After evaluating the situation and in order to ensure a greater participation of our colleagues and to welcome them in the best possible conditions, the XIXth IUPPS although initially foreseen for September 1st-6th 2020 had to be postponed to September Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 7th 2021 at Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco.

The UISPP, member of the International Academic Union (UAI)

The International Academic Union (UAI) is the global organization of national academies in the humanities and social sciences. Its objectives are to initiate, recognize, promote and fund long-term international research projects. Established in 1919 in Paris with a general secretariat based in Brussels, the UAI currently comprises more than a hundred academies from 63 countries and all continents. On November 25, 2019, the year of its centenary celebration, the UAI General Assembly voted unanimously to join the UISPP, as a member of the IAU. Read more


We are pleased to inform you that the second number of the UISPP Journal is now available on-line

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