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[NEW] 2019.01.09 The 14th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology
2018.10.22 Organizations

About IAPA

International Association of Physiological Anthropology is the union of Anthropology, Human Biology and Physiological Anthropology societies around the world. The IAPA (former ISPA, International Society of Physiological Anthropology) was first established when the 3rd International Congress of Physiological Anthropology was held in Nara, Japan in 1996. Physiological Anthropology is the scientific discipline which focused on homo sapiens as the subjects existing in modern technological society of today and aspired to the creation of living environments and lifestyle systems based on research which attaches importance to human characteristics evaluated from a viewpoint encompassing the past, present and future.

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the IAPA are to promote research exchange and collaborationin the field of physiological anthropology. The objectives are to contribute to the advancement in physiological anthropology with the cooperation of its members, to hold theinternational congresses and to support other activities for the attainment of objectives of the IAPA (e.g. workshops, schools, education, etc.).


The association is governed by a Council comprised of delegates from the member societies and members and the Executive Committee of the Council.

President Emeritus

Hans W. Jürgens (Kiel, Germany)
Alan Bittles (Perth, Australia)


Douglas E. Crews (Columbus, USA)


Barry Bogin (Loughborough, UK)
Taro Yamauchi (Sapporo, Kyoto, Japan)


Yuko Tsunetsugu (Tokyo, Japan)


Sung-Phil Kim (Ulsan, Korea)
Takayuki Nishimura (Nagasaki, Japan)


Daniel Brown (Hilo, USA)
Fook Tim Chew (Singapore, Singapore)
Elena Z. Godina (Moscow, Russia)
Kathrin Gransitzki (Kiel, Germany)
Hajime Harada (Sendai, Japan)
Michael Hermanussen (Altenhof, Germany)
Keita Ishibashi (Chiba, Japan)
Tetsuo Katsuura (Chiba, Japan)
Susumu Kudo (Fukuoka, Japan)
C G Nicholas Mascie-Taylor (Cambridge, UK)
Harunobu Nakamura (Kobe, Japan)
Yee How Say (Kajang, Malaysia)
Gwanseob Shin (Ulsan, Korea)
Akira Yasukouchi (Fukuoka, Japan)


Koichi Iwanaga (Chiba, Japan)


Each member is obliged to support the objectives of the IAPA. Members may be affiliated to the IAPA in one of three categories:
1. The Society of Physiological Anthropology and representative of Physiological Anthropology in each country;
2. Individual Member (who does not belong to a society of Physiological Anthropology);
3. Supporting Member.