International Association of Physiological Anthropology

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. organizations
PresidentA. Bittles (Perth, Australia)
President EmeritusH. W. Jürgens (Kiel, Germany)
Vice-PresidentA. Yasukouchi (Fukuoka, Japan)
Secretary-GeneralH. Harada (Sendai, Japan)
SecretaryY. Tsunetsugu (Tsukuba, Japan)
Executive R. Attenborough (Canberra, Australia)
G. Brush (San Francisco, USA)
D.E. Crews (Ohio, USA)
E. Godina (Moscow, Russia)
T. Katsuura (Chiba, Japan)
C.G.N. Mascie-Taylor (Cambridge, UK)
Y. Miyazaki (Chiba, Japan)
J.F.M. Molenbroek (Delft, Netherlands)
L.M. Schell (Albany, USA)
J-Y. Sohn (Seoul, Korea)
S. Watanuki (Fukuoka, Japan)
W. Wang (Beijing, China)
TreasurerK. Iwanaga (Chiba, Japan)

E-mail: (Hajime Harada, 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.
President Prof. Alan Bittles
Date September 9-12, 2010 (September 9: registration and welcome reception)
PlaceEsplanade Hotel Fremantle, Fremantle, Australia
Main Theme Peoples and Places
President Prof. Johan F.M. Molenbroek
Date 22-26 Augst, 2008
Place Delft, Netherlands
Main Theme Human Diversity: Design for life

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