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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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Declaration of the UISPP

Dear colleagues of the UISPP, The tragic situation in Ukraine, a sovereign and democratic state facing Russia's military aggression, challenges us all as citizens of the world, as democrats and as humanists. We send you, attached, the declaration of the International Academic Union (UAI), of which the UISPP is a member, and to which we fully adhere. To our Ukrainian colleagues, we express our admiration for their determination to defend their nation, identity, culture, language and multi-millennial heritage. The States of the European Community have put in place important measures to facilitate the reception of families on its territories, researchers in our institutes and students in our universities. Let us mobilize to help them personally as well. To our Russian colleagues, we give our every encouragement to see them take to the streets of the cities to demonstrate against this war, at the risk today of being sentenced many years in prison to express their freedom of opinion. We will also welcome them if they were to leave their homeland for their own safety and that of their families. We also think of the risks to Ukraine's archaeological heritage, whose richness is universally known, as a result of bombings, acts of war and looting: the Institute of Archaeology and its tangible and intangible archives, museums and archaeological sites. Let us all commit to protect it.

François Djindjian, President of the UISPP

Read also the statement of the UAI (International Union of the academies)

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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