About WWNA


What is WWNA?

Why The World Needs Anthropologists is a showdown of the most thought-provoking issues, bursting out of the intersections of academia and aligned industries. Attracting 2,200 participants from varying disciplines and sectors, the flagship symposium of EASA’s Applied Anthropology Network has been providing a platform for discussion and action since 2013. 

WWNA’s model usually features immersive plenary talks and moderated panel discussions in the iconic local venues. Like-minded professionals, students and graduates mingle at the Hotspot exhibition. 

The next day, WWNA sponsors, partners and participants run hands-on, themed workshops and smaller case-study-oriented sessions such as Perspectives

The third day is dedicated to the site-specific activities and the annual European Applied Anthropology Network Meeting. When all is said and done, we will enjoy social events in the heart of Central Europe.

If all of this sounds appealing, then “Mobilizing the Planet” is right up your street!

Check out our past events.

Past events

      • 2019: Sustaining Cities
        Sustainability and urban development – Oslo, 300 participants, three days
      • 2016: Humanize IT
        Information technologies – Tartu, 350 participants, two days

WWNA Satellite Events

Do you want to adapt our format and organise your “own” Why the World Needs Anthropologists? We can offer support in facilitating:

  • A one-off event endorsed by EASA Applied Anthropology Network (AAN)
  • A tool to join the mission of making anthropology accessible in different settings
  • A gathering that benefits from WWNA name and the elements of original format
  • An assembly that is independently and locally organized by volunteers
  • A happening that targets audiences in different countries 

Step by step

  1. Learn more in the Satellite Event Guide Book
  2. Submit the Application Form
  3. Use the Satellite Event Pack to promote it locally.
  4. Sign the License Agreement together with SE Manager

Satellite Event Manager

Bérénice Perroud: wwna.satellite(at)easaonline.org


“An amazing conference! And definitely one of the best I have been to. Looking forward to the next one.”


Sarah Pink,
Professor of
and Emerging
Technologies at
Monash University 

“What I really appreciated was the variety of formats and ways of engaging. It made things much more dynamic and thought-provoking.”

Jamer Hunt,
Vice Provost
The New School 

“The energy was terrific, and I am thrilled to have met so many fantastic people and hear awesome presentations. I had fun and learned a great deal.”

Alisse Waterston,
ex-President of AAA and
Professor of Anthropology at CUNY