Why The World Needs Anthropologists positions itself at the intersection of a cutting-edge academic conference and a rocking innovation event.

You will enjoy an immersive experience with our plenary session, meet amazing people in the Design Hotspot area, improve your skills at thematic workshops and have an opportunity to share your ideas & work with the audience at the Perspectives: Powered by PechaKucha. In addition to that, the late-night socializing might change your life forever.

Whether you are interested in user experience, industrial design, applied arts, business, organizational or applied anthropology in a broader way, Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Designing the Future is a perfect event for you.

About EASA Applied Anthropology Network
The network of European Association of Social Anthropologists provides the main European platform for sharing information and experiences regarding the applications of anthropology. It focuses on a circular transfer of anthropological knowledge to private and public sectors and to profit and non-profit organizations.

“The symposium organized by EASA Applied Anthropology Network in Amsterdam confirmed that there is a great demand for more practical anthropological knowledge.”

Noel Salazar, KU Leuven, former EASA President (2014)

“The stereotypical image of anthropologists as weird people studying local customs in odd corners of the globe could not be less accurate, according to speakers at ‘Why the World Needs Anthropologists’.”

Giulia Sinatti, VU Amsterdam (2015)

“There is the need to have a broader conversation about why anthropology is still useful and has a great deal of application instead of a fossilized discipline that no one needs.”

Carla Guerrón Montero, University of Delaware (2016)

“As one of the members protested at the meeting in Milan, business does not have to be branded ‘bad’: why should it be wrong, for example, to help understand the needs of people with functional diversity and communicate their preferences to the companies who supply them with different kinds of technical aids?”

Margaret Bullen, University of the Basque Country (2017)

“The title ‘Why the World Needs Anthropologists’, asserting that our planet absolutely cannot do without anthropologists, may seem pretentious and just preaching to the choir. But it is critical to raise awareness of anthropology’s important contributions and presence in non-traditional environments.”

Meta Gorup and Dan Podjed

founders of EASA Applied Anthropology Network (2016)

Looking forward to meeting you in Lisbon!