The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) will hold its 86th annual meeting April 19-22, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. These meetings, which will be attended by an estimated 2400 people, provide an exceptional forum for sharing current research and networking with colleagues. The sheer diversity of the presentations makes the AAPA annual meeting of interest to a wide audience. Our meetings are regularly covered by major news outlets such as Science and Nature.

The AAPA annual meetings are held in conjunction with those of the Human Biology Association (HBA) and Paleopathology Association (PPA), which hold their annual conferences on April 19-20 and April 17-19, respectively. Further, the AAPA meetings provide the opportunity for other allied associations such as the Primate Interest Group, American Association of Anthropological Genetics, and Dental Anthropology Association to hold their annual events.

New Orleans provides a wonderful venue for the meetings, as it is fun, dynamic, exciting, city, world-renowned as the birthplace of Jazz, and home to many of the world’s finest restaurants. New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium, and insectarium, wonderful parks, the National World War II Museum, as well as a host of Art Museums, Art Galleries, and one-of-a-kind attractions like Mardi Gras World. If you can’t find something fun to do in New Orleans, you must be dead!

The meeting hotel for the 2017 AAPA annual meetings is the New Orleans Marriott. This hotel is located on the edge of the famous French Quarter (New Orleans' oldest neighborhood) right on the fabled Canal Street, and footsteps away from Jackson Square and Bourbon Street.

The meeting hotel for the 2017 HBA and PPA annual conferences is The Westin New Orleans Canal Place at 100 Rue Iberville. This hotel is adjacent to the historic French Quarter and perfectly situated along the Mississippi River.

The meetings are being hosted by Tulane University and Louisiana State University.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


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Historic St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans' French Quarter