With regret we have to inform you that we have to postpone the WMC 2021 once again, planned for 13th to 17th of September 2021, due to the still ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. We have taken this difficult and complex decision after consultation with the Scientific Committee, the Organization Team and the Eurac Research headquarter. We apologize for the inconvenience to all participants, but the current worldwide situation has made this decision unavoidable.
Nevertheless, we are happy to announce that we have already fixed the new dates for the WMC in 2022, which will now take place from 5th to 9th of September, 2022.
We sincerely hope that all colleagues who have planned to participate at the WMC this year and who have already started to plan or organize their trips will be able to change or cancel their travel arrangements and join us next year. With regard to the abstract submission and registration we have made the following agreements:
Abstract submission: We have closed the submission process for 2021. We will inform you as soon as we reopen the abstract submission. For those who have already submitted an abstract, we kindly ask you to send it again when we reopen the abstract submission.
Registration: Participants who have already registered will be fully reimbursed. We will close the registration and re-open it at the end of this year, as we have to re-organize all social events, including the social dinner and the hike to the Iceman finding site.
Conference website: We will keep the conference website open and update it with the new dates and all relevant information, including new deadlines and events.
In the meanwhile, we wish you, your families, friends, loved ones, and colleagues good health throughout these challenging times and we thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support. We hope to see you all in Bolzano in 2022.
Guidelines, Ethics, and Standards in Mummy Science
Mummy research requires common bioethical guidelines and standardized analytical procedures to protect and to preserve these important cultural heritages for future generations.
Conservation and Restoration of Mummies in Museums
The display and storage of mummies in a museum context needs to be accompanied by appropriate restoration and conservation techniques.
Physical Anthropology, Paleopathology, and Paleoradiology
Non-invasive techniques including CT imaging, 3D visualization and endoscopic analysis in mummies offer the unique opportunity to reconstruct the biological profiles and shed light on health conditions, disease, and customs of past populations.
The study of animal mummies provides important insights into domestication processes, zoonotic diseases, and cultural practices.
Mummies and their associated archaeological elements highly contribute to the understanding of mortuary rituals in the past.
Methods of Mummification
Mummification and the intention to preserve the dead´s features are a worldwide phenomenon with varying cultural/spiritual backgrounds and mummification processes.
The microscopic and molecular study of parasites in mummified human remains helps in understanding the history of parasites and their population diversity over time.
Biochemical (isotopic analysis) and paleogenetic studies of mummies and skeletal human remains provide precious insights into the history and lifestyle of past human populations.
The study of genetic risk factors and the reconstruction of ancient human microbiomes (incl. pathogens) in mummified human remains offers insights into health and disease of ancient societies.
Miscellaneous mummy research not addressed by the topics above.