07 January 2016
Year's end 2015
In addition to its Breakthrough of the Year (Science 18 December 2015), Science named nine runners-up as significant scientific achievements of 2015. One of these runners-up was "Kennewick Man's kin", our letter in Nature on 23 July about the ancestry and affiliations of Kennewick Man.
Another fine place was in Discover Magazine. Although not represented in the Top Ten stories of 2015 we were pleasantly surprised with being no. 21 in The Rest of the Best. Again it was the research into Kennewick Man's ancestry which made the day ("Analysis Establishes Kennewick Man's Ancestry", Discover magazine, January/February 2016).
Shanghai Archaeology Forum 2015
A personal honour was awarded Centre Director, Lundbeckfoundation Professor Eske Willerslev in Shanghai, China, during the second Shanghai Archaeology Forum which was held in Shanghai University from the 14th through 17th of December 2015.
Founded in 2013, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting the investigation, protection and utilization of the world’s archaeological resources and heritage. It serves as an international platform to illuminate archaeological research and promote its significance and relevance to the world today. The forum is fully committed to excellence through innovation and cooperation, and to the sustainable development of human society.
Out of 93 nominations, a total of 21 projects were selected by the 2015 SAF Awards Program, 10 for Field Discovery Awards, and 11 for Research Award. Professor Eske Willerslev received one of the Research Awards.