Welcoming, paleoanthropological and forensic anthropological imaging

Day 1: Monday 12 October,

Sanlam Auditorium, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria


This day will start off with welcoming speeches from representation from the University of Pretoria, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Necsa (Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa) and the NRF.

The French ambassador, as well as AESOP ambassadors from South Africa to Europe, will be introduced.

20 years of human palaeoanthropological collaboration between South Africa and France will be celebrated in this event.

After tea the micro-CT facilities of Necsa and Wits will be presented, followed by a wide variety of contributions from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits.

Lunch will be followed by CPD accredited forensic anthropological contributions from Wits and UP. This session will also include a presentation on facial reconstructions by the SAPS.

During this day acquisition of data from 2D photographs, surface scanning and microscribe digitiser and microCT will be displayed.

The full detailed programme:

Venue: Sanlam Auditorium, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria






08: 00


Arrival and morning coffee


08: 30

Welcoming address by the University of Pretoria Vice-Principal

Prof Stephanie Burton

Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Studies


Prof José Braga,

University Paul Sabatier III, Toulouse

Professor in Palaeoanthropology


Prof Francis Thackeray, Phillip Tobias Chair in Palaeoanthropology

Evolutionary  Studies Institute

University of the Witwatersrand




Prof Lorna Holtman University of Western Cape





08: 45

Celebration of 20 years of human palaeoanthropology collaboration between SA and France

Prof Francis Thackeray


09: 00

Challenges of archaeology and training

Ms. Anne Grillo, DGM MAEDI, Director of Cultural, Academic and Research Cooperation at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09: 15


Mr. Daan du Toit, DST

09: 30

Perspectives regarding AESOP

Adrien Delmas (IFAS)

Prof. José Braga

09: 40

Representation of the NRF

Executive director:

Dr Romilla Maharaj

Director (Infrastructure), &

Rakeshnie Ramoutar

Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development

09: 50       

Necsa Division Executive: Research and Development

Mr. Frikkie de Beer

Necsa: Radiography/Tomography R&D, Section Leader:

10: 00


Prof Dominique Garcia

Professor of Archaeology

Président of the Institut National d’Archéologie Préventive, France



H.E. Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador

10: 30

Introducing South African AESOP ambassadors

Prof Lorna Holtman

University of Western Cape

Prof Lorna Holtman

Mrs Louise Euthimiou

Ms Anja Wiid

Ms Franci Dorfling

Mr Jabu Tshabalala

Miss Ntombi Ngoloyi

Mr Curswan Andrews

Tea and Refreshments and viewing of posters and presentations

South African AESOP ambassadors Lively story discussions and experience feedbacks

Contacts with the media

11: 15

“Reveal the hidden with the unseen”: Perspectives on the basics of tomography

Mr Frikkie de Beer

Prof Lorna Holtman

Mrs Louise Euthimiou

Prof. Bruce Rubidge

Evolutionary Studies Institute

11: 30

The unique capabilities of Wits microCT facility and more

Mr. Kudakwashe Jakata on behalf of  Kristian Carlson

Evolutionary Studies Institute

11: 45

Advance techniques in palaeoanthropology

Dr Clement  Zanolli - Postdoc at UP from Poitiers University, France


Prof. Bruce Rubidge

Evolutionary Studies Institute

12: 00

From cave to fossil: the use of 3-dimensional imaging modalities in the reconstruction of taphonomy, environment and skeletal morphology from the Rising Star site, Cradle of Humankind

Ashley Kruger

Evolutionary Studies Institute

12: 15

Use of micro-computed tomography in the investigation of pseudopathology on the skeleton of StW 431 (Australopithecus africanus) from Sterkfontein Cave, Cradle of Humankind

Edward Odes

PhD candidate

Anatomical Sciences, Wits

12: 30

Imaging the earliest evidence for neoplastic disease in the human lineage: the use of phase contrast x-ray synchrotron microtomography to investigate a primary osteogenic tumor of the spine in Australopithecus sediba

Dr. Patrick Randolph-Quinney

Anatomical Sciences, Wits


12: 45


Evolutionary changes with climate change in internal and external cranial structures of rodents

Ms. Aluwani Negovela

Prof Peter Taylor

University of Venda

13: 00

Lunch at Adler’s Building 57

14: 00

Application of micro-computed tomography to the analysis of forensic taphonomy and entomology of South African burial systems

Alexander Parkinson

PhD candidate

Evolutionary studies institute, Wits

Prof Maryna Steyn

HOD School of Anatomical Sciences, Wits


14: 15 

3D imaging as a tool for investigating past human biodiversity

Jason Hemingway

Lecturer: Anatomical Sciences, Wits

14: 30

Assessing cranial sexual dimorphism using sliding semilandmarks

Candice Small

Anatomical Sciences, Wits

14: 45

Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the analysis of sub-adult skeletal remains

Desiré Brits

Lecturer: Anatomical Sciences, Wits

15: 00

Dental crenulations: age estimation tool or developmental artefact

Erin Hutchinson

Lecturer: Anatomical Sciences, Wits

15: 15

The effect of tooth loss on accurately estimating sex from non-alveolar mandibular morphology using geometric morphometrics

Tshegofatso Ramphaleng

MSc student

Anatomical Sciences, Wits

15: 30

Changes in the body proportion of South African children age 0-6 years

Dr. Adebesin A. Abduljalil

Evolutionary Studies Institute, Wits

Department of Anatomy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

15: 45

The three-dimensional illustration of anatomical structure and injuries


Dr. Anna Oettlé

Senior lecturer: Department of Anatomy

Dr AC Oettlé

Department of Anatomy

University of Pretoria

16: 00

Facial profiles of  children in forensic analyses

Dr. Nanette Briers

Senior lecturer: Department of Anatomy

16: 15

SAPS Facial Reconstruction

Captain Teunis Briers

16: 30

The Lodox machine in the forensic environment

Dr Janette Verster

Forensic pathology

16: 45

Digitisation of skulls in South African groups

Melissa Pininski

PhD candidate

Physical anthropology

University of Pretoria


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