Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin is the Director of the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. He is an honorary Professor at the University of Leipzig and a part-time Professor at Leiden University. He holds the International Chair in Paleoanthropology at the College de France, Paris. Past positions include: researcher at the CNRS (1981-2000), Professor at the University of Bordeaux (1999-2004), Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley (1992), Harvard University (1997) and Stanford University (1999 and 2011) and Deputy Director for Anthropology, Prehistory and Paleo-environmental Sciences at the CNRS (2000-2003).

He has been a pioneer in the field of virtual paleoanthropology. The origins of Neandertals and Homo sapiens, and most notably, the interactions between the two groups have occupied a central place in his career. Professor Hublin has produced over 270 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes. He is the sole or co-author or co-editor of 15 theses, books and edited volumes. In 2014, Prof. Hublin was named as a Thomson Reuters 'Highly Cited Researcher', ranking among the top 1% of researchers in his field. In 1990, he received the prize F. Millepierre of the « Académie Française » and in 2013, the prize Rudolf-Virchow of the Prinz Maximilian zu Wied Stiftung. In 2017, he was awarded the royal Wissam al-Kafaa al-Fikria by His Majesty Mohamed VI. He is a founding member and President of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution.