Jean-Jacques Hublin started his career at the French Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), before being hired as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bordeaux. Since 2004, he has been a professor and director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany), where he founded the Department of Human Evolution. He has been a pioneer in the development of virtual paleoanthropology. His main research interests address the processes associated with the emergence of Neandertals and modern humans. He is the main proponent of the ‘accretion model’ for Neandertal origins. He also spearheaded the studies related to interactions between Neandertals and modern humans in Europe. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Europe and North Africa. Professor Hublin is the president of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE), founded in 2011.