Public presentations


Besides numerous media appearances, PI gave 6 public lectures about the BIRTH project. The lectures were organized in Serbia and Austria with the aim to promote the BIRTH project, but also to educate people in the prehistoric fertility and to improve visibility of ERC funding mechanisms. The lecture at the TEDxNoviSad conference was one of the most visited with approximately 350 people in attendance.


List of public lectures


DateName of the LectureVenueCity
12.12.2019.“The Beginning of History – The Balkans as a Pre-Historic Bridge Between Asia Minor and Europe”Austrian EmbassyBelgrade, Serbia
29. 10. 2018, Presentation: "Survival of the Human Species - Anthropological View"DLD Salon Belgrade, National Museum Belgrade, Serbia
18.10.2018.Science Through Stories project, public talk "The Masters of Time"Student Cultural Center (SKC) Belgrade (Serbia)
11.10.2018.Lecture: "Mothers and babies in Prehistory"Otvoreni dani nauke program, Radosav Ljumovic National Library Podgorica (Montenegro)
02-07.09.2018.A string of marine shell beads from the Neolithic site of Vršnik (Ovče polje, Republic of Macedonia)13th ICAZ (International Council for Archaeozoology) ConferenceAnkara, Turkey
30.5.2018.Childhood in prehistory: Diet of prehistoric childrenZadužbina Ilije M. KolarcaBelgrade
23.5.2018. Childhood in prehistory: Use of milk in the diet of prehistoric peopleZadužbina Ilije M. KolarcaBelgrade
21.5.2018. The Evolution of Man and Labour: why is labour so hard and risky?Srpsko evoluciono društvoBelgrade
16.5.2018.Childhood in Prehistory: How many people lived in prehistoryZadužbina Ilije M. KolarcaBelgrade (Serbia)
9.5.2018.Childhood in Prehistory: Archaeology of MaternityZadužbina Ilije M. KolarcaBelgrade (Serbia)
17.3.2017.Prehistoric motherhoodInstitute BioSenseNovi Sad
2.3.2017 – 2.4.2017.New Age: lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan NeolithicInstitute BioSenseNovi Sad
29.10.2016.Unexpected invention that increased the number of people on the planetTEDxNoviSad ConferenceNovi Sad (Serbia)
21.10.2015.Decoding mythsCentre for promotion of scienceBelgrade (Serbia)
14.10.2015.Births, Mothers and Babies. Prehistoric Fertility in the Balkans between 10000-5000 BCInstitute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA)Vienna (Austria)
25.9.2015.On BIRTH project + interactive workshop"Researchers' night" at the French instituteBelgrade (Serbia)
23.4.2015.Prehistoric Babies and Contemporary Sciencethe Laboratory for Experimental PsychologyBelgrade (Serbia)
25.2.2015.From Petnica to BrusselsPetnica Science CenterValjevo (Serbia)

Furthermore, the BIRTH project organized and hosted 2 lectures by researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences on the 21st of March 2016 at the University of Belgrade:

  1. Prof. Dr. Barbara Horejs (OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences): A model for maritime colonization in early 7th mill. BC Aegean
  2. Dr. Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (OREA, Austrian Academy of Sciences): The social value of mothers in later prehistoric societies: researching responses to pregnancy, birth and early child rearing in the Bronze and Iron Ages


Workshops for primary school children


BIRTH project organized 2 workshops for primary school children in order to promote our work among the youngest and also to work on the development of scientific literacy in children.

On February 18th-19th, 2016 BIRTH held a two-day workshop titled An Ancient Skeleton for Primary School Students, for 60 pupils from 1st to 4th grade where the children got acquainted with the basics of osteology and birthing process from skeletal perspective and had the opportunity to put together a human skeleton by themselves.

On September 30th 2016 BIRTH organized workshop Life of Neolithic figurines at the archaeological site of Vinča-Belo Brdo. The aim was to familiarize school children (2nd to 4th grade) with figural art of the Late Stone Age and to explain how and why BIRTH project analyses figurines. In the first part of workshop, the role and meaning of Neolithic clay figurines was explained, as well as the research methods that archaeologists use to gain knowledge about the past. In the second part, children have enjoyed making figurines out of the dough and baking them in a replica of the Neolithic oven.

ERC researcher Jelena Jovanović with kids Children making figurines from dough at site Vinča