Dear colleagues and friends,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) that will be held in Zagreb from 28th August to 1st September 2018. Since 1892 when the term ‘paleopathology’ was coined it evolved from a simple macroscopic approach based on recording and describing pathological changes on ancient bones and teeth to a multi- and inter-disciplinary study involving various state-of-the-art methods from different scientific fields.

We, as paleopathologists try to define and describe processes concerning the emergence and transmission of various diseases and other pathological changes as well as the occurrence of violence in past populations. Today, this is an important topic especially in the light of the recent global refugee crisis and the rise of the anti-vaccine movement resulting in emergence of the diseases that were thought to be eradicated a long time ago.

Therefore, the Zagreb meeting will provide participants from all parts of the world a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on various topics, discuss diverse perspectives and to learn about novel methods in paleopathological research.

On behalf of the Organizing & Scientific Committee we wish you a very warm welcome to Zagreb in 2018!