On April 24th, at 12.00, Michael Petraglia will give a conference at the CENIEH (Burgos) about the dispersal of modern humans across Southern Asia. Michael Petraglia obtained his PhD at the University of New Mexico in 1987. In 1988, he was awarded with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, and has been associated with the Human Origins Program in the National Museum of Natural History. From his base in Washington DC, he conducted Palaeolithic research in India and North American archaeology, as part of the cultural resource management at the Parsons Corporation. From 2001 to 2009 he was Lecturer at the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Cambridge. In 2009, he obtained the position of Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture, at the University of Oxford, until 2016. At present, he is Professor of Human Evolution and Prehistory, at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, in Jena, Germany. Michael Petraglia’s archaeological research is interdisciplinary, focused in the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian peninsula. His research was centered on a range of subjects concerning human evolution, including the evolution of cognition, the evolution of behaviour, and the relations between climate change and human dispersals. He is currently directing the Jubbah Palaeolake drilling program, in collaboration with the Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage, in order to understand the environmental variability and its role in shaping human and mammal communities over the last one million years.