Sofija Stefanovic

Affiliation: University of Belgrade, University of Novi Sad

Keywords: bioarhaeology of the Balkans, prehistoric archaeology, physical anthropology, human osteology, ferility, paleodemography, skeletal growth, sociobiological consequence of aging in prehistory

ORCID: 0000-0001-7434-8788

Website: https://www.ercbirth.com

Full profile:

Prof. dr. Sofija Stefanović is a Full Professor of Physical Anthropology, University of Belgrade and leader of Bioarchaeology research group at the Biosense institute, University of Novi Sad. Her research in the field of prehistoric bioarchaeology is devoted to investigating the ancient biosystems in order to obtain understanding of the phenomena relevant for the modern populations-e.g. the study of fertility.

She is the first scientist from Serbia who is supported by the European Research Council for the BIRTH project. Project investigates prehistoric fertility and why and how humans survived despite difficulties accompanying birthing process.

Sofija actively participate in different bodes for improvement of conditions of archaeological heritage in Serbia (President of the Board of the Central Institute for Conservation, Belgrade), for creating better conditions for scientists in the region (Member of the Expert group for perspectives of junior scientists, founded by the German National Academy of Sciences), improvement of collaboration between science and industry (Member of the Council for Science-Industry Collaboration established by Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

She has (co-)authored 50 articles, three monographs and ten book chapters. Her publication track record includes numerous articles published in the top 10 Journals in Anthropology and Archaeology and book chapters published  in leading publishers, such as Oxbow or Wiley-Liss. Sofija had 50 presentations at the international scientific conferences and organized three sessions at the meetings of the European Archaeological Association and one at the World Archaeological Congress.

At the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, she was honored to supervised many talented scholars in their diploma (30 BA students), master (13 MA students), and PhD thesis (9 PhD students) in a field of physical anthropology and bioarchaeology.