On October 15th and 16th 2020, the first Management Committee meeting of the COST Action Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From Past to Present – iNEAL (no. 19141) was held. These dates also marked an official start of the project, which will be implemented during 4 years. The main proposer and chair of the Action is Prof. Ivor Janković, PhD, from the Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb, Croatia. Current number of countries involved is 25. One of the main principles of COST Actions is openness, so it is envisaged that more countries will be involved during the course of the Action. This is sixth COST Action that is granted and lead by a Croatian researcher.

During the four years, numerous work meetings will be organized, as well as Working Group meetings, training schools and short-term scientific missions which will especially address young researchers. Besides the establishment of the database about Neandertals from three aspects (fossil, cultural and molecular), special attention will be given to dissemination and presentation of Neandertal legacy in public.