The research and education department initiates, alone or in collaboration, various events which enable the presentation of the current state of research and the dissemination of knowledge to a more or less specialised audience.
- Each year, international conferences take place on subjects linked to the fields of research of the department; anthropology and the history of non-Western art.
- Study days are also proposed on more restricted themes.
- Cycles of conferences are organised jointly with several universities or presented by guest researchers in residence at the musée du quai Branly.
- Some educational seminar sessions held at the museum are also open to the public.
- Debate-encounters entitled "The contemporary classics of anthropology" are organised.
- Learned societies also organise conferences and film screenings.
- Programmes and recordings for past events.