Annual conference and training event

Our conference is the premier professional archaeological conference in the UK, attracting over hundreds of participants over three days. Combining keynote addresses, wide-ranging sessions, training workshops and exhibitions, the CIfA conference and training event provides an annual forum for discussing current professional issues, showcasing new developments and presenting research in archaeology and the wider heritage sector.

The conference usually takes place in April and moves around the UK on an annual basis. You can find links below for information about our forthcoming conference, and also to details of past meetings.

CIfA2020 Promoting our profession

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22-24 April 2020, Apex City of Bath Hotel, Bath

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At CIfA2020 we will be looking to the future and asking what more can we do to promote the profession and our professionalism. Over the last decade we have defined new entry routes into archaeology and set out the career structures and competence requirements for professional archaeologists, but how can we maximise these to attract new, and diverse, talent and promote the value and quality of the work we do? Where can we further develop and reinforce the standards and good practice championed by the Institute to ensure we consistently understand and meet our professional obligation to deliver public benefit? And how, as a profession, can we better equip ourselves with the ethical and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours required in a changing, and challenging, environment? None of these are new concepts, but ones that we must all engage with.

Call for sessions
We are calling for proposals for discussion sessions, seminars and CPD workshops which aim to challenge the current climate we operate in. We want these to showcase great archaeology, to stimulate debate, and to look to change how work and how we promote our profession to others.
If you would like to propose a session or CPD workshop please download and complete the session proposal form and email it to conference [at] archaeologists.net.
The deadline for session proposals is Friday 9 August 2019.

Keep up to date with the latest conference news via our eBulletin and on Twitter #CIfA2020.

Past conferences

Our annual conference has been held since CIfA formed in 1982. A list of recent conferences is shown below with links to the conference programme or (for more recent events) the conference webpages.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Power Steele Building, Wessex Hall
Whiteknights Road, Earley,
Reading RG6 6DE

0118 966 2841
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