Annual Conference

CIfA2024 Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE - Chester - 24 & 25 April 2024

We are excited to announce dates for our CIfA annual conference. CIfA2024 will be held in Chester, 24 & 25 April 2024.  There will be two full days of engaging content incorporating keynote addresses, wide-ranging sessions and training workshops in a live in-person environment.  If you are not available to attend in-person, do not worry you will have the option to watch the recorded content in your own time.

What to expect? 

Archaeology is about legacy, the decisions we make and the actions we take now impact whether and how future generations access, interact with and benefit from their historic environment. They determine who the archaeologists of the future will be and they influence how archaeology is perceived and valued by policy makers and by society.  In the face of significant environmental, social and economic challenges, they may even determine whether there is a future for our discipline and our profession.

Our conference is the premier professional archaeological conference in the UK, attracting hundreds of participants across the historic environment sector.

Please keep an eye out here as registrations will be opening soon. 

Call for sessions open

The call for sessions for CIfA2024 is now open. Please complete our application form to submit your session proposal. The deadline is 5pm on Friday, 20 October 2023.

We are open to all types of sessions and encourage a variety, we will do our best to create a varied programme offering. For example, you may wish to submit a 1 hour session as a single speaker on one of your own papers or as a session organiser with a view to creating a 3 hour session with a number of contributors/papers/speakers. Not all sessions have to be linked directly to the theme – please do consider proposing a session if you have an idea but it doesn’t sit entirely within the theme.

Please see our conference FAQs for further information; this page will be updated as the conference approaches. If you have any additional questions or would like any more information on CIfA2024, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on: Keep up to date with the latest conference news via our eBulletin and on social media: #CIfA2024.

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.


CIfA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, nationality, education, experience, career or speciality. By registering to attend CIfA you confirm you have read our CIfA online conference harassment page and understand that any form of harassment, discrimination and bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


CIfA aims to be as accessible and inclusive as possible and further information on online conference accessibility can be found here. If you have any requests or suggestions for how we can make the conference more accessible for you, please do get in touch at