The theme of the conference is The future of your profession, but not all sessions have to fit that particular bill... if you have a great idea for any of the session types which does not quite cover our futures theme, send it in and it will be considered alongside other proposals.
To propose a session, please complete our session proposal form. The deadlines for returning the proposal form are listed below. please read all the information below before sending in your proposal form.
Discussion sessions include both traditional and seminar based formats. Traditional format sessions include a number of papers with time for questions and answers from the audience. Sessions are usually timetabled to fill one half-day slot, although day sessions (eg lasting the full day) or linked sessions (eg linked to a Training workshop) will be considered. The timetable will take the usual format, with morning sessions beginning at 9.30 and running to 13.00 (including a 30-minute break at 11.00) and afternoon sessions running from 14.00 and closing at 17.30 (including a 30-minute break at 15.30).
Seminars may include a debate, discussion or working group meeting where a specific topic is on the agenda. Seminars may include short papers by way of introduction and background information, but should allow for open discussion or panel-style question session which encourages the audience to participate in the session. Sessions are usually timetabled to fill one half-day slot, linked sessions (linked to a Research or Training workshop) will be considered. The timetable will take the usual format, with morning sessions beginning at 9.30 and running to 13.00 (including a 30-minute break at 11.00) and afternoon sessions running from 14.00 and closing at 17.30 (including a 30 minute break at 15.30).
Proposal outlines for Seminar sessions should indicate the expected format of the session, eg providing the proposed balance between speakers/ discussion/ debate and highlighting the specific topics for discussion.
Where similar proposals are submitted from different parties, proposers may be asked to consider teaming up with others for a joint session.
Training workshops are CPD sessions with limited spaces (usually up to 30) which delegates need to pre-book to allow organisers to plan for numbers. All training workshops should include a clear outline of training outcomes tied to National Occupation Standards for archaeology. Organisers of these sessions should indicate specific learning outcomes, topics and skills that will be covered in workshops and identify named training providers within the conference abstract and outline.
Delegates who complete training sessions will receive an IfA certificate of attendance.
The timetable will take the usual format, with morning sessions beginning at 9.30 and running to 13.00 (including a 30-minute break at 11.00) and afternoon sessions running from 14.00 and closing at 17.30 (including a 30-minute break at 15.30).
For details of NOS see http://www.isgap.org.uk/nos.
Fringe events are any type of session which run outside the normal academic programme of the conference. Specifically, these can include IfA Group AGMs, exhibitions, short debate sessions, or session designed to raise awareness to new projects, ideas or opportunities for delegates.
They can be anything, though are limited to what we can provide in terms of venue space and timing. Sessions such as exhibitions will run throughout the conference, or may be linked to specific sessions. Events could take place in the main catering and exhibition halls during break times attracting the attention of all delegates - but they could also take place elsewhere, perhaps linked to a museum, gallery or historic site!
If you are interested is running an excursion for delegates at the conference, please get in touch with the route or site, providing a rough idea of how long the excursion may take, any expected costs and the level of difficulty in terms of access and walking.
Excursions should be able to fit within a half day session, departing the conference venue at 9.30 to return at 13.00, or departing at 13:45 to return at 17.30.
You do not need to complete the session proposal form for excursions, we are just keen to hear your ideas at this stage!