CIfA2018 Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation

Annual training event and conference

25 to 27 April 2018, Brighton Racecourse

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The theme for our 2018 Conference is Pulling together: collaboration, synthesis, innovation. The event will provide an opportunity for heritage professionals to discuss, consider and learn about ways in which the archaeological profession can work together - and with others - to develop innovative and exciting projects that have wide reaching benefit and become ‘greater than the sum of their parts’.


Please see our finalised timetable to plan your conference - please note one room change as of 21 February.

Provisional programme

There is a huge range of sessions and CPD workshops being held at our 2018 conference. The provisional programme includes information about all the sessions and workshop, plus further details on each of the papers being presented.

Sponsorship, exhibition and advertising opportunities

The Conference also offers opportunities for businesses and organisations to promote their work to the archaeological sector. In recent years our exhibition hall has proven to be a great success and there has been a high demand for space.

Opportunities include

  • Sponsoring a session, workshop, excursion or social event
  • Exhibition stands in our main conference hall
  • Advertise in the conference programme or pack

Please complete the booking form sponsorship, exhibition or advertising opportunities and return it to conference [at] If you would like to discuss this in more details please call us on 0118 9662841.


Bookings for early bird tickets are now OPEN! Please go to our Eventbrite page to book.
Please note the delegate ticket price includes attendance at the conference, refreshments and lunch, plus the wine reception. You will need to book social evening tickets separately through Eventbrite when booking your delegate ticket. You will need to book your own accommodation.

Don't forget your 10% discount code if you are a CIfA member and work for a CIfA Registered Organisation!

Workshops To book for the Write here! Write now! workshop on Thursday please go to the booking page. Please make sure you book your place at the main conference before booking the workshop.

Excursions There are three excursions taking place during the conference on Thursday 26 April. More information about these can be found on the CIfA2018 Excursions page. Delegates are advised to reserve places in advance by emailing conference [at]

Conference Bursaries In 2018 there will be two opportunities to apply for bursaries to help with the cost of attending Conference.

  • Hal Dalwood Memorial Conference Bursary - the Hal Dalwood Memorial Fund has been set up to provide an annual bursary to enable an early career archaeologist of any age to attend the CIfA conference. Contributions to the fund have also been made by several CIfA members and other archaeologists. The bursary will aim to cover conference attendance, travel and accommodation. It is open to those in the first ten years of their career in archaeology. Please complete the Hal Dalwood Conference Bursary form and send it to conference [at] Katie Roper, who was awarded the Hal Dalwood Bursary for 2017, shares her experience of the award in her My CPD diary.

  • CIfA’s conference bursary scheme - offers assistance of up to £100 to help with fees or travel bursaries for members who are students, unemployed or on a low income. Please complete the Bursary request form and send it to conference [at] to be considered.

Evening events Don't forget to book your social evening events, we have a conference dinner on Wednesday (£30) and a buffet with DJ on Thursday (£15). You can also come along just for the disco. The wine reception is free to all and does not require booking. More details, including menus can be found here

Accommodation We are able to offer special delegate rates through VisitBrighton. Please click here to book.

Venue Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ. For accessibility information click here - please note the Winning Post room has 5 steps down to it.

Ethics Tournament

CIfA and the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) are sponsoring the first ever Tournament on Ethics for archaeologists in the UK at the conference on Friday 27 April.

We are inviting teams of 3-5 participants from University Archaeology Departments, Registered Organisations, and CIfA Special Interest Groups to enrol for the tournament. Ethical questions to debate will be pre-circulated prior to the event for the teams to prepare. Teams will make a structured series of statements and rebuttals, respond to a question from the judges and make a final statement of five minutes. The judges will include one representative of each CIfA, RPA, and Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME).

A trophy and £500 cash prize will be presented to the winning team, along with certificates for all winners and runners-up.

If you would like to enrol for the Tournament please complete the application form below and email conference [at] More information about the Tournament is also available below.

The Tournament is organised by Kenneth Aitchison (Landward Research) and Gerry Wait (Triskelion). Christopher Dore (Heritage Business International) will chair the event.

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