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.

Draft programme

There is a huge range of sessions and CPD workshops being held at our 2018 conference. More information about these can be downloaded below.

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 so we now offer an early opportunity for you to let us know if you are interested in sponsorship, exhibition or advertising opportunities ranging from adding leaflets to bags and advertisements in the conference programme, to exhibiting in our main hall, sponsoring sessions and fringe events.

Please contact conference [at] for more information.


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!

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 - Details of the Hal Dalwood Memorial Conference Bursary will be available shortly.

  • 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 can be found here

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

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 plus a faculty mentor) from University Archaeology Departments 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 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.

Teams must register by 16 February 2018

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