Research and Impact Group
IfA Council have approved the formation of a Special Interest Group for Research and Impact, and the inaugural AGM was held on 10 December 2012.
The group is concerned with the nature of archaeological research and its dissemination, and in the impact that archaeological research has in wider social and economic spheres. The group aims to contribute to the promotion of archaeology beyond professional spheres, and would encourage collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists.
Functions and remit of the group
Promotion of archaeological research to a wider professional/ non professional audience
Dissemination of key concepts relating to impact of archaeological research and the historic environment
Identification of key archaeological research and methodologies which demonstrate and facilitate impact
Development of engagement strategy for academic/ professional archaeologists
Creation of collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists
Provision of a news and information regarding research funding and project opportunities
A contact point for researchers in archaeology wishing to learn more about IfA
Join the Group
Membership is free to IfA members (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact the IfA office at
Tel: 0118 378 6446
Natasha Powers (Chair)
David Petts (Secretary)
James Morris (Treasurer)
Caroline Sturdy Colls
Collaborating for better research day conference
Wednesday 24 September 10.00 to 4.30 at University of Leicester
This day conference aims to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and to discuss how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects. There will be two themed sessions, each with presentations from invited speakers, followed by a practical discussion session drawing out issues identified in the preceding papers and suggesting ways forward. The intention is to open up debate and to involve as many commercial archaeologists, consultants, students and academics in this discussion as possible. The discussion sessions will also provide an opportunity to meet and individuals in the different archaeological sectors and hopefully to foster new partnerships for collaboration.
For abstracts from the speakers please click here
For the agenda and further details please click here
To book please go to https://ifa-rig-collaborating-for-better-research.eventbrite.co.uk
Previous Group Activities
The Research and Impact Group AGM took place on Thursday 6 February 2014 at 3pm at MoLA (Museum of London Archaeology).
Nominations have now closed but the committee can co-opt a member at any committee meeting throughout the year.
Please see below for the AGM minutes.
Impact survey - Closed
Following on from feedback given during ‘Impact Week’ and at the IfA conference, the Research and Impact Special Interest Group re-issued a short and slightly revised survey on impact.
We had just over 50 responses last time and this time we are specifically targeting a number of groups and organisations to try and gather answers from the widest possible audience.
We will be keeping the results of this revised survey separate to the first and feedback from the results will follow shortly.