Annual conference and training event

Our conference is the premier professional archaeological conference in the UK, attracting over hundreds of participants over three days. Combining keynote addresses, wide-ranging sessions, training workshops and exhibitions, the CIfA conference and training event provides an annual forum for discussing current professional issues, showcasing new developments and presenting research in archaeology and the wider heritage sector. The conference usually takes place in April and moves around the UK on an annual basis.

CIfA2020 Promoting our profession

Sponsored by Towergate Insurance.

22-24 April 2020, Apex City of Bath Hotel, Bath

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At CIfA2020 we will be looking to the future and asking what more can we do to promote the profession and our professionalism. Over the last decade we have defined new entry routes into archaeology and set out the career structures and competence requirements for professional archaeologists, but how can we maximise these to attract new, and diverse, talent and promote the value and quality of the work we do? Where can we further develop and reinforce the standards and good practice championed by the Institute to ensure we consistently understand and meet our professional obligation to deliver public benefit? And how, as a profession, can we better equip ourselves with the ethical and professional knowledge, skills and behaviours required in a changing, and challenging, environment? None of these are new concepts, but ones that we must all engage with.


Registration will open in the coming weeks.
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 when booking your delegate ticket. All details about our social programmes will be listed online shortly. You will need to book your own accommodation; details can be found below.
Delegate booking fees
Don't forget your 10% discount code if you are a CIfA member and work for a CIfA Registered Organisation!

Bath is a popular destination and prices can increase dramatically as the city gets busy in the springtime. We encourage all conference attendees to book their accommodation well in advance.
We have been provided a custom accommodation booking portal by Visit Bath. This includes a wide range of hotel options, but is by no means exclusive. Bath is also home to a Travelodge, Premier Inn, as well as other budget and independent hotels, some of which may not come up on or other sites.

Call for papers

We are now calling for papers from individuals, groups or organisations for the sessions set out in our draft programme. We want these to showcase great archaeology, to stimulate debate, and to look to change how work and how we promote our profession to others. 

In the interest of promoting a more varied set of speakers, this year we will ask speakers to present papers at a maximum of two sessions. If you are offered the opportunity to speak at three or more sessions, you will need to select two. We hope this will give more opportunities to present for early careers archaeologists and those who may not have been selected to present in previous years.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 13 December 2019.

Keep up to date with the latest conference news via our eBulletin and on Twitter #CIfA2020.

Sponsor, exhibit, advertise

We have a variety of sponsorship, exhibition and promotion opportunities at the conference. Please find our conference brochure, including a listing of all available opportunities. Completed booking forms and all questions or concerns can be sent to conference [at]

Harassment-free conference

CIfA2020 is committed to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Please see our policy statements as well as BAJR's respect guide. To report harassment on-site, please contact Alex Llewellyn or Elizabeth Durst at the registration desk or via email at admin [at]

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.