Research and Impact Group

AGM 2021

Please join us for our annual general meeting on the 22 June at 11 am BST. Register for the meeting link here:
We also have nominations open for chair, treasurer and four committee members. If you are interested in being a part of the group committee send Meg a message: Megan.Keates [at] Please send all nominations in by Friday 18 June at midday.
2021 meeting agenda (DOC)
Draft minutes of 2020 annual general meeting (DOC)
Nomination form (DOC)


Research and Impact Special Interest Group was formed in December 2012 and is focused on the nature of archaeological research and its dissemination, and in the impact that archaeological research has in wider social and economic spheres. The group contributes to the promotion of archaeology beyond professional spheres, and encourages collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists.

The areas the group covers are:

  • 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 CIfA

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members, just email to join. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.

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Andy Howard(Chair)
Colin Forrestal (Secretary)
James Albone(Treasurer)
Daniel Miles
Michael Tierney
Evelyne Godfrey
Dana Goodburn-Brown
Jane Evans
David Petts

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • The 2020 AGM took place morning of 10 June Online. Andrea Burgess stood down from the committee and Evelyne Godfrey joined the committee and Jane Evans, Dana Goodburn-Brown and David Petts were co-opted on as ordinary committee members, James Alborne took the role of Treasurer for the group.

  • The 2017 Annual General meeting took place on Friday 21 April at the CIfA 2017 Conference in Newcastle during the break at the group's session 'Maximising the research potential from infrastructure projects'. David Petts stood down as Chair but remains on the committee. Andy Howard was elected as Chair. Natasha Powers stood down from the committee.

  • Collaborating for better research day conference - The day aimed to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and discussed how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects.
    For abstracts and recordings of the presentations from the speakers please click here

Three-year plan

Updated version to follow.

AGM minutes

Updated AGM minutes to follow.

Committee minutes

Updated minutes to follow