IfA Conference 2014; call for sessions

We are delighted to announce our Annual conference and training event for 2014. The conference will take place in Glasgow from Wednesday 9 April through to Friday 11 April 2014. We will be based at the Marriott Hotel within Glasgow city centre, close to local amenities and transport links.

Our conference theme for 2014 is Research in practice and, as always, we aim to provide a wealth of new research and an insight into current archaeological and heritage practice.

What do you want to talk about?

We are now looking for sessions for the conference which consider the 2014 theme — Research in practice. Sessions should be half day in length and can comprise traditional papers, discussion seminars or training workshops.

You will find our session theme summary below. Not all sessions have to fit into the theme, so if you do have some creative and engaging ideas for sessions which fall outside of the main focus, please send them in.

The deadline for proposals is 31 July 2013. Please email your session or workshop proposal form to Amanda Forster (amanda.forster [at] archaeologists.net). You can find the forms you need to complete at our conference webpages at www.archaeologists.net/conference2014/callforsessions

Conference theme: Research in practice

Research is at the core of all investigation: excavations as part of the planning process, historic building recording for private houses, community projects engaging a diverse audience or a million pound initiatives funded by research councils. Whoever is footing the bill, each time an archaeologist begins a new project the research design should outline how that investigation aims to answer specific questions, produce new knowledge or challenge old ideas. The pursuit of knowledge is central to our work – isn’t it?

Our 2014 conference aims to examine the concept of research across current archaeological practice, as well as highlighting how archaeologists contribute new knowledge to a wider understanding of the human past. The conference hopes to question how research practice has developed and to face the challenges often posed to heritage professionals regarding value, quality, dissemination and accessibility. Why should all archaeological projects ensure the knowledge they create is accessible? How can academic research influence policy and practice? What can employers do to engage all their staff in best practice and guarantee the highest quality research? Why should developers and clients pay for archaeological research? What is the role of communities in setting our research agenda? Finally, we hope our 2014 conference in Glasgow will give us all a chance to sit back and relax, while we enjoy new discoveries, experience new techniques and explore archaeological research at its very best.

Session sponsorship and exhibiting

Our Principal sponsors this year are Historic Scotland, with Towergate Insurance. There are plenty more opportunities to support the conference, and get your message out to our delegates!

Conference attendance for all delegates will be subject to a delegate fee, and sponsorship is sought from external organisations to assist with various aspects of the conference. Your sponsorship adds value to the experience of our delegates via our display areas, conference programme, social and networking events, and in supporting our fund for conference bursaries aimed at students and practitioners who are currently unemployed. In return you gain direct access to our delegates via logo placement in our conference material and at the venue, via our display areas and networking events, and via advertising within our programme.

We have various sponsorship opportunities on offer, which you can tailor to your needs and desired impact. These extend from placing an advert in our conference programme, through to sponsoring our wine reception or being a named sponsor of the event. You can find an outline of all our opportunities below, along with the details.

To find out more, go to the conference sponsorship and exhibitor webpage at www.archaeologists.net/conference/2014sponsor, or contact Kirsten Collins at conference [at] archaeologists.net, or give us a ring on 0118 378 6446.

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