Partnerships with other organisations

CIfA recognises the benefits of fostering close collaborations with other organisations, allowing us to promote our shared interests.

We have established Memoranda of Understandings with the following organisations:

Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte e.V (DGUF)

In June 2018, CIfA's Board of Directors and the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte e.V (DGUF) formally signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) designed to permanently regulate the cooperation between the two associations.

The MoU recognises that both organisations have a commitment to the promotion of archaeology, care for our cultural heritage and good practice in archaeology for the benefit of archaeological research, heritage and practice, the social valuing of archaeology and our societies. It formalises a partnership between DGUF and CIfA (Deutschland) and will ensure that they will:

  • Seek to strengthen its relationship with the other
  • Consider working in partnership where corporate objectives and priorities coincide
  • Take care not to compete with the other
  • Encourage German archaeologists to engage with CIfA (Deutschland) and DGUF
  • Seek to cooperate with the other on advocacy where policy or interests are common to both
  • Seek to promote the other’s events, including through sharing of member discounts for conferences, and other services for members, where appropriate
  • Recognise the distinct yet complementary roles of DGUF as an NGO and a learned society and CIfA as an NGO and professional association.

At the current time, the following areas have been identified for cooperation:

  • Promotion of shared statements on the value of archaeology in Germany
  • Promoting and strengthening CIfA as a professional association in Germany via CIfA Deutschland
  • Promoting and strengthening DGUF as an NGO and learned society in Germany
  • DGUF publishing and disseminating relevant information on CIfA Deutschland via the DGUF-Newsletter, at least until CIfA Deutschland has adequate publications of its own. The selection of * Topics and the final editing of texts, whether provided by CIfA Deutschland or others, rests with the Newsletter editor
  • Promotion of membership of CIfA and DGUF
  • Promotion of each other’s events
  • Where suitable, offering opportunities at conferences for the partner organisation to host smaller events and meetings
  • Providing copy on recent activities for each other’s publications
  • Cooperating on influencing into the sphere of politics, parliaments and legislation related to archaeology and cultural heritage, with a focus on the profession of Archaeology in Germany.

The 'initialing' of the document took place at the first CIfA Deutschland AGM where the Group's officers were also formally elected: Michaela Schauer was elected president, Sebastian Sommer was elected Secretary, and Jan Schneider was elected treasurer.

You can read the MoU here

Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation

On 12 May, CIfA and the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which outlines the intention of both institutes to develop a more structured partnership and creates new possibilities to enhance complementary membership benefits.

The MoU recognises the shared aims of promoting good practice and a commitment to developing high quality skills and learning environments in archaeology and conservation respectively, as well as a shared interest in influencing legislation and policy affecting the historic environment and securing investment and support for areas of common interests.

The MoU also recognises that both institutes have distinct roles in shaping the historic environment, with the accredited skills-sets and competences of members, but also identifies complementary characteristics and a greater potential to work to ensure mutual support of aims, events, and services.

Register for Professional Archaeologist

In August 2017, CIfA's Board of Directors and the Register for Professional Archaeologist (RPA)
formally signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU commits both organisations to the promotion of professionalism and ethical good practice in archaeology.

Each organisation will:

• seek to strengthen its relationship with the other
• consider working in partnership where corporate objectives and priorities coincide
• take care not to compete with the other
• respect the intellectual property of the other, and encourage third parties to do likewise
• encourage all archaeologists to become accredited/registered by an appropriate professional association
• seek to cooperate with the other on advocating for the benefits accredited archaeologists offer to industry, agencies, and to society
• seek to promote the other’s events and services for members, where appropriate

At the date of the Memorandum the following areas have been identified for cooperation:

• promoting accreditation/registration by the Register and CIfA
• promoting each other’s events
• sharing each other’s publications and resources on archaeological professionalism and ethics
• exploring recognition of each other’s accreditations for the purposes of certifying or endorsing Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/CPE courses and field schools
• exploring how being a RPA might contribute to the evidence base for accreditation by CIfA (including potentially for Chartered Archaeologist) and vice versa
• promoting ethical training to universities and to practising archaeologists

You can read the MoU here

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