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IfA Conference Questionnaire: What can we improve?

IfA?s Annual Conference for Archaeologists is the flagship event for the Institute and its members. Its aim is to draw together individuals from all areas of the profession and beyond, offering topical and interesting sessions and debates, providing an excellent opportunity for CPD, networking and encouraging innovative approaches to historic environment policy and practice. The conference is also an opportunity for non members to benefit from the sessions and gain an understanding of the role of IfA.

IfA is a not-for-profit organisation and the conference costs and fees are kept low in an attempt to make it as accessible as possible to all members. Sponsorship is sought to help reduce the
registration costs, and bursaries are available to members to assist with travel and registration costs.

This year, as before, we have had extremely positive feedback. Comments included

?Excellent mix of business practice and actual archaeology?

?All sessions I attended were good, especially the PPS one on the last day. This reflected the quality of the presentations and the relevance of the sessions?

?Opportunities to talk to and network with colleagues ? and the vibrant and positive discussion in the training session?

?I really enjoyed the conference and it made me reflect on how strongly I support the IfA and its principles and how I should endeavour to become more actively involved in the organisation in the future?

But that?s not good enough for us ? we want to do better! We would like to know what would encourage you to attend future conferences, your employer to support your attendance or you to support your employees attendance.

Your feedback makes a difference. For example in 2009 we moved from the traditional university venues to purpose-built conference centres following feedback from delegates. In 2010 we took your advice and introduced more topical sessions and a stronger CPD dimension. We will try to implement as many suggestions as practical at the next annual or future conferences.

You can download an electronic version of the form here (please return to and members will receive paper copies in the post within the next two weeks.

Call for sessions for 2011

We would also like to take this opportunity to open the call for session and training workshops for our 2011 conference. The theme for the conference will be Assessing significance. Proposals
should include a session abstract giving details about what the session will cover, how it relates to the overall theme of the conference, and identify at least 3 potential speakers.

Proposals should be sent to by no later than 6 August 2010.

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