Call for Posters: The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development

18 December 2013

Conservation and Development Research Network

The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2014 will take place on 'The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development' for which a call for posters is announced.

The two-day conference, scheduled for 16-17 May 2014, is being organised by the Institute's Conservation and Development Research Network, in collaboration with the Heritage Conservation and Human Rights Network (University of Nairobi) and the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (University of Delaware).

This conference will explore the impact of conservation ethics and practices on socio-cultural, economic and ecological contexts in need of development, areas of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction due to natural disasters. 

The main purpose is to stimulate lasting discussion (within heritage conservation, the broader field of heritage, and nature conservation) on how the practice of conservation can promote human wellbeing and economic prosperity, support conflict or disaster recovery, and foster social cohesion.

UCL Grand Challenges

The organisers have received the Institute's Conference Competition award as well as being awarded a 2013 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant (Intercultural Interaction) for this event.

Poster submissions

Poster submissions are invited in the following areas

  • The impact of the practice of conservation on people’s wellbeing and quality of life
  • Engagement of local groups in re-construction and/or development through the practice of conservation.
  • Cross-disciplinary collaborations between professionals involved in heritage and nature conservation (in both practical and theoretical levels).
  • Research on and use of locally produced resources to replace expensive imported treatment materials. 
  • Practical issues of conservation in the field, focusing on involvement/training of local people.
  • Theoretical and practical approaches that make the practice of conservation sustainable.

A limited number of posters on these themes will be displayed on the first day of the conference, including an evening reception when poster presenters will have the opportunity to discuss their work with other conference attendees.

Poster abstracts

Poster abstracts, in English and maximum 500 words, should be submitted to conservationucl@gmail.com by 15 January 2014. Abstracts should contain the main aims of the poster, a summary discussion of the topic and main conclusions.


For more information, please contact conservationucl@gmail.com