Student and Early Careers Conference 2024

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Following the success of our 2021, 2022 and 2023 conferences, the CIfA Early Careers Special Interest Group and the Council for British Archaeology are hosting the fourth digital Early Careers Conference during the Festival of Archaeology 2024.

This digital conference aims to platform students, early career archaeologists and heritage professionals, and to give them the opportunity to gain presentation experience.

Date: 24th of July 2024

Time: Start 3.00 pm – Close c.8.00 pm

You can book a spot at the conference by clicking the link: Conference Sign-Up

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Who is it for?

SPEAKERS: The conference speakers are those studying archaeology or an associated subject such as osteoarchaeology, anthropology, or cultural heritage management, undertaking an apprenticeship or training scheme, or in early career employment in archaeology (contributors should be less than 36 months into their archaeology career).

AUDIENCE: We always hope the conference audience will comprise anyone who has an interest in the range of topics that will be discussed and/or those who wish to support early career archaeologists and heritage professionals in a welcoming and friendly environment. 

Is there a conference theme?

This year we have four themed sessions:

Session 1: Early Careers in Archaeology and Heritage 

Session 2: Gender and Identity in the Archaeological Record     

Session 3: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities

Session 4: Style and Motifs as Expressions of Identity and Place       

Each session is a mix of ten-minute live and pre-recorded talks with a Q&A at the end.

We will also a have a selection of pre-recorded talks on a host of different topics.

You can download the conference schedule here: Early Careers Conference 2024 Schedule

You can also download the Early Careers Conference Abstract Booklet.

How can I sign-up to attend the conference?

You can book a spot at the conference by following the link: Conference Sign-Up

You do not need to attend for the whole conference. Instead you might like to attend one or more of the sessions.

Take a look at some of the talks from previous years... 

Photos of the 2023 speakers with Festival logos


The conference talks were recorded and, where permission was granted, we have uploaded them to the CBA's YouTube channel. You can find last year's recordings on the Early Careers Conference 2023 Playlist and further examples below.