Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) – International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH) Conference 2023: 14-15 September

The 2023 joint AIMA-ICUCH Conference is being held in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The conference is being held in person but is also open to online attendance.

The 2023 conference theme is Connected by water with sub themes of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and the archaeology and management of underwater cultural heritage. This theme and the sub themes were selected because they link to Australia progressing its consideration of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention and pick up a key principle of the Convention regarding promotion of information exchange and shared heritage management.

This year’s conference is an opportunity to celebrate 40 years of Australia’s national Underwater Cultural Heritage Program and to reflect on the outcomes and achievements over that period. The conference is also an opportunity to promote and encourage broader regional uptake of the UNESCO 2001 Convention in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Southeast Asian Region.