International Council
for Archaeozoology

International Conferences

Once every four years ICAZ hosts an International Conference during which Individual Members in good standing have the opportunity to communicate aspects of their research by means of lectures, posters, or other forms of presentation considered appropriate by the conference organizers. Presentations by non-members of ICAZ may be invited or accepted by the conference organizers. Conference organizers are free to highlight certain themes of research, but the general program of the meeting is open in order to promote the broadest possible exchange of information among researchers.

A General Meeting, open to all Individual Members in good standing, is held during the ICAZ International Conference. During the meeting general business of ICAZ is conducted. This business may include voting for Officers and for International Committee members as stipulated in the ICAZ Statutes. A report on the ICAZ General Meeting is available through the For Members section of the ICAZ Website and included in the ICAZ Newsletter following the meeting.

2018 ICAZ International Conference in Ankara, Turkey

The ICAZ 2018 International Conference will take place from 2-7 September, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey. The conference venue is the Cultural and Convention Center (CCC) at the Middle East Technical University (METU). Check out the conference website for information about the conference themes, venue, excursions, and more: www.icaz2018ankara.com. The call for sessions is now open and the website is ready for session proposal submissions. The deadline for session proposals has been extended to the 20th of January 2018. After this, the Scientific Committee of the conference will evaluate and decide which of the sessions will be accepted and the results will be announced on the 5th of February 2018. For details on the submission procedure, visit the "Instructions" page on the conference website. The Opening Ceremony will be on the afternoon of the 2nd September at Kemal Kurdas Amphitheater, to be followed by Welcoming Cocktail at the garden of CCC. The Annual Dinner will be held on the 4th September at the garden of Visnelik. Visnelik is owned by the METU Alumni Association and it is located conviniently at 800 m distance from METU campus.

2014 ICAZ International Conference in San Rafael, Argentina

The 12th ICAZ International Conference took place in San Rafael (Mendoza), Argentina at the Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael, 22 - 27th September 2014. In the coming months, all paper and poster titles and abstracts will be posted to BoneCommons, together with any slides, text, or other media presenters have chosen to share. For more details about the conference, see the ICAZ Fall 2014 newsletter.

2010 ICAZ International Conference in Paris, France

The 11th ICAZ International Conference took place in Paris, France, from August 23-28, 2010. Some events were held at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, and others took place at the nearby campus of Pierre et Marie Curie University, where six amphitheatres with more than 120 seats and a large congress hall were reserved for the conference. Following two days of presentations, Thursday (August 26) was devoted to archaeological and cultural field trips in and around Paris. Several multi-days excursions were organised before and after the conference (such as visits to Dordogne Palaeolithic rock art sites and other sites located further away from Paris).

The conference had three main focal themes: 1) Archaeozoology in Central and Eastern Europe, 2) Palaeolithic Archaeozoology, and 3) the History of Archaeozoology. Papers and posters on any other topics were also welcome. We aimed to have many archaeozoologists from Central and Eastern Europe in attendance as well as archaeozoologists from around the world.

The conference organising committee was led by Jean-Denis Vigne, Marylène Patou-Mathis and Christine Lefèvre, with the assistance of Marie Balasse, Sandrine Grouard, Joséphine Lesur, Marjane Mashkour, Stéphane Péan, Anne Tresset, and Carole Vercoutère.

2006 ICAZ International Conference in México City, México

The 2006 ICAZ International Conference was held in México City, México, on August 23-28, 2006. The conference, organized by Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales and Oscar J. Polaco, was hosted by Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México. The results of two conference-related competitions are available online: the ICAZ 2006 Poster Competition and the Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize

Past ICAZ International Conferences

ICAZ has sponsored twelve international conferences between 1971 and 2014. The proceedings of many of these past conferences have been published either in part or in full.