Current Trends and Future Directions in Indo-Pacific Archaeology


6-12 November 2022

Le Méridien Marriott

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Important Dates

  • The submission of abstracts is now closed.

  • In the instance that IPPA funding is available, consideration is only awarded to:

  1. main authors who are actually going to the congress;

  2. students enrolled in an official research programme in Rate B countries;

  3. participants employed full time and with primary affiliation in institutions located in Rate B countries;

  4. abstracts have been submitted/accepted by the respective chair/s of their selected panel session;

  5. abstracts have fulfilled additional (if any) requirements from session chairs.

  • The IPPA22 Organising Committee reserves the right to reject abstracts and withdraw funding to any participant who fail to comply with the general guidelines set by the committee and their respective panel session chairs.

  • IPPA Secretariat also requires anyone who wants to be considered for both Granucci and IPPA funding to complete the PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM because this is the only way we will ever know that you would like to be considered for funding.

  • With the limited availability of funding, we would like to prioritise the ones who need it most. We encourage that participants seek funding from their institutions or other sources.

  • Email the IPPA Secretariat for all other queries.

NGS Grant Workshop

To build on National Geographic’s legacy, the National Geographic Society will conduct a half-day grant writing workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand on November 12th 2022, in association with the 22nd Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association. The workshop is intended primarily to support South and Southeast Asian nationals conducting Human History and Cultures research in the region. Attendants will receive information about developing a successful National Geographic Society grant application, and will have the opportunity to practice these skills in an interactive, collaborative environment. The in-person training will also be supplemented with virtual activities before and after the workshop.


Request for Invitation Letter

Please fill out the IPPA22 PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM and email Fredeliza Campos: to request for an acceptance or invitation letter to the conference.

Mid-Conference Excursion

10th November 2022 (Thursday), 8am-3pm

The IPPA22 organising committee is offering a mid-conference one-day tour to the Wiang Tha Kan ancient settlement, about 35 km south of Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai National Museum.

This is free for all IPPA delegates who are fully registered for the 22nd Congress. Family members and guests have the option to join the tour for an extra USD20 fee per guest, and USD10 for children between 4 and 15 years old ( inclusive of bus transportation, refreshment, and lunch). The tour is scheduled on the 10th of November, Thursday, between 8 am and 3pm.

On the same day, the local committees will arrange cultural trips at an additional charge. We will provide this information later for exciting participants.

To join the mid-conference tour, please register using the MID-CONFERENCE EXCURSION FORM below before October 20. For inquiries and more information, please contact Naruphol.

SPAFA Post-Conference Tour

IPPA is pleased to announce the SPAFA sponsored post-conference tour:

The tour would be from Chiang Mai to Bangkok visiting rock art and cultural sites along the way.

The details and registration for the tour can be found here:

If you have any queries please contact Noel Tan.

Duangtawan Hotel in Chiang Mai

Our local organising committee is happy to assist in booking accommodation in Duangtawan Hotel at a discounted price.

IPPA has a special rate for a superior room (single bed/ double bed) about THB 1,400 THB or USD 40 per night for two persons, including breakfast, and with a guarantee of 500 rooms for IPPA. This hotel is just across Le Méridien Marriott.

For participants who are interested, please fill in this RESERVATION FORM and directly contact Pira Venunan at for any inquiries.

Alternatively, we also recommend B2 Budget Hotels in Chiang Mai. The price per night for two people is about 600-700 THB or 20 USD, excluding breakfast. Note that hotel rates vary, depending on their location and the rooms could be small, though clean and comfortable. Please visit and book the room directly via the website below.

Please note that the 22nd IPPA conference will be held during two of the most famous festivals in northern Thailand - the Yee Peng (Lantern) Festival and the Loy Krathong (Festival of Light). During this period, choice rooms and hotels in the area may be fully booked so we highly encourage delegates to make early reservations to ensure they get their most preferred accommodations.

IPPA22 Conference Prize Eligibility & Requirements

To all main authors who would like to be considered for the Student and Professional prize, please read the Eligibility and Submission Guidelines.

Take note that the Professional Prize is only for those whose main affiliation is not an academic institution.

For both Professional and Student Prizes, we need to receive a text summary of your paper/presentation (no more than 1000 words). This is just to give the Prize Committee an idea of what your paper is all about and what to expect from your presentation. If we do not receive this document on or before the 15th October 2022, you will no longer be considered for the prize.

Just send it directly to the IPPA Secretariat (in Word Document format):

  1. Title of the Paper

  2. Name and Contact Details of the Student (enumerating the co-authors, if applicable)

  3. Institution, Course and Principal Supervisor of the Student

  4. Text summary of the presentation not exceeding 1000 words

  5. Bibliography of works cited

The Granucci Fund

  • The Granucci Fund for the 22nd IPPA Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 6 to 12, Novembers 2022 to assist attendance and travel is available for nationals of Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

  • In order to qualify, delegates must be authors of papers accepted for presentation (oral or poster presentation) and that they are not receiving any substantial funding elsewhere.

  • All qualified applicants can apply by completing the IPPA PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM and confirm under 'Availability of Funding' your intention to apply for Granucci funding. Deadline for application is on or before the 30th of August 2022 so that we can duly inform those who will be receiving funding support.

Message from the IPPA President

Dear esteemed colleagues,

As the next President of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, I would like to extend incredible thanks to everybody for all of your warm wishes and support. I feel honored, privileged, and humbled at the same time.

I would like to thank all colleagues for your engagement with the organization and support in the past and I look forward to future collaboration. Let me also take an opportunity to acknowledge the Former Co-Presidents: Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải and Dr. Phan Thanh Hải and his Vietnamese colleagues for their tremendous works and efforts on the 2018 IPPA Congress in Hue, Vietnam and a secretary: Professor Ian Lilley for his devotion and hard-working over many years.

At this time, I would like to announce the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress as planned at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand between 6th-12th November 2022. This will be hosted by Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department, SEAMEO SPAFA, Sirindhorn Anthropological Centre (SAC), Social Research Institute Chiang Mai University, and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand. I hope for perhaps more host sponsors which we will add to the list later. Note that the time will overlap with the Loi Krathong Festival. Don’t miss it and please mark your calendar!

I will be working closely with our new secretary: Professor Phil Piper, our executive committee and Thai committee members to ensure that the Congress will be well prepared. Logistically, with the challenges that come as we face a global pandemic, the coronavirus, has heavily impacted on our academic activities, field research, health and daily routines. We hope that we can still organize the 22nd Indo-Pacific Association Congress. I will keep you posted on the progress. We are working on our official website and will further update news regularly. Next year, we will call for a session. Please help us by being and renewing your membership. Also please let us know of your ideas and suggestions for the conference.

Last but not least, in the next four years I look forward to continuing to strengthen our professionalism in archaeological practices in Indo-Pacific region. Especially dear to me is to promote diversity and being a platform for dialog between archeologist and local community for sustainable heritage management.

I will see you all soon at the 22nd Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress if not before that.

Warmest regards,

Sawasdi ka…..

Rasmi Shoocongdej, PhD

President, Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association