Message from IPPA President Rasmi Shoocongdej

Dear esteem 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

Next IPPA 2022 Congress

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce the next IPPA Congress.

The Executive Committee voted to support the Thailand proposal to host the 2022 IPPA Congress:

The Congress will be held at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai from the 6th-12th November 2022.

The successful Thai application to host the Congress is a joint project between Silpakorn University, Fine Arts Department of Thailand, SEAMEO SPAFA and the Princess Maha-Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre.

Further information will follow on the website over the coming months as we make progress in the organisation.

As is IPPA policy, the Association will have a new president.

We thank co-Presidents Dr. Nguyễn Giang Hải and Dr. Phan Thanh Hải for all their hard work in organising and implementing the very successful 2018 IPPA Congress. Their four year term (2016-2020) is now completed.

We welcome our new President: Professor Rasmi Shoocongdej (Silpakorn University).

Rasmi will lead the organisation of the 2022 Chiang Mai Congress.



Message from the Secretary General

Dear IPPA Community,

Thank you all for making the 21st Congress in Hue such an overwhelming success and a lot fun.

I would like to personally take the opportunity to thank Prof. Ian Lilley for all his hard work for our community, not just for this Congress, but the preceding one at Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2014.

Ian has now retired as the IPPA Secretary General, and I would like to thank the Executive Committee for my election to the position. I hope I can be as successful as previous individuals to take on this role since the inception of the Association at the 4th Pacific Science Congress in 1929!

Some important events need to occur in the coming months. Firstly, we will need to elect eight new members to the Executive Committee to help guide the Association through the next eight years. One of the first jobs of the Executive Committee will be to assess bids for the country and institution(s) that will host the next Congress.

I will send out further information on how we vote in new Executive Committee members before the year has ended. I would like to have the new members in place as early as possible next year.

At the same time if there are any countries/institutions interested in hosting the 22ndCongress please let us know. I will compile an information pack and send it out to interested parties so that they can make an educated assessment of suitability, and to determine whether they can facilitate the Congress. From there, it will be possible for your country/institution to compile a bid for submission to the Executive Committee. I hope to have a decision on the next Congress venue by the end of 2019 at the very latest.

This email address ( will be the official IPPA Secretariat email you can write to. Visit the IPPA Secretariat website for updates. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Iza Campos in maintaining this website and for continuing to be part of the IPPA Secretariat.

Additionally, we have posted an announcement from KAPI (Katipunan Arkeologists ng Pilipinas, Inc.), the Society of Philippine Archaeologists re the upcoming 11th KAPI Conference which will be held on the 8th of December 2018 in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines.

I will be in touch soon


Philip Piper

IPPA Secretary-General

Head of Archaeology / Convenor for Master of Archaeological & Evolutionary Science ProgramSchool of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberra, Australiatel +61 2 6125 0526