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