Humans and environmental sustainability:
Lessons from the past ecosystems of Europe and Northern Africa

The conference will take place 26th – 28th February 2018 in Modena (Italy), at Complesso San Geminiano, headquarters of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Organized by

LPP Laboratory of Palynology and Palaeobotany
Department of Life Science
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Main topics:

  • Interdisciplinary archaeological/botanical research
  • Focus on Northern Africa archaeo-environmental changes
  • From palaeoethnobotany to popular traditions
  • Environmental sustainability in a changing world: lessons from the past

Important Dates:

Extended deadline for pre-registration and abstract submission is November 30th, 2017
Registration and payment (after abstract acceptance) should be January 15th 2018

The 14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology will be organized at the Modena and Reggio Emilia University by LPP- Laboratory of Palynology and Palaeobotany and will be hosted by the Department of Life Science. Modena is a historically important town, built on a Roman-Medieval urban map with spectacular Italian architecture, located in the Po valley of northern Italy.

Multidisciplinary bio-geo-archaeo contributions on environmental reconstructions and palaeoecological research involving analyses of human and animal bones, plant macroremains, phytoliths, non pollen palynomorphs and pollen, sometimes also integrated to isotopic or molecular data, are welcome. We wish to include contributions from European countries, Mediterranean and Near East areas as well as the Northern Africa.

Workshop participants may present their research in form of short presentation or poster.

At the end of the conference, contributors will be invited to publish their papers on IANSA (, open-access indexed journal and traditional collaborator of CEA conferences; moreover, Special Issues on other peer-reviewed scientific journals are also planned.

This year, the CEA conference will run the best abstract (research) prize competition: the winner will have the article processing charge waived for publishing his unpublished original work on a peer-reviewed open access journal. 


Regular registration fee: 160 €, and 180 € for late registration.
Field trip (optional): 25 €
Reduced registration fee (not permanent positions): 100 €, and 120 € for late registration.
Reduced registration fee (students, fellowships): 50 €, and 70 € for late registration.


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