STUDENT REVIEW of ‘Grand Challenges in Environmental Archaeology’ – Youri van den Hurk

Another review of the recent AEA conference ‘Grand Challenges in Environmental Archaeology’ hosted by Edinburgh is here!

Keep reading to see what  PhD candidate Youri van den Hurk thought of it all!

My name is Youri van den Hurk and I just entered the third year of my PhD in archaeology at University College London. I am deeply grateful the AEA provided me with a student conference grand to attend the conference. This was already the second I attended an AEA conference and again I greatly enjoyed it! The first time was in Kirkwall at the very beginning of my PhD where I presented my research project and some ideas. Now for the second time I was able to show more results to a comparable audience.

The AEA conferences always cover a wide variety of topics within the environmental archaeology discipline, exposing you to new methods, projects and ideas. As a student at the beginning of my academic career this is highly beneficial to my own current project as well as to future possibilities. The conference also gives the possibility to present your own research and allows you to get critical feedback which is of help for optimizing your research project. Previously, I have been awarded an AEA research grant and this conference provided me with the opportunity to present what I have done with this grant and the results of my research.

Additionally, many researchers I have been in contact with for several years also attended the meeting and I met them in person for the first time. The coffee breaks in between sessions were therefor a great opportunity to meet people, get or answer question or network with other researchers.

Both the AEA meeting I attended so far, were valuable experiences as I received great feedback and tips from other researchers. I am sincerely thankful for both the research grant and the conference grant the AEA provide me with and I will work hard to continue my research on environmental archaeology.


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