Conference on Environmental Archaeology of European Cities 27th-29th May 2015



sponsored by      and FNRS

3rd circular CEAEC


Main topics

1. Complexity: urban site formation.

The challenges of environmental archaeological techniques relevant to urban archaeological studies will be considered, as well as the advancements that have been made on this topic in the last decade in Europe. In particular the discussion will focus on:

2.Urban economy.

Economic activities and their spatial distribution throughout the city especially considering:

3. The personal life.

How did people live in the cities? More specifically:

4. The urban environment.

The physical urban environment and its changes through time will be explored:




Click here for the explanation on how to reach the venue within the city of Brussels.

The conference will be take place in Brussels, Belgium, which is conveniently and centrally located in Belgium and Europe.

The conference venue, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is situated in the center of Brussels and is less than 20 minutes train journey from Brussels Airport which has regular direct connections with over 60 cities across Europe as well as several direct connections to cities in Africa, SE Asia and N-America. Regular train services are linked with international railway stations where a connection can be made with high-speed trains to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Cologne and Frankfurt.

In the cours of its some 150-years’ existence, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, together with its Museum has retained the same fundamental scientific objective: to compile the inventory of all forms of life, past and present, but its scope has been steadily broadened to include the study of ecosystems and its applications for the protection of biodiversity. The Institute is the largest of the Belgian State scientific establishments, under the control of the department of federal science policy.

It is the most important centre for the dissemination of knowledge about natural sciences in Belgium and this through permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications and events which combine interactivity, pedagogical objectives and leisure activities for the largest possible audience.

It is an active participant, even a pioneer, in issues of scientific and museological cooperation, both at the European level and on a global scale, in a field where progress would be impossible without the existence of a network of knowledge and expertise.






Thisconference is organized by the Brussels Capital Region, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

The conference is also supported by the European Research Network BIOARCH, Association of Environmental Archaeology, VisitBrussels agency, FNRS and the non profit organisation ROOTS. 

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Scientific committee in alphabetical order

Laurent Bavay, CReA-Patrimoine, ULB, Belgium

François Blary, CReA-Patrimoine, ULB, Belgium

Ann Degraeve, Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Chloé Deligne, ULB, Belgium

Anton Ervynck, Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed, Belgium

Roger Langohr, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Richard Macphail, UC London, UK

Daniel Makowiecki, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Elena Marinova, KU Leuven & RBINS, Belgium

Arturo Morales Muñiz, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Philippe Rentzel, IPNA - Basel, Switzerland

Marie-Pierre Ruas, CNRS, Paris, France

Wim Van Neer, KU Leuven & RBINS, Belgium

Laurent Verslype, UCLouvain, Belgium



Local Organising committee:

for the Brussels Capital Region: Ann Degraeve, Stéphane Demeter

for the CReA-Patrimoine, ULB: Laurent Bavay, François Blary, Yannick Devos, Cristiano Nicosia, Luc Vrydaghs

for RBINS-KUL: Wim Van Neer, Elena Marinova, Clara Boffin, Lien Speleers, Kim Quintelier

for UCLouvain: Laurent Verslype

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Most important dates

20 October 2014

Conference home page

20 October 2014

Second circular, preliminary program

20 October 2014

Registration opens. Start abstract submission

18 November 2014

Deadline abstract submission

28 November 2014

Communication of acceptance of papers and posters

08 December 2014

Communication of conference program

15 March 2015

Deadline for Early Registration

27 March 2015

Third circular, final program


Before 15 March 2015

Student registration (€ 100)

Before 15 March 2015

Early bird registration (€ 120)

After 16 March 2015

Normal registration (€ 180)

Daily participant during CEAEC

One day registration (€ 60)

May 27-29, 2015

CEAEC, Brussels,  Belgium


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