The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

We are seeking Expressions of Interest in hosting the next Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APCONF), ideally for 2024. Write to the conference co-chairs, Hans Van Tilburg, Brian Fahy and Bill Jeffery at for further information and a copy of the Conference Planning Process: Roles and Procedures, which contains information about what should be included in a submission. Expressions of Interest should reach us by 20 October, 2021, and the host for APCONF 5 will be announced in Taiwan at the conclusion of APCONF 4 in early November, 2021.

Due to travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus, the 2020 Asia-Pacific Conference has been RESCHEDULED for November 1 – 5, 2021. The conference will be online.

Register here before August 31, 2021!

The Bureau of Cultural Heritage, National Taiwan Ocean University, and the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology would like to welcome you to the Fourth Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, November 1 – 5, 2021.

 Conference Theme:

“The Maritime Cultural Landscape of the Austronesian Diaspora”

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APConf) aims to address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century, facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region, and provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology

A wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage are encouraged to attend including those from universities, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and the community.  This conference follows the successes of the Inaugural Asian Academy for Heritage Management Asia-Pacific Regional Conference hosted by the National Museum of the Philippines in November of 2011, the 2nd Regional Conference hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the University of Hawaii Marine Option Program, and the 3rd Regional Conference hosted by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. 

More background on the sub-themes and session proposals can be found here.

Dr. Bill Jeffery, Dr. Hans Van Tilburg, and Dr. Brian Fahy, on behalf of the APCONF 2020 Organizing Committee

Conference Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

With thanks to our major sponsors:

MoC Cultural Heritage



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