14th International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology (ISBSA)
The Programme for ISBSA 14 has been arranged. 71 papers and 30 posters are going to be presented during the week of 21–25 September. The main themes are: Ships and Ships Finds in the Baltic, Maritime Landscapes and Harbour Installations, Recent Discoveries of Remarkable Ship Finds or Significant Sources, Research Methods, Studies in Ship Construction, Experimental Nautical Archaeology; Bark, Skin, Logboats and Far Eastern Vessels. You can find a copy of the provisional programme and registration form at the ISBSA website.
The symposium will be held at the conference hall in the main building of the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Gdańsk, located in former granaries on Ołowianka Island: Narodowe Muzeum Morskie, ul. Ołowianka 9–13.
The only parallel session will take place on Friday 25 September at the NMM’s Maritime Culture Centre, facing the main building, on the opposite bank of the Motława: Ośrodek Kultury Morskiej, ul Tokarska 21–25.
Symposium participants will be able to use the Motława ferry service free of charge throughout the duration of the conference.
For further information, such as registration forms, the program, and accommodation, please visit the ISBSA website.
You are kindly requested to register before 15 July 2015. The conference fee of 510 PLN, to be paid in advance before 15 July 2015, and 550 PLN before 16 August, includes: a reception held at Artus Court in Gdańsk, conference dinner, all coffee breaks and lunches served at the Maritime Museum throughout the five days of the symposium, a coach trip to Gdynia and conference materials.
Posters and Book Display
In the entrance hall leading to the conference room there will be abundant space for poster presentations and book displays. Wooden display boards to which posters can be affixed with drawing pins will be provided for the poster sessions. The maximum size of posters should be smaller than that previously stated: they should not exceed 120 x 90 cm.
We plan to organize a film night on Thursday, 24 September at 19:00, at the end of the 4th conference day. It will be held in the conference room. The room is equipped with modern playback devices, so it is best to bring your film in a digital format. The display time is unlimited; however, presentations of up to 30 minutes are preferred. Each participant presenting a film can comment on it and discuss it after it has been shown. If you wish to show a film, please let us know before 1 September 2015.
On Wednesday 23 September there will be an afternoon coach trip to Gdynia, including visits to the tall ship Dar Pomorza, the Polish Naval Museum and the Emigration Museum. The cost of this excursion is included in the conference fee.
On Saturday 26 September the organizers are planning to offer two trips to choose from. The first will involve visits to major sites of interest associated with maritime culture in Gdańsk, including the recently opened European Solidarity Centre, founded on the site of the former Lenin Shipyard. The second option will be a visit to the largest brick-built fortress in Europe –Malbork Castle – the one-time capital of the Teutonic state.
The availability and cost of these excursions will depend on the number of people wishing to take part. Please indicate on the registration form which excursion you would like to join. The predicted cost of these excursions will be announced in the 3rd circular and payment will be taken at the time of registration during the symposium.