In September 2018 the Foundation awarded a bursary to Fatma Hammad from Egypt to attend the AIMA/ASHA conference in Australia.
Here is a report from Fatma on the event:
AIMA/ASHA The Clearing House Conference, 26-27 Sept 2018, Parramatta, Australia
Participating in the AIMA/ASHA conference was such a great opportunity to meet with plenty of experts in the maritime archaeology field worldwide, the conference encouraged people to share their researches which have previously never been published. Across two days, over 70 papers discussing various research projects being undertaken by maritime and historical archaeologists from all over the world. I consider myself lucky to present a paper about the history of the excavation of Myos Hormos (Quseir al-Qadim) harbour with a heritage management proposal for the archaeological site.
In the opening day, I enjoyed visiting The City of Parramatta Heritage Centre Collections and Storage, they gave a brief about the centre and its activities. Also, I enjoyed listening to Dr Fred Hocker (Curator of the Vasa Museum in Sweden) who presented a lecture about the history of Vasa shipwreck, current research which is carried out at the Vasa Museum, and discuss the place of Vasa in both the national consciousness of Sweden and the public perception of maritime archaeology.
Across two days, most of the presentations were interesting, but I enjoyed much with the technology, interdisciplinary investigations, management and educations sessions. I enjoyed listening to Helen Nicholson (Kalliope Consultancy) and her presentation about the suggestions and examples for engaging primary and secondary students in activities of archaeology, and how to encourage archaeologists to speak about the work they do in schools. As well, the presentation of Joanne Edney about developing the behaviour of wreck divers underwater to protect and management the underwater archaeological sites.
My personal highlight has been the chance to meet with Dr Martin Gibbs (Faculty of Humanities – University of New England), he gave me a plenty of advice and his experience about the PhD journey, in general, with some tips and hints of what to avoid and also to take into consideration.
I consider myself lucky to have two intensive days full of informative papers, great projects, promising outcomes and getting constructive feedback, encouraging comments and ideas for my PhD plans. Hence, massive thanks to Honor Frost Foundation for granting me this award to attend and present my research in AIMA/ASHA conference 2018, the experience has been invaluable.