In Helsinki, the congress focuses on delivering information and interpretations of the underwater cultural heritage or remains, which are strongly linked to living and working along lakes, rivers and seas. The aim is to share the experience of this heritage to the general public and to the research community. This mission of delivery becomes of great importance as it forms an integral part of the narrative told by the studies of our past. The importance of this task is highlighted in a world that faces challenges of the Climate Change, pollution of water, and other types of human related uncertainties of the future.
What is the role of maritime archaeology in building a better future for all of us? In sum, these international congresses have been an opportunity to increase the inter-institutional and international rigorous professionalized cooperation.
IKUWA - Internationaler Kongreß für Unterwasserarchäologie - is a global network of cooperating bodies that organises congresses focused on underwater archaeology to raise awareness of the importance of underwater cultural heritage and to create an international regulatory framework for its protection. This begun in Germany in 1999 with the first IKUWA with establishing an ambitious plan of a serie of congresses, aiming to build an international network of institutions dealing with underwater archaeology.
Programme (will be edited): https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/7th-international-congress-for-underwater-archaeology/programme-preliminary-will-be-edited