Iraq today is safer than it ever has been. Getting to Iraq has become much easier than before. The conference organisers will be responsible for all aspects of security, visas, local transportation and airport transfers.
Professor Eleanor Robson (Director of the Nahrein Network and head of the History Department, University College London)
"I’ve been travelling to Baghdad two or three times a year since 2013. Although once I needed to take careful security measures, these days Baghdad is as safe as any other big city. The blast walls and check points have all gone, and now Baghdad is a thoroughly enjoyable place to visit for sight-seeing , conference-going and research”
Dr Jane Moon, Dr Robert Killick, Professor Stuart Campbell
"We have been conducting annual field seasons of up to three months duration in Iraq since 2013, in ThiQar and Basra Provinces, with visits to Baghdad, Kerbala, Babylon and Diwaniya as well as local excursions. Our current project is one of several in Iraq that is funded by the Cultural Protection Fund and thereby operating with the full approval of the British Government. SBAH has been responsible for our security throughout this time and we have never encountered any problems or felt in danger. We look forward very much to participating in the forthcoming conference which represents a rare opportunity for all of us excavating in Iraq to come together in support of our Iraqi colleagues"
Professor Graham Philip, Dr Kristen Hopper and Dr Sayantani Neogi
“We have travelled to Baghdad several times over the last year to deliver cultural heritage training with the SBAH. We take sensible security measures during our field trips, and have not encountered any issues, and have been able to see some of the city and visit various archaeological sites in and around Baghdad. Our training programme is funded by the Cultural Protection Fund and we have had support from the British Council in Iraq. We are fully supportive of the forthcoming conference and look forward to participating”
German Archaeological Institute
''The Institute has been cooperating with Iraq since 2003. The cooperation continued even in the most difficult times, when Dr. Von S. invited Iraqi colleagues to Berlin to strengthen cooperation and scientific exchange. The institute began its first visit to Southern Iraq in 2012 and was one of the first parties to resume working in Iraq compared to its European counterparts. The visit was an invitation by the University of Kufa. After repeated visits, the professor got a new license to continue working at the Warka archaeological site. Since 2013, the expedition was in Iraq twice a year; the spring mission focused on scientific research and the autumn mission specialized in maintenance work, apart from her regular visits to Baghdad.
The institute has obtained a license to survey the city of Al-Hirah and began working on the survey in parallel with the Warka mission's ongoing work since 2016. Regarding the visa, it initially needed effort to overcome the obstacles by granting permanent researchers multiple entry visas for a year. Here, I should mention the cooperation of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Berlin. It is worthy to remember that the issuance of visa and invitations should come from Baghdad and we hope to see continuous cooperation and support in this area.
The work situation is generally good and the competent institutions are ready to ensure the security situation. All parties were and are still cooperating with us and providing the required support, which encourages the continuation of our work. We can also say that the situation was stable last year. In this year, the activities were intensive. They began in January with the delivery of a grant to the excavators for Mosul archaeological sites in the presence of the Minister, Dr. Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani, besides the follow-up of the mission in Warka and the graduation of a batch of trainees in Samawah. We were honoured by the presence of the Minister who also visited us at the archaeological site and was briefed on our activities. In November 2019, the mission will continue to work in Warka and Al-Hirah.''