20th Conference of the IWGP

 Groningen, The Netherlands

 The IWGP returns to Groningen


After a successful meeting of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany in České Budějovice, the organization for the 20th IWGP conference in Groningen in 2025 is in full swing.

The organisation is a collaboration between the Groningen Institute of Archaeology, the Centre for Landscape Studies (University of Groningen) and the Cultural Heritage Agency (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science).

The IWGP was established in 1968 by, amongst others, Willem van Zeist and is one of the most important meetings for researchers specialised in paleoethnobotany in Europe and parts of Asia. The meeting has taken place triennially since its establishment, and the last Groningen IWGP was organised in 1983 by Willem van Zeist, Sytze Bottema and Wil Casparie. We are thus proud to once more represent the strong archaeobotanical tradition of Groningen, including an emphasis on studies of landscape history and cultural heritage of the Netherlands!


Local organisers
Sonja Filatova
Otto Brinkkemper
Mans Schepers
Ana Smuk
Arnoud Maurer
Sanne Smit
Merit Hondelink
Scientific committee
Ferran Antolín
Amaia Arranz-Otaegui
Jennifer Bates
Amy Bogaard
Otto Brinkkemper
Aylen Capparelli
Charlotte Diffey
Sonja Filatova
Anna Florin
Roman Hovsepyan
Wiebke Kirleis
Mac Marston
Lucy Kubiak-Martens
Karolis Minkevičius
Roisin O’Droma
Welmoed Out
Leonor Peña-Chocarro
Federica Riso
Margareta Tengberg
Tania Valamoti
Alexander Weide


Important information


Abstract submission deadline

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster for the upcoming International Workgroup for  Palaeoethnobotany 2025 in Groningen (The Netherlands). The conference will be held in person from 21-25 July 2025 at the Academy Building at the University of Groningen.

The deadline for abstract submission is extended until July 24th 2024. Please note that we will allow one oral presentation per first author. Multiple accepted oral presentations will be reduced in coordination with the respective author. A combination of an oral presentation and poster presentation will be accepted. Abstracts should be no longer than 1500 characters and can be submitted using the following link:

IWGP 2025 abstract submission form

Registration information

The estimated registration costs are:

  • Early bird scholar: € 260
  • Late bird scholar: € 325
  • Early bird (PhD) student: € 155
  • Late bird (PhD) student: € 195

Funds to cover (part of) the registration costs will be made available to early career researchers. Information on registration, dinner, excursion and funding will follow soon.

University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts

Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed

Waddenacademie Waddenzee Koninklijke Nederlandse Botanische Vereniging