The 2nd board of IALA (September 2018-2022) consists of three committee members: President (Sjoerd Kluiving), Treasurer (Daniel Knitter), and Secretary (Annelies Koopman).

President: Sjoerd Kluiving

Sjoerd Kluiving (1963) studied Physical Geography and Geology at the University of Amsterdam and University of Alabama (U.S.A). As a geologist and physical geographer involved in applying earth sciences to archeology in interdisciplinary research and teaching, with emphasis on the Anthropocene. Project management in (field-based) evaluation of archeological monuments, extensive teaching and research experience and initiator and project manager of involving cultural history in planning processes. Sjoerd co-leads the newly established Environmental Humanities Center at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He receives in 2018-2022 Horizon 2020 funding in TERRANOVA and NWO Melting Pot. Sjoerd is (co-)supervising 6 PhD students in the field of landscape archaeology on the interface of archaeology and the earth sciences. Sjoerd is President in the IALA Board (2018-2022).


Treasurer: Michele Abballe

Michele Abballe (1992) studied Cultural Heritage and Archaeology at the University of Bologna (IT), then moved to the University of Ghent (BE) for his PhD in Archaeology. He is a landscape archaeologist specialising in floodplain geoarchaeology and digital archaeology, combining different disciplines such as historical geography, geomorphology, geology and remote sensing. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Sciences of the Atmosphere and Climate of the National Research Council (ISAC-CNR) in Rome (IT), where he works on the reconstruction of the archaeological fluvial landscapes of the Po and Tiber rivers in Italy. He is the PI of GEOARCHAMMI project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and recipient of several grants from FWO and Academia Belgica to conduct research in Italy, where he is a member of various landscape archaeology projects.Email:

Secretary: Esperanza Martín Hernández

Former IALA board members are presented at the past IALA board members page