NEBARSS was founded in 2014 with the aim of bringing together students engaged in research into the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland, or addressing issues pertinent to such research. The primary aim of NEBARSS is to provide a platform for postgraduate and early career researchers focussing on the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe or addressing issues pertinent to such research.
The symposium typically takes the form of a two day event, with a keynote lecture on the evening of the first day of the conference. The key note is presented by an established lecturer in the field followed by a reception. Previous key note lectures have been given by Prof. Mike Parker Pearson, Dr Alex Gibson, Dr Chris Fowler and Prof. Julian Thomas. The reception provides an opportunity for delegates to meet prior to the presentations on the second day. The second day of the symposium features talks from delegates with opportunities for discussion.
The symposium takes place at a different university each year in November or early December. Since its inception in 2014 at the University of Bradford, conferences have been held at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University College London, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Manchester.