The European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF) aims to:
- Enhance the access of its members' academic and technical personnel to installations of field research and training in Asia;
- Jointly develop these installations and the quality and range of services they provide to researchers including graduate students;
- Pursue and foster joint interdisciplinary research programs in the humanities and social sciences applied to the range of Asian societies and civilizations covered by the network of field installations available to the Consortium;
- Further the integration of the European Research Area by creating a network for exchanges in research and higher education and the sharing of academic resources, with a view to optimizing their joint capacity to conduct field work in Asia.