Collaborate, learn, and network with your colleagues both in person and online. Attend our annual meeting, the largest conference in North America for conservation professionals.

Upcoming Meeting (2025)

Minneapolis Skyline

Join us either online or onsite in beautiful Minneapolis for our 53rd Annual Meeting!

Conference Dates

  • Pre-session: May 27-28 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Main sessions: May 29-31 (Thursday through Saturday)
  • Post-session: June 1 (Sunday)

We are excited to host this year at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Our room block will open soon. See our Accommodations & Travel page for more information.

Call for Papers 

  • Propose a Concurrent General Session by June 28
    If you are interested in proposing a themed set of talks for a Concurrent General Session please submit a short abstract (200 words) for the session via email to Cory Rogge, the annual meeting program chair, ( and Ruth Seyler, AIC's Meetings & Advocacy Director ( Make sure to identify the title, topic, and goals of the session.  If your session is chosen, we expect you to serve as the session's chair and on the program committee. We welcome proposals from small teams of 2-5 people as well as individuals. For more information about chairing a session or program committee service, please email Cory Rogge.
  • Submit an Oral Presentation or Poster by September 15

    We will announce the full call for papers in late July. It will include: selected Concurrent General Session descriptions, detailed specialty session descriptions, a call for posters, workshops proposal information, pre-sessions and special sessions (i.e. lunch sessions) proposal informtion. We will open the submission portal for abstracts for papers in early August 2024. 

Conference Theme

What's Your Story? The Power of Collaborations and Connections

Objects and sites have stories to tell about people-the people who made them, who used them, who loved them, and who preserved them. Our field can help tell parts of those stories, but the full history and meaning of an object, site or building can often only be told through collaborations with others. The artist/maker, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and source communities know the intent behind the act of creation and the emotional value and meaning of an object or location in a way we never may. Their insights into whether and how something should be studied, displayed, and preserved should inform our work. Collaborations with colleagues in different fields that use new techniques or that bring specialized knowledge to bear may bring insights we might not be otherwise able to glean by ourselves, or lead to the development of new treatment or analytical methodologies. Our telling the stories about what we have learned may inspire others to enter the preservation field, build bridges to neglected communities, or perhaps the way an institution operates. We are all stronger when we are together, none of us operate in a vacuum, so this year we want to hear your story about the power of working with others.

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