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Call for Submissions

The American Institute for Conservation's 48th Annual Meeting will take place in Salt Lake City, May 19–23, 2020, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Learn more about our annual conference, including information on exhibiting!

2020 Call for Papers: General Session Theme

'Conservation: Reactive and Proactive'

We work in a rapidly changing world. Globally, the economy is volatile, the marketplace demanding, and the negative impact of climate change looms large in conservation. Many collecting institutions have shifted their priorities to preventive conservation for collections and interactive learning in exhibitions, which can decrease emphasis on traditional conservation treatment and the supremacy of original display materials. Conservation professionals are drawing from a wide skill set to respond to these challenges in creative and productive ways. From offering conservation services that go beyond treatment, to focusing on sustainability, to utilizing materials science and technical art history in public education, our field is adapting and evolving. In 2020, we’ll explore ways we can anticipate and embrace change. How are you meeting your biggest challenges? Please join us to share your triumphs and reflect on areas for growth.

The submission portal will open later this summer. 

Call for Concurrent General Session Topics & Session Organizers

Do you have an idea – related to Conservation: Reactive and Proactive  that would make a great concurrent general session, and are you willing to serve as the session’s chair? Do you have an idea for a half-day or full-day pre-session seminar? If so, please contact AIC Vice-President and General Session Program Chair Suzanne Davis at Include a proposed title, length and format (for pre-sessions), and a brief description of the topics to be covered. Multi-disciplinary topics are encouraged. Those proposing a sub-topic for a concurrent general session must be willing to serve on the General Session Program Committee. Please email your ideas to Suzanne Davis by July 2, 2019.

2020 Call for Presentations for Main Conference

AIC is seeking abstracts for three separate Calls for Presentations for our 2020 annual meeting. All abstracts should be no more than 500 words with a separate 300-word biography. The three calls include:

  • Opening General Session – for 2020 we are seeking short, idea-focused talks that address the concept of Navigating Change. Following a format begun in 2019, these 12-minute talks should include only a few slides in a style similar to TED talks. We hope to feature talks from a diversity of voices and perspectives, addressing big-picture issues in conservation and collections care. Please note that submitting an idea-focused talk to the opening session does not preclude submission of a separate abstract to the concurrent general sessions or to the specialty group sessions.
  • Concurrent General Session, Specialty Session, and Poster Session – Abstracts submitted to the main conference for concurrent or specialty/network sessions should conform to AIC's standard arrangement of no more than 2 speakers presenting in a 30-minute time slot. If you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster presentation, you must select “poster” as one of your choices in the abstract form. Unless you are submitting a topic only for consideration as a poster, please select poster as your third choice. For abstracts submitted only to the poster session, please select “poster” for all choices. The review of poster abstracts follows the review of talk abstracts.
  • Pre-meeting or Lunch-time Sessions – AIC also considers topics for a half-day pre-meeting session or for 60- to 90-minute panel presentations that don’t really fit in the other categories for pre-sessions or lunchtime programing.

All abstracts are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019. Please check the call for submissions webpage regularly for updated information. The abstract submission portal will be open in late July.

Call for Meeting Workshop Proposals

We work to develop workshops of high quality and on a broad range of topics to enhance continuing education for conservation professionals. Workshops may focus on specific materials, specialties, or processes useful to the conservation profession at large; adapt knowledge from allied professions that is pertinent to a general conservation audience; advance the field of conservation; or focus on skills useful to conservators as a refresher course.

Each workshop requires a topic, instructor(s), and host (this may be the meeting host hotel or conference center, or a lab near the meeting location). You can submit a proposal to identify one, some, or all of these components.