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Call for Submissions

The American Institute for Conservation's 47th Annual Meeting will take place in New England, May 13–17, 2019, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Learn more about the Annual Meeting, including information on exhibiting!


What's New This Year?

Opening General Session – Advance and Inspire (TED-style talks)

For 2019, we have a special call for presentations in the opening session. These talks should be short, idea-focused presentations that address the opening session’s theme of “Advance and Inspire.” Talk format should be 15 minutes in length or less, and presentations can include a few slides, in a style similar to TED talks. The program committee is seeking a diversity of voices and perspectives in the opening session, as well as talks that will foster learning or inspire conversation. (See Debra Hess Norris presenting a University of Delaware TEDx talk below.)



2019 Call for Papers: General Session Theme

'New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care'

Are conservation professionals innovators? We think so. From developing new approaches to conservation treatment and preventive care, to utilizing cutting-edge technological research, to examining how cultural heritage is defined and valued, conservation professionals are innovative, dynamic, forward-looking agents of change. And, how does collaboration with related fields and allied professionals influence the dynamics of the conservation – innovation process? 

We seek papers that explore all types of new work: practical, method-focused treatment projects; advances in collections care and management; discoveries in conservation science; and conservation initiatives that intentionally have a positive impact on communities. In 2019, let’s come together to share new ideas for solving conservation and collections care problems large and small.

The call for papers is now closed. However, late abstracts will be accepted on a case by case basis. Please contact rseyler@culturalheritage.org if you need to submit a late abstract.