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.
Any individual, organization, or AIC specialty group or committee may submit a proposal using the online workshop proposal form. It is recommended that the FAIC Education Coordinator be contacted during the planning stages. Forms submitted by mid-August are prioritized for the following calendar year. Proposals are reviewed by the Education Coordinator, AIC Board Director of Professional Education and Training, and AIC Education and Training Committee (ETC), with input from specialty group leaders as appropriate.
Each workshop requires a topic, instructor(s), and host (facilities and a staff member that will act as the local coordinator). You can submit a proposal to identify one, some, or all of these components.
Workshops at the AIC Annual Meeting follow separate guidelines and process - learn more about how to submit a proposal for an Annual Meeting workshop.
Criteria for Review
ETC developed a set of criteria to help prioritize topics for our professional development workshops. Proposed workshops should:
- Be accessible - offered in a way that includes members from all parts of the U.S., through scholarships, offerings in multiple locations, and/or distance learning technologies.
- Be affordable - at a registration fee of roughly $150 per day.
- Be led by recognized experts in the subject, who are also effective instructors.
- Help advance the conservation profession and respond to identified needs of AIC membership.
- Be based on the best research available.
- Cross multiple specialty groups' interests when feasible.
- Target mid-career practicing conservators - priority given to keeping conservation professionals up to date with advances since their initial training.
- Focus on hands-on training, when appropriate.
- Follow “best practices,” including AIC Code of Ethics, AIC Guidelines, and health and safety considerations.
- Not be readily available elsewhere.