'Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation'


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On behalf of the Council of IIC and the Local Organising Committee, we invite you to join our 28th biennial Congress in Edinburgh from 2 - 6 November 2020, entitled Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation.

We know these are worrying times and we’re all trying to adapt to a rapidly changing situation. The Local Organising Committee have convened an operational planning group to support our response to Covid-19, including looking at ways to facilitate virtual attendance. We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and to develop protocols in line with World Health Organisation guidelines –we’ll keep all the latest updates and information about registrations on this website.

IIC’s Biennial Congresses are always a major event in the conservation calendar, and this year’s promises to continue that tradition. Just as previous IIC Congresses have become landmarks in the development of the profession, for example Ottawa in 1994 and Turin in 2018 on Preventive Conservation, Los Angeles in 2016 on Contemporary Art, so we expect Edinburgh 2020 to become a significant milestone. Our theme is the conservation of built heritage, a subject area with which many conservators are either directly involved or interface, and on which we have not previously held a major conference. And what better place to explore the conservation of built heritage than in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Edinburgh. We shall be meeting in an historic structure, the McEwan Hall, itself the subject of a major conservation project in 2015 - 2017, which we shall be hearing about during the conference.

IIC Congresses are renowned for the quality of their papers, but also for the quality of the event itself, providing an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of conservator networks. The Local Organising Committee for Edinburgh, supported by the IIC Congress Technical committee have put together an outstanding program of technical papers, exhibition, posters and social events.

We look forward to you participating in what promises to be an extraordinary Congress week.

Julian Bickersteth
President IIC