2022 Keck Award – Call for Nominations

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Have you run a project that helps the public appreciate and understand conservation?

Apply, or nominate others, for our 2022 Keck Award
Virtual and in-person projects are eligible

Communicating to the public everything that is involved in the art and science of conservation has always been a skill in itself. But it has been a particular challenge over the past couple of years, when lockdown restrictions have sometimes made it difficult to even access our workplaces.

Therefore, as we offer our 2022 Keck Award for work extending public understanding of conservation - we will be particularly on the look out for plans that managed to go ahead, often in modified form, despite Covid-19.

We list some past winners below - many of which blended on and offline outreach. But we also encourage applications from all-virtual projects in this round. We invite you to nominate projects run by you or your institution - or pass this information along to those whose work you have admired. We welcome both well conceived small projects and those from larger institutions.

Whatever the format, we believe that promoting public understanding, storytelling, and appreciation of conservation,  has been an increasingly important way to inform, inspire, and contextualise the work of our profession in these times.

About the award

The IIC Keck Award was generously endowed by Sheldon and Caroline Keck to commemorate their shared lives of distinguished achievement in conservation. The award is presented every two years at the IIC Congress to the individual or group who has, in the opinion of IIC Council, contributed most towards promoting public understanding of conservation and engagement with the accomplishments of the conservation profession.

Past winners

You can find out more about previous winners here. There is a short film from our 2020 winner, the Storage, Conservation and Restoration Department at Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage, which generated great public interest in its conservation of sport artefacts with work ranging from school visits to social media outreach. Previous winners have promoted conservation of everything from the huge Rode Altarpiece at St Nicholas' Church Tallinn, to the skeleton of a blue whale.

A generous prize to support your future work

The award consists of a certificate and a prize of £2500, which will be presented online at the next biennial IIC Wellington Congress 2022, 5-9 September 2022, on the topic of Conservation and Change: Adaptation, Response and Leadership

Simple application process

If you would like to propose a project, whether your own work, institution or organisation, or the work of others, please send your nomination to the IIC office to arrive by Monday 9 May 2022 (5pm BST).

The nomination should include the name, job title and professional address of the individual (or of all the partners in a group project) and should include the following: -

  • a statement of between 500 and 1000 words describing the nominee’s public outreach and engagement activities
  • plus two or three photographs in support of this statement.
  • If available, please give us an outline of supporting material available - for example, publications, websites, videos, or evidence of media coverage. We might ask for these at a later date.

Please send your proposal to iic@iiconservation.org with the words ‘Keck Award’ in the subject line.

Special note: the winning nomination will be asked to supply a 5-minute recording celebrating the project and award, to be shown during the Closing Ceremony of the Congress. Let us know if you would like help or support from IIC in creating this.

Monday, 9 May, 2022 - 17:00