Book and Paper Group AIC 50th Annual Meeting

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Friday, 13 May, 2022 to Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
Friday, 17 September, 2021 - 23:59
Los Angeles

The Book and Paper Group (BPG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) seeks abstracts for the 50th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, May 13-17, 2022.

This year's Book and Paper Group sessions are expected to include:

• BPG session presentations
• BPG related programming during lunch sessions, and pre or post conference workshops.
• Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG)
• Library and Archives Conservation Discussion Group (LACDG)
• Wiki session
• BPG Evening Reception

Abstracts for BPG session presentations may be related to the 2022 meeting theme, Reflecting on the Past, Imagining the Future, may touch on the 50th Anniversary of AIC, or may address other aspects of the conservation of art on paper, archival materials, bound volumes, manuscripts, or similar materials. Abstracts are encouraged from anyone with an interest or role in conservation, including current BPG members, other Specialty Group members, and related professionals.

We also welcome proposals for panels or discussions on a theme. If you wish to propose a panel, please include the names of proposed panelists in your abstract, with a brief description of the topic or perspective each panellist will address.

Final scheduling will be determined at a later date, but all presentations will be either 15 or 25 minutes with additional time for questions. We hope a combination of differently timed talks will both enliven our program and allow for more time for discussion.

How to submit an abstract: This year we are using Firebird .For instructions on how to navigate Firebird, visit: To go directly to the abstract submission portal, visit: You will need to sign up to access Firebird. After signing up, select "My Submissions," which includes both talks and posters. AIC allows authors to prioritize three session types, including if you'd like to be considered for a talk and a poster.. Abstracts are 500 words maximum; Your submission should also include a separate speaker bio of no more than 300 words. The submission deadline is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 @ 11:59 PM.

AIC allows authors to prioritize three session types, including a preference for consideration to present your topic as a talk or as a poster. To be considered for the BPG specialty group sessions, please include "BPG" as one or more of your selections.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the BPG Abstract Selection Committee, which is composed of the BPG Program Chair, BPG Assistant Program Chair, and other BPG members selected to reflect a balance of expertise and specialties within our membership to the extent possible.

AIC has indicated that they are closely monitoring COVID-19 public health advice for its effect on the conference gathering. They have encouraged all who wish to submit an abstract to do so, even if you are unsure if you will be able to attend in person, and to please use the comments box in the abstract system to indicate any potential issues with your in-person attendance.

Please contact Katie Mullen, BPG Program Chair ( or Morgan Browning, BPG Assistant Program Chair ( with any questions.