IIC to exhibit LIVE in the Green Zone at COP26 - plus a global programme

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We are delighted to announce that IIC has been chosen to exhibit LIVE in the Green Zone exhibition at COP26, Glasgow (10 - 11 November 2021).  We will be running a global programme, representing conservators  and the wider conservation profession at this major world climate event, where we will talk to world leaders, COP delegates and the public. 

We are keen for all conservators, and IIC members in particular, to feel included in and represented by this event. We will be in touch with members over the next few weeks with a variety of ways you can get involved.

Connecting knowledge : COP26 Edit-a-Thon (live and online)

We are organising a 24-hour global edit-a-thon, 10 - 11 November, of the world's largest encyclopedia - Wikipedia, focused on Cultural Heritage Conservation Sustainability and Climate Action themes.  Working in partnership with universities and training institutions around the planet,  we will be bringing together students and researchers from conservation courses, with each group taking up the baton to add new material in two-hour-long sprints.

Participants from Mexico to South Africa  will connect new and existing knowledge, demonstrating the power of collective intelligence and removing barriers to  knowledge by having a resource open to all. The edit-a-thon will be launched live from our stand at Glasgow. You will also be able to watch through our website and social media platforms, as we track the progress of the edit-a-thon around the world.

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Sign up to take part in the Edit-a-Thon

You can sign up to take part in one of the two hour sprints as part of the  Edit-a-Thon, including registering for the editing training sessions  here.

Editing training sessions and access to online materials, you can choose to attend either:

  • 8am (BST) on Monday 25th October; or
  • 5pm (BST) on Monday 25th October

For those not able to attend the sessions, we will share access to online training material that can be viewed at any time.

The Edit-a-Thon will take place in multiple languages, the training sessions will be in English although the team is working on translating materials to support participants in preferred languages.

Exhibition and Networking event

Capturing Conservation on Film:  The Climate Emergency 

The work of conservators brings us into every possible setting - from remote archaeological sites in forests or deserts,  to museums and iconic buildings in towns and cities. This gives us a unique insight into how the climate emergency is affecting cultural heritage and the wider environment, whether that's through the destabilisation of whole sites, or collections affected by incursions by insects and temperature changes.

As the centrepiece of our stand in Glasgow, we plan to bring together a film of conservation work across the world that addresses the climate emergency. It will be stitched together from one to three-minute films from conservators working in multiple environments across the world: a visually arresting picture of settings from stately homes to remote regions. If you are an IIC member, we will be in touch before the end of August 2021, with a brief for contributions and a chance to put your work in front of the world at COP26.

We will also be streaming the completed film through our website and across social media to reach the widest audience.

Joint Commitment for Climate Action 

Presenting at COP26 offers a number of opportunities. We will promote the work of conservators to a wide audience, describing what we do and why it is even more important in the light of the climate emergency. We will be showing how far the profession has already come in lowering its own carbon footprint, and protecting threatened collections and sites.

But COP26 will also be an inflection point for ourselves - to gather resources through our edit-a-thon for future action, and to consider the huge task we have in the next ten years, when we will need to transform our practice, doing our part to protect heritage and keep the world from warming beyond 1.5 degrees.

We will abe organising a post exhibition ‘open door’ online networking event for our members, supported by partner organising committees where we will also discuss  the Joint Commitment for Climate Action with ICCROM and ICOM-CC, and how you can show your support. 

A registration form to attend the netwoking event will be posted on this page at the end of October.