Winner announced for our First-Time Author Essay Prize

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Ann Marlene Gagnon wins the prize for her first piece for Studies in Conservation, awarded by IIC and Taylor and Francis.

For the past year, the International Institute for Conservation and publisher Taylor and Francis have been running the First-Time Author Essay Prize to encourage early career conservators to make submissions of significant new work to Studies in Conservation, the leading journal for the conservation profession.

Publication in Studies can be a significant landmark in a conservator’s career, and we wanted to prompt more of our emerging colleagues to take that leap.

Over the past year, all major papers accepted by Studies in Conservation were considered for the prize where the lead author was being published in the journal for the first time. Papers were judged by Director of Publications Joyce Townsend, Executive Director Sarah Stannage and News in Conservation Editor Sharra Grow.

Ann Marlene Gagnon was selected from a strong field of authors for her research paper “Fabrication of an Ultrasonic Nebulizer: Rate of Flow and Performance Studies”.

Joyce Townsend said:

“This is a practical paper that addresses an issue faced by conservators working with many different types of object: what to do when a good tool for the treatment in hand simply doesn’t exist. By mid-career, many are just too busy working in their institution, or running their own business, to take the time out to invent what is needed, and then share their ideas.”

Sharra Grow remarked on Gagnon’s paper:

“Ann Marlene Gagnon’s paper is an excellent example of how to explain the complex using clear language and diagrams. Not only is the research applicable to a wide variety of specialties in the field, it is also presented here in a way that makes the research of immediate and practical use to the reader; a mark many well-researched papers often miss.”

The prize consists of Studies in Conservation publishing partner Taylor and Francis generously allowing free access to the winning paper for 1 year, with both IIC and Taylor and Francis promoting the paper. This year marked the first, but certainly not the last, First-Time Author Essay Prize, and it is neither too early nor too late to nominate papers for next year’s prize.

Sarah Stannage, Executive Director of IIC said:

 “It’s important to us to offer opportunities for conservators and cultural heritage professionals at every stage of their careers, and being published in conservation’s most important journal is a milestone for many. We hope this prize will encourage more professionals to take the leap and submit a first piece – and help us to draw attention to the very best new ideas.”

You can read the winning paper here: