Since 1961 IIC congresses have been an essential part of the conservation calendar, providing a forum for the exchange of views and exploration of current practice, as well as the chance for conservation professionals across the world to meet and establish links.
The Edinburgh 2020 Congress ‘Current Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation’—our first congress held entirely online—was a great success, bringing together over 2000 heritage professionals, representing 89 countries online to discuss the latest developments in conservation and to consider how the field might develop in the future. Work on the 2022 Congress is well under way for Wellington, New Zealand. Looking further ahead, IIC’s Council are now inviting expressions of interest in hosting the 30th biennial Congress in 2024. This is the chance to bring an international group of conservators, scientists, curators, registrars and other professionals—including those well established in their career and those just at the beginning—to debate a topic of interest, of concern and of fascination to us all.
It is essential that the 2024 IIC Congress is hosted in a location with a relevant heritage backdrop to the event and is accessible to our international membership. The host must be able to demonstrate institutional and partnership commitments and be in a position to offer the support needed to deliver a major international conference as a hybrid event. IIC looks to engage with the local heritage conservation profession as well as generating an international legacy of engagement, research and furtherance of best practice. The venue should also provide the opportunity for our international community to meet (online and in-person), discuss and plan for the future of our shared heritage.
Submission Process and Timeline
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) should be sent to the IIC office at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 August 2021.
Initial EOIs should be around 2 sides of A4 excluding any visual material, which can be submitted as supplementary information, outlining:
- the local partners (institutions, local conservator networks etc) proposed for the Local Organising Committee (LOC) with previous experience of hosting international conferences and events,
- location, suitability (inc. proximity of hotel accomodation at different budgets) and digital infrastructure for hosting a large hybrid event,
- potential dates, topic areas and opportunities for legacy, engagement and impact.
IIC Council will be meeting in September 2021 to review EOI's received, we anticipate inviting 2-3 to submit full proposals for early January 2022 for a decision by the end of February 2022.
Please note IIC plans to announce the host country at the IIC Wellington Congress in September 2022.