The fifth, IIC Student & Emerging Conservator Conference was held at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) on 12 - 14 September 2019.
We are delighted that CICS brought together students, emerging conservators and emerging conservation professionals as well as those from related disciplines from all over the world.
The conference had the same successful format as the last four IIC-S&ECCs in London (2011), Copenhagen (2013), Warsaw (2015) and Bern (2017). There were hosted panel discussions, studio visits and social events, all of which offered invaluable networking opportunities. The format also enabled the next generation of conservation professionals to gain valuable information and advice from our invited speakers who are already walking their professional paths.
The conference's title is “The Conservator’s Reflection”. This title is meant to be ambiguous: how do we see ourselves as conservation professionals? How are we seen by others, both by colleagues in institutions and by the general public? In addition to these panel sessions, participants visited the workrooms of the Cologne Institute for Conservation Sciences and also enjoy guided tours at some of Cologne’s finest museums and historic sites.
IIC's Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences are biennial events, initiated in 2011, with the aim of providing a meeting platform for conservation students and recent graduates to discuss their professional goals, needs and expectations at the outset of their careers with their peers and with those further on in their conservation careers, to connect internationally and to inspire the development of plans with broadened horizons.