THE 2018 IG Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Conservators for research on saliva

On September 13 in CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, honoring achievements that first make people laugh, and then think, were awarded at Harvard University's historic Sanders Theatre tonight before 1,100 spectators in a ceremony filled with paper airplanes, hearts, and ten-trillion dollar bills.

This was the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Most of the new winners journeyed to Harvard — at their own expense — to accept their Prizes. Each winning team also received cash — a ten-trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.

Studies in Conservation 2018 Resource Page

George Cooper, Taylor & Francis Managing Editor for Jounrals Exhibition Hall, IIC Turin 2018 Congress. Image taken by Sharra Grow.

Check out the Studies in Conservation 2018 resource page on the Taylor & Francis website:

Here you can find free articles, open access articles, and supplemental material. These Studies in Conservation supplements, sponsored by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, will be of special interest to those attending inArt2018, ChemCH 2018, and related conferences.

Symposium and Call for Papers: Conserving Canvas Symposium

With funding from the Getty Foundation as part of its Conserving Canvas initiative, the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale University will hold an international symposium on the conservation of canvas paintings on October 15-18, 2019, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The symposium will address historical approaches to and theories of the structural treatment of canvas paintings; current methods, materials, and research, both practical and scientific; and the challenges facing the structural conservation of modern and contemporary works.

15 Oct 2019 to 18 Oct 2019
12 Nov 2018

Head of Finance and Membership Services

We are looking for a Head of Finance and Membership Services to join our ambitious organisation.

This is an exciting new role working with the Executive Team, the Head of Finance and Membership Services will be responsible for the overall financial management, including grant and donor funding management, membership services, business analysis and reporting of IIC in line with our charitable status, purpose and values as a prestigious Learned Society and professional membership organisation.

Application deadline: 
20 Sep 2018

Book Review: Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals

Book cover for Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals, edited by Mercedes Sánchez Pons, Will Shank, Laura Fuster López. Image courtesy of Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Review by Dr. Zsuzsanna Wierdl

"Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals"
Edited by Mercedes Sánchez Pons, Will Shank, Laura Fuster López,
New Castle upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015
English and Spanish / $107.95 / Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781443872331

In Memoriam: Karen Finch, FIIC

Karen Finch working with students at the Textile Conservation Centre. © Textile Conservation Foundation

By Frances Lennard

Dr Karen Finch, OBE who died aged 96 on 15 April 2018, was a pioneer in the field of textile conservation.

2018 IIC Keck Award Nominations

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2018 IIC Keck Award. Every two years the award is offered to the individual or group who, in the opinion of IIC Council, has done the most to further the public appreciation of the work of the conservation profession. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of £1000, which will be presented at IIC’s 27th Biennial Congress in Turin this September.


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