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IIC's Vice President Austin Nevin appointed as the Courtauld Institute's first Head of Conservation

Dr Austin Nevin

Our Vice President Dr Austin Nevin has been appointed as the Courtauld Institute's first Head of Conservation. IIC congratulates him on his new post.

In its announcement, the Courtauld writes:

"Building on The Courtauld’s long history as a centre of excellence in teaching both the conservation of easel paintings and the conservation of wall painting, Dr Nevin’s role will be to bring the two departments together, and to raise the profile of The Courtauld’s work in this area nationally and internationally."

Austin Nevin said:

IIC Congress 2020 Online: Getty Attendance Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, IIC are pleased to be able to offer 30 grants to enable practicing conservators to participate in this year’s IIC Edinburgh Congress 2020 online. Deadline for applications is 25 Sepetmber 2020.

Friday, 25 September, 2020

The French Regional Group of IIC (SFIIC) announces “CORE" journal reborn / Section Française de l’Institut International de Conservation : la revue CORE reparait

Journal cover. Image courtesy of SFIIC

Since the first issue, published in 1996, Coré has its place in the French landscape of journals dedicated to the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. In 2016, due to difficult circumstances, the new board of the SFIIC decided to stop its publication. Once a better functioning dynamic was restored, convinced of Coré's place in the professional community, the SFIIC set out to relaunch its publication under a renewed format, with a bi-annual online publication.

IIC Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Joyce Hill Stoner

Joyce Hill Stoner with Tracy Liu, paintings conservation major (WUDPAC Class of 2020). Photo credit to Evan Krape © University of Delaware.

The IIC Honorary Fellowship is a distinguished honor awarded in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to heritage conservation, with the first Honorary Fellowship awarded to Edward Forbes in 1958. Among the luminaries of our field who have received this are George Stout, Caroline and Sheldon Keck, and Paulo and Laura Mora, to name just a few. We highlight these names to you specifically as this year’s honoree has known and respected these individuals personally, along with many others who are listed as IIC Honorary Fellows.

The Future of Sustainability : Online Meeting

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This meeting is part of the Sustainability and Climate Action Challenge #Together We Make the Future.

The first introductory meeting online will enable participants to examine and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted us from the point of view of sustainability. What lessons have we learned? What positive impacts has this experience given us? In what ways can we continue some of this progress? What will be some of the major issues for incorporating sustainability when we return to work? How can we envision and ensure our future will be sustainable?

29 Jul 2020

IIC Congress Behind the Scenes: Student Poster Session

Logo courtesy of XpectralTEK

We are gearing up for the 2020 IIC Congress, and with registration now open and presenter selections being finalized, we thought this would be a great opportunity to give you some behind-the-scenes peeks of the whole process. In this issue, we will introduce you to the student poster committee and the amazing work they do to select and mentor congress poster presenters.

Izmir's historic Kerimaga mansion to undergo preservation

Old houses in the village of Birgi, in the province of Izmir, Turkey.  Photograph by Ozbalci/iStock.  Photo ID: 83558240. Original location:

Restoration work at the Kerimağa mansion located in Birgi, a historical quarter of western Turkey's İzmir province, has been inaugurated with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

China's Yungang Grottoes

Yungang Caves. Taken on July 31, 2011. Photographer Julie Laurent. Image licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Original image location:

In May Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Yungang Grottoes, located near Datong city in the Shanxi Province of China. The aim of this visit was to bring attention to this important cultural heritage site despite it being closed for several months due to COVID-19. President Xi called the Grottoes a “treasure of human civilization” and discussed projects past, present, and future to protect this important monument.

Latin America's indigenous peoples shield elders as COVID-19 threatens their cultural heritage

Indigenous Peruvian woman from the Chinchero District in the Andes Mountains demonstrating traditional weaving using locally produced and dyed wool. March 2016. Photograph by Robert R. Oxborrow.

Latin America’s 42 million indigenous people are already acutely aware of ongoing threats to their cultural heritage due to activities such as mining, oil extraction, and deforestation, but now the coronavirus has been added to the list. From the Andes to the Amazon, indigenous groups are closing access to their communities in order to protect their elders—the keepers of their cultural heritage—from COVID-19.


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