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Conservation with Head, Hands and Heart

Bern, 12th & 13th October 2017

IIC’s Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences aim to create a platform where conservation students and young conservators from around the world, and those in allied disciplines and professions, can meet to discuss their aims, needs and expectations at the outset of their careers. The conferences allow the next generation of conservation professionals to learn from the experience and advice of professionals and share their plans for their futures.

Following on from the successful previous Student & Emerging Conservator Conferences in London (2011), Copenhagen (2011) and Warsaw (2015) we are delighted to announce the fourth conference will take place in Bern in October 2017. As with the previous conferences, the 2017 Bern event will be held over two days and consist of moderated panel discussions, studio visits and social events, all designed to allow for the maximum in networking and information exchange opportunities.

The title of the 2017 conference is inspired by the Swiss educational philosopher Joachim Pestalozzi, whose credo of 'Learning with Head, Heart, and Hands' is also very applicable to the conservation profession.

The current plans for the two days are:

Thursday 12 October, Session 1:
Head – Scientific Research / Conservation Science and its Application

  • How are scientific research and conservation science applied to the profession and how do they support conservation and restoration practice?

Friday 13 October, Session 2:
Hands – Conservation / Restoration in Practice

  • The development of practical and theoretical skills during a career and opportunities and perspectives on specialisation in conservation and in related fields

Friday 13 October, Session 3:
Heart – Passion and Communication in Conservation

  • How does one communicate with an employer, how does one work in a team, what are the responsibilities? Self-confidence for an emerging conservator - and the question of appropriate salary

To allow a wide, international community of speakers and participants to take part in the conference, the sessions will also be available online as livestream broadcasts.

Further details will follow shortly – watch this space! We look forward to seeing you in Bern!