Designing for Research Impact

August 29, 2017

Research is a communicative process.  Its value is enhanced through knowledge exchange and incorporation into practice. Though impact has always been the primary motivation for research, designing research that generates impact beyond academia is not straightforward. It takes time, commitment, and a supportive working environment.

To explore the issue of heritage science impact and how this can be strengthened, ICCROM coordinated a workshop on 20 June at the 3rd International Conference for Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), held on 19-20 June 2017 at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

The workshop focused on current aspirations for inclusive research design and how to put them into practice.  It was structured in two parts: a panel discussion that brought together key research stakeholders from within and beyond the heritage science sector, and a group work exercise. A central point of reference was the generation of non-academic impact.

The sessions focused on what makes research impactful and how that is achieved. It also explored issues of diversity and the building of strong collaborative partnerships beyond academia for heritage research and preservation. Continue reading…

ICCROM – ATHAR Award: call for applications

August 23, 2017

ICCROM – ATHAR Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Arab Region

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah (ICCROM-ATHAR) invites applications for the Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Arab Region, 2017. This Biennial Award seeks to honour and reward outstanding work that contributes to the protection and vitality of tangible cultural heritage in the Arab world.

The Award reflects ICCROM-ATHAR’s commitment to:

  • help safeguard the cultural heritage of the Arab region;
  • promote international ethics in the practice of tangible heritage conservation;
  • facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience across borders;
  • enhance public awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage;
  • encourage excellence through example.

The Award is organized in two stages. The first stage is an open competition resulting in nominations for exemplary projects. Between eight and 15 nominated projects will be selected that reflect the quality and variety of the applications. The nominated projects will then be put forward for the second stage. Representatives of the nominated projects will be invited to present to an independent panel of internationally renowned experts who will select the winner. The nominated projects will be exhibited at the Award event and published by ICCROM. Continue reading…

Survey for Preventive Conservation

August 22, 2017

checklistOver the past 30 years, much has changed in how we as professionals access resources and tools to help us solve problems encountered in our day-to-day work.

ICCROM and the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) have a long history of collaboration on issues concerning preventive conservation. They are now conducting research on the development of preventive conservation tools and resources for collections professionals.

In this aim, ICCROM has developed a short survey to understand how you prefer to access this information, and how you use it. If you are a professional that works with collections, who advises institutions with collections, or who studies or conducts research in preventive conservation, we want to hear from you!

This survey is anonymous and will only take five minutes. The deadline is 7 September 2017.

Take the survey now

Thanks for participating!


ICCROM at the inauguration ceremony of Iran’s President

August 18, 2017

ICCROM at the inauguration ceremony of Iran’s PresidentOn 5 August, the Director-General of ICCROM, Dr Stefano De Caro, had the honour to attend the inauguration ceremony of Hassan Rouhani for his second term as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. De Caro’s attendance came at the invitation of the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, through its Embassy in Rome.

“Iran presents an impressive wealth of cultural heritage in terms of magnificent mosques and monuments, historic cities, archaeological sites and a rich and varied culture. I am well aware of the remarkable efforts Iran makes to preserve and share its heritage,” said De Caro on the event. “I congratulate President Rouhani on his re-election and his commitment to openness and international dialogue.” Continue reading…

Roberto Conforti, 1938-2017

August 7, 2017

Roberto Conforti

Roberto Conforti, General of the Carabinieri Corps for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (CC-TPC), passed away on 26 July 2017.  He was 79 years old, and had more than 42 years of service in the Corps.

Conforti’s long career with the Carabinieri began in 1961.  After serving in many regions of Italy, he was posted to Lazio in 1985, where he took part in multiple initiatives against organized crime.  In 1991 Conforti was named to the command of the Protection Unit for Artistic Heritage (Nucleo Protezione del Patrimonio Artistico – CC-TPC), which he commanded until his retirement on 1 September 2002.

Conforti’s Protection Unit traced and recovered thousands of works taken from museums, archives, churches, archaeological sites and private spaces, in Italy as well as in several foreign states.  Some noteworthy works were the Nomentum Slab with its dedication to the Emperor Hadrian, and the Capitoline Triad which the Unit returned to the Rodolfo Lanciani Civic Archaeological Museum, as well as Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings Le Jardinier et L’Arlésienne. Continue reading…

Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills

July 25, 2017

ICCROM International Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science
10 – 21 July 2017. Rome, Italy

Course participants

ICCROM’s third instalment of the International Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science, 10 – 21 July 2017 in Rome, has recently been concluded. This two-week course brought together conservation professionals from 25 different countries and a range of professional backgrounds to investigate and explore alternative approaches to teaching and learning about conservation and science, while examining existing practices in the field.

Conservation education programmes and professional development activities are often under pressure to teach more in less time. New didactic methods, concepts and tools are needed to design and implement learning activities for maximum results. By innovating and using proven effective modalities to tackle the core concepts of conservation and science, common challenges can be seen through a new lens, and learning can be moved from the laboratory to the everyday world around us.

Through a series of interactive sessions in the ICCROM classroom and throughout Rome, course participants spent an intensive two weeks balancing rigour with the right touch of fun. The result was a diverse group of conservation professionals now equipped with new perspectives and new energy to revisit conventional teaching methods and give them a greater impact.

The course began with a discussion on the assumptions that conservation practitioners make about each other. Unpacking these assumptions introduced an element of self-questioning, and set the scene for greater openness in teaching and learning. With that as a starting point, participants explored the effectiveness and suitability of various learning modalities in conservation.  They discussed what it means to be interdisciplinary within the conservation field and how this can best be accomplished. Continue reading…

Sustaining Sound and Image Collections (SOIMA 2017)

July 19, 2017

From 9 to 23 July 2017 in Accra, Ghana

Photos, films, audio and video records capture memories, creative expressions and vital scientific data. “Wherever the collections of these records exist, they are being used to create jobs, feed research and provide multidimensional narratives of our past and present,” says Dr Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General.

To discuss these topics, the 2017 SOIMA International Course on Sustaining Sound and Image Collections has brought together 17 participants from 12 countries at the Institute of African Studies and the J.H. Kwabena Nketia Archives at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. The shared objective is to exchange knowledge on sustaining sound and image heritage, which is threatened by constantly changing technologies and the lack of cohesive institutional policies.

This course, which runs from 9 to 23 July 2017, was conceived by ICCROM in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies and with the cooperation of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Ghana’s National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), the International Council on Archives (ICA), and the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA).

Group photo

During the two-week intensive course, participants have engaged in activities ranging from group discussions, hands-on activities and structured learning exercises.  The shared topics include defining what audiovisual heritage is, why should we preserve it, and how can we use it for creative purposes. This learning opportunity focuses on a case study at the J.H. Kwamena Nketia Archive, which was founded to study the vibrant oral heritage of Ghana. This archive is led by a former SOIMA participant, Judith Opoku-Boateng, who is now sharing the fruits of her labor with other participants. Continue reading…

Request For Proposal: Mora Sample Collection

June 28, 2017

Heritage Science: Mora Sample Collection

Deadline extended to 16 August!

ICCROM holds a valuable collection of material samples donated by Paolo and Laura Mora, internationally renowned conservators involved in the coordination of ICCROM’s Mural Painting Conservation course along with numerous technical missions and campaigns.

ICCROM is initiating a project to rearrange, describe / catalogue and properly rehouse the collection. The main aims of the project are to have an overall knowledge and control over the material samples, to guarantee their safety and security, and to make samples accessible and useful to a wide community of researchers via a digital catalogue on ICCROM’s website.

ICCROM invites interested professionals (scientists/conservators/archivists) with experience in this type of work to prepare a proposal for the reorganization and description of the Mora sample collection. You may find the Request for Proposal here. The deadline has been extended to 16 August 2017.

In 1959 ICCROM was founded as a Centre for promoting diverse approaches to the conservation in the heritage field, including the mural painting sector. Two leaders in this area, Paolo and Laura Mora, collected samples all over the world during almost 20 years of activity, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Their goal was to study and research the different mural painting techniques used by different cultures in their artistic expression. These two conservators thereby generated a valuable and already historic scientific collection composed of material samples.

The Mora sample collection is composed of around 1,400 material samples (fragments of mural paintings, plaster, stone, ceramics, etc; cross as well as thin sections). Continue reading…

Course report – Linking Nature and Culture, Røros Mining Town

June 22, 2017

Course report – Linking Nature and Culture, Røros Mining Town

The International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management took place at Røros Mining Town and the Circumference World Heritage Site in Norway from 6 to 16 June 2017.

This ground-breaking course is a key component of the new World Heritage Leadership programme developed by ICCROM, IUCN and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.  It is implemented in collaboration with ICOMOS and  UNESCO World Heritage Centre, with additional financial contributions from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

The World Heritage Leadership Programme (WHLP) is aimed at fostering good conservation and management practice in the field as a catalyst to broader knowledge creation, new learning resources and improvements in international heritage policy. Continue reading…