Annual Meeting

Fifty years after the Arno River breached its banks, the theme for AIC's 44th Annual Meeting and CAC-ACCR 42nd Annual Conference is...

Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation

The meeting will be held from Friday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, Canada.  

Meeting Theme

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for General or Specialty Group Sessions that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.

Response 

...can consider immediate reactions, such as the application of crowd-mapping technology to aid response efforts, as well as longer term developments stemming from disasters, such as the adoption of simple strategies: Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail, effective risk assessment methodologies, the rapid transformation of damaged artifacts into objects of veneration, or thanks to social media today, the repercussions of instantaneous visibility of destruction.  

Preparing for Disasters

...can include, in addition to situations caused by natural disasters, accidents, terrorist activities, and climate change, even well-intended, but misguided interventions that elicit global amusement and/or outrage. 

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Confronting the Unexpected

...can involve surprises encountered along the way in any treatment and can be expanded to include all stakeholders, even future ones, who are affected by a disaster.  Communities affected can cross geographic boundaries, social and economic populations, cultural and historical perspectives, and inter-disciplinary expertise.

What People Are Saying

Here are just some of the comments we've heard from past Annual Meeting attendees:

"Excellent presentations!"

"The relevance and the wide range of the lecture program (I often wished to be able to clone myself to attend different lectures simultaneously...) Many Thanks to all the organizers !!"

"Excellent papers overall. One of the best meetings that I've ever attended."

"I was very happy to attend and happy that [AIC] does the meetings. Great experience."

"It was an outstanding meeting. I was only able to attend two days, but all arrangements were splendid and the talks of a high caliber.

"The AIC staff was friendly and helpful from the moment I met some new faces at the registration counter and throughout the conference. The conference seemed to run very smoothly…"

"The informal and approachable way the conference adopts makes the experience relaxed but very informative."

"Great, as usual."

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Annual Meeting in Pictures

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Montreal Fun Facts

 Habitat 67 was built as a pavilion for Expo 67. Conceived by architect Moshe Safdie it is one of the most recognizable buildings in Montreal. It is comprised of 354 identical prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations up to 12 stories high. There are now 156 residences – many with multiple forms – and all with at least one private terrace.
  1. Montreal has a long human history stretching back over 8,000 years. It wasn’t until 1535 that the first European – Jacques Cartier – laid eyes on what is today Montreal. Then 70 years later Samuel de Champlain set about creating a fur trading post. In 1642 the first real colony named Ville Marie was established.
  2. The Hochelaga Archipelago, also known as the Montreal Islands sit at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. There are over two hundred islands, the largest being the Island of Montreal; it forms the main city of Montreal.
  3. The population of metropolitan Montreal in 2011 was 3,824,221.
  4. Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. It was the largest city until sometime in the 70’s when Toronto took over the title.
  5. Montreal is one of the five largest French speaking cities in the world. Paris is first.
  6. Montreal has a flag with five symbols. The cross represents Christian principles. The fleur-de-lis is for the French, the shamrock for the Irish, the thistle for the Scottish and the Lancastrian rose for the English.
  7. Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.
  8. Montreal is a UNESCO city of design. (Others in that category include Kobe, Shanghai, Seoul, Graz, Berlin, Nagoya, Saint-Etienne, Buenos Aires and Shenzhen.)
  9. No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on the Mount Royal Mountain.
  10. There are nine bridges surrounding the city of Montreal.
  11. There are 4,445 licensed taxis in Montreal.
  12. The Montreal Subway has 68 stations over four lines.
  13. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Montreal was -37.8 C (-36) on January 15, 1957. The record low with windchill was -49.1 C (-56 F) on January 23. 1976.
  14. On average it snows 60 days a year in Montreal. It rains on average every month of the year too.
  15. The Underground City – a series of interconnected tunnels beneath Montreal runs for over 32 kms (20 mi). In the winter over 500,000 people use the tunnels on a daily basis. The tunnels connect shopping malls, museums, universities, hotels, banks, offices and seven metro stations.
  16. Montreal is home to the world famous Cirque du Soleil.
  17. Montreal was home to the 1976 Summer Olympics. They were the first Olympics ever held in Canada.
  18. Montreal played host to Expo 67 – considered to be the most successful world’s fair in the twentieth century. 
  19. Habitat 67 was built as a pavilion for Expo 67. Conceived by architect Moshe Safdie it is one of the most recognizable buildings in Montreal. It is comprised of 354 identical prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations up to 12 stories high. There are now 156 residences – many with multiple forms – and all with at least one private terrace.
  20. John Lennon’s song – Give peace a chance – was written in Montreal during a Bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on June 1, 1969.
  21. Montreal is home to several professional sports teams including the Montreal Canadiens – an NHL team, the Montreal Expos – a baseball team, the Montreal Alouettes – a CFL team and Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer.
  22. There are more than 350 kilometers of bike paths in Montreal.
- Adapted from hikebiketravel.com