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2018 Complete Program

How to Plan Your Meeting

AIC's annual meeting grows bigger each year. It's a fantastic way to enhance and share your knowledge about conservation and related topics, which networking and meeting new friends. If you can plan to be in Houston for five or more days, you might schedule events as follows. Note that paid events require registration fees in addition to your base registration.

Day-by-Day Schedule

Tuesday, May 29

  • A full-day Symposium on The Current Use of Leather in Book Conservation
  • One or two of our 8 workshops
  • One or two of our 7 tours (more to come!).

Wednesday, May 30

  •  A full-day Symposium on Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?
  • One or two of our 8 workshops
  • One or two of our 7 tours (more to come!)
  • Exhibit Hall Reception - meet the exhibitors before the show!

Thursday, May 31

  • Opening General Session, then choose from 9 specialty topic concurrent sessions
  • Specialty Group receptions

Friday, June 1

  • Nine specialty topic concurrent sessions, then choose from 4 general session tracks 
  • All-Attendee Reception at the MFAH

Saturday, June 2

  • Nine specialty topic concurrent sessions
  • Closing session on mistakes

Program Types


General Session

Our general session contains talks that address our meeting theme, "Material Matters 2018." We will be offering several general session tracks on Day 2 of the meeting, including:
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Specialty Tracks

Specialty Tracks delve more specifically into this year's theme and explore topics pertaining to different aspects of conservation. Joint sessions address the intersection of those specialties.

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Book and Paper
  • Collection Care
  • Electronic Media
  • Natural History
  • Objects
  • Paintings
  • Photographic Materials
  • Research and Technical Studies
  • Sustainability
  • Textiles
  • Wooden Artifacts
  • Symposia/Pre-Sessions  

    We are excited to offer unique sessions before the three primary meeting days.  For a glimpse into our newest format, visit our symposia below:

  • The Current Use of Leather in Book Conservation
  • Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?
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    Posters are available for you to view throughout the meeting. Read their respective abstracts at the end of the Abstract Book to familiarize yourself with the topics. Authors are usually available at a certain time during the meeting for a Q & A Session.

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    We are pleased to offer subsidized or at-cost workshops and seminars at the Annual Meeting, often in partnership with AIC groups, other organizations, and funding agencies. A special registration rate is available for those wishing to attend only a workshop, not the duration of the Annual Meeting.

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    Join us early in Houston for two days of tours before the meeting begins! Many tours sell out fast. Early in March, AIC will need to decide if a tour needs to be canceled, based on the number of people registered for each tour. Register early to secure your spot and to help AIC determine interest in the tours. 

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    Program Committee

    The 2018 Program Committee has planned the general sessions, pre-sessions, and poster session. Specialty topic sessions also included program committees selected by each specialty group/network's vice chair or program chair.

    Meet the committee

    'Sched'-ule your Event

    Use our online calendar tool, Sched, to create your own unique plan for your meeting experience. Sched also allows you to see who else is attending sessions and events at the meeting. We also offer a mobile app so you can easily access your calendar on the go!

    Join us on Sched here!

    Contact Us

    If you need help registering or have any questions about planning your meeting experience, please don't hesitate to give us a call or sending us an email.