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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 (in bold) require registration fees in addition to your base registration. 

Tuesday, May 29
  • A full-day Symposium on Leatherwork 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

'Sched'-ule your Event

Use our online calendar tool, Sched, to create your own unique plan for your annual 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!


Check Early and Often!

While we are very excited to start sharing the incredible programming to come at the meeting, this is still a preliminary schedule. Please be sure to check back as you continue to plan your meeting experience.

If you are concerned about booking travel or would like to verify dates, please email annualmeeting@conservation-us.org or call us at 202-452-9545.

General Session


Our general session contains talks that address our meeting theme, "Material Matters 2018." To learn more about our General Session, including abstracts and author biographies, visit Sched.

We will be offering several general session tracks on Day 2 of the meeting, including:
It will also include two longer sessions -- a session on "Materiality: A series of questions" with Gay Myers and Lance Mayer, and a panel on "Lessons from Irma and Harvey: Preparation and response in the 2017 Hurricane Season" moderated by Rosa Lowinger.

Specialty Tracks


In addition to our general session, the meeting will also feature numerous specialty sessions which delve more specifically into this year's theme and explore topics pertaining to different aspects of conservation. There are also joint specialty sessions which address the intersection of those specialties. See below for a listing of our specialty sessions, including abstracts and author biographies. Each link will take you to the Sched listing for that session:

- Architecture
- Book and Paper
- Collection Care
- Electronic Media
- 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.

Visit our Symposia page for a glimpse into our newest format, and check back on Sched to learn more about new pre-sessions to be announced.


Program Committee

See the 2018 Program Committee members, who 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.