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The 45th Annual Meeting will take place May 28-June 2, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL. The meeting theme is Treatment 2017: Innovation in Conservation and Collection Care

Meeting Theme

Treatment 2017: Innovation in Conservation and Collection Care
Whether item or collection-level, preventive or interventive, treatment remains at the heart of what conservators do in order to preserve cultural heritage collections. The design and implementation of an ethical and sound conservation treatment, even the ultimate decision of no treatment at all, begin before its commencement and the consequences continue well beyond its completion.

Papers were solicited that explore various facets of conservation treatments and collection care programs intended to prolong the lifetime of cultural property. Topics include, but are not limited to, a reconsideration of historic procedures no longer in practice, cutting edge technologies employed in treatments, effective preventive conservation or collection care steps that reduce the necessity or extent of interventive treatments, the incorporation of sustainability into conservation treatments, or innovations in treatment design, execution, and documentation.

Register Today

Reserve your spot today at the biggest North American conservation conference! The room block, tours, and workshops fill up fast.

Don't forget to check if you qualify for a special rate - AIC members save 25% on registration. Register now! 

Plan Your Visit

The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, right in the heart of downtown, just off the river. 

Download the 2017 AIC Annual Meeting app in the Apple and Android stores to plan your meeting on the go. Read abstract, check out speaker bios, and choose your sessions all on your device!


Learn more about all the fantastic pre-sessions, tours, workshops, and sessions you can attend! Start building your schedule and plan to come early to make sure you don't miss out on any of the great opportunities Chicago has to offer. 

  • Did you know pre-sessions are included in your meeting registration? See the list!
  • Tours are a great way to learn more about our host city and get a glimpse into the conservation labs of world-renowned museums - we have planned more than 20! Book a tour today.
  • Our FAIC workshops provide incredible continuing education for conservators. Build your professional skill-set by registering for a workshop!
  • With about 200 presentations, there are all kinds of topics to choose from in our sessions! Learn more about the General Session, Specialty Sessions, and Joint Specialty Sessions here