Webinar Program

ECPN’s webinar program was established in 2012 with the aim of providing video resources on topics of interest to emerging conservation professionals. While ECPN strives to tackle subjects that speak to the personal growth and career development of emerging professionals at any stage, the subject matter of select webinars may pertain more specifically to pre-program candidates or graduate students or post-graduate professionals.

ECPN generally holds two webinars each year through the GoToWebinar platform, a program that enables audience members to engage with the presenters and ask questions in real time. AIC members can attend the webinars for free, and all webinars are recorded and uploaded in full to the AIC YouTube Channel after the broadcast.

Upcoming webinars are advertised via e-Blasts, Facebook posts, and announcements on AIC’s blog Conservators Converse.  

If you’d like to suggest a webinar topic, please contact the Webinar Coordinator at ecpn.aic.webinar@gmail.com.

 
 

 

Check out ECPN's latest webinar!

Lights! Camera! (Preventive) Action! Careers in Preventive Conservation

Featuring Dr. Joelle Watkins, Jessica Pace and Jamie Gleason

April 26, 2018

Preventive conservation is an integral part of many cultural heritage jobs, encompassing any actions meant to minimize the deterioration of collections. But what does this look like in practice, exactly? And how is this role addressed in conservation training? Find out in this webinar, which will feature an introduction to the concept of preventive conservation and highlight potential career paths into this vital specialization.

 


 

Past ECPN Webinars

Showcasing Your Work: Preparing and Maintaining a Conservation Portfolio

Featuring Susan Heald and Gwen Manthey

November 14, 2017

A well-conceived and eye-catching portfolio can be crucial for emerging conservation professionals to progress in the field. But when is a digital portfolio appropriate versus a hard-copy portfolio? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? How should your portfolio evolve as you progress in your career? This Webinar covers the creation and use of digital and hard-copy portfolios in various scenarios and early-career stages, from pre-program candidate to graduate student and post-graduate.

Follow up blogpost: Q&A and Other Resources

 

Picking Up the Pieces: Accepting, Preventing, and Learning from Mistakes as an Emerging Conservation Professional

Featuring Michele Marincola, Tony Sigel, Ayesha Fuentes, and Geneva Griswold

April 7, 2017

Pressure to avoid mistakes, particularly during treatment, can hamper discussion within the field of conservation regarding how to actively prevent and recover from setbacks. Although it is unfortunate when they occur, acknowledging that mistakes are fundamental to learning can be especially crucial to the development of early-career professionals. This webinar provides a greater understanding of the most common causes of errors, tips for minimizing the probability of mistakes, and strategies for dealing with setbacks.

Follow up blogpost 1: Survey Results

Follow up blogpost 2: Q&A and further resources

 
Emerging Leaders in Conservation: Developing Leadership Skills as an Early-Career Professional

Featuring Sarah Staniforth, Michelle Facini, and Molly Gleeson

October 27, 2016

The presenters introduce theoretical information pertaining to leadership styles, discuss why it can be important to cultivate leadership skills, and consider what it means to be a leader at any stage of your profession. The speakers also drew from their experiences to discuss specific instances in their careers that have required leadership skills. Finally, we discussed strategies for early-career professionals to cultivate leadership skills and point to additional resources for individuals who would like to learn more.

Follow up blogpost: Q&A and further resources


 
Pathways into Conservation Science

Featuring Dr. Tom Learner, Dr. Gregory Smith, and Dr. Robyn Hodgkins

April 22, 2016

The presenters shared their own diverse training experiences, touching on the history of education in conservation science and the current pathways into the field. This webinar  provides guidance to individuals considering careers in conservation science, current students, and post-doctorates entering the field.

 
Demystifying the Publishing Process in Conservation

Featuring Sanchita Balachandran, Michele Derrick, and Carolyn Riccardelli

November 5, 2015

The presenters discuss a range of topics including publishing platforms, the process of writing a peer-reviewed article, collaborative writing, and funding. This webinar aims to make the prospect of publishing seem less intimidating to conservators at all levels.

Presenting Talks and Posters

Featuring Katie Sanderson and Ariel O’Connor

March 11, 2015

Watch this webinar if you are busy working on a poster or presentation, or even preparing for graduate school interviews.  The speakers discuss writing an abstract, putting together an effective PowerPoint, presenting a talk, and creating a poster.

Follow up blog post and tips sheet by Ariel O’Connor

 

 
Beyond the Portfolio: Your Conservation Career

Featuring Suzanne Davis
October 16, 2014

The featured speaker, Suzanne Davis, discusses career development and presents information on applying for fellowships and jobs, negotiating compensation, and developing your career after graduate school.

Pre-webinar blog post: Portfolios and Career Transitions: Pre-Program, Graduate, and Post-graduate Tips by Suzanne Davis

Follow up blog post: Your Conservation Career: Resources for Negotiating Your Next Salary by Suzanne Davis


 
Beyond the Prerequisites: Preparing for Conservation Graduate School

Featuring Debra Hess Norris, Ellen Pearlstein, Margaret Holben Ellis, Rosaleen Hill, James Hamm, and Meredith Lavalle
July 16, 2014

This webinar features representatives from five North American graduate programs in art conservation, and provides insight into how to strengthen your application to graduate programs while enriching your career.

Follow up blog post: Q&A

 

 
Get Involved! Conservation Education, Outreach, and Advocacy

 

Featuring Teresa Myers, Richard McCoy, and Sarah Barack

April 23, 2014

This webinar features three speakers with experience working in various aspects of conservation education, outreach, and advocacy. During the program, the speakers shared their experiences as both supervisors and pre-program interns and answered audience questions.

Follow up blog post: Q&A

 

How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Program Internship

Featuring Emily Williams, Thomas Edmondson, LeeAnn Gordon, and Ayesha Fuentes
September 24, 2013

The program features two speakers with experience supervising pre-program interns and two speakers with more recent experience as pre-program interns. The discussion centers around navigating pre-program internships and tips on how to maximize your experience.

Pre-webinar blog post: Online Resources from ECPN

Follow up blog post: Q&A

 

Setting Up a Private Practice – Q&A

Featuring Paul Messier, Rosa Lowinger, and Julia Brennan

November 30, 2012

This webinar includes moderated discussion and Q&A session with three speakers from the private practice sphere. Speakers discussed their experiences establishing their businesses, how their businesses have evolved, how they have learned to balance various initiatives and projects, and their advice for those considering entering private practice.

Follow up blog post: Recap of webinar

 

Self-Advocacy and Fundraising for Independent Research

Featuring Debra Hess Norris

July 26, 2012

Norris offers advice and remarks tailored to recent graduates on subjects including navigating the field after graduation, funding opportunities for independent scholars, and tips for self-advocacy. In addition, she discusses building skills by taking workshops or seminars to strengthen your negotiating proficiency or taking business classes (especially if you intend to pursue a private practice), obtaining certificates in grant-writing or project management, or considering a doctoral degree in an allied field.

Follow up blog post: Recap of webinar

Follow up blog post: Funding opportunities, resources, and tips

 

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