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AIC's 46th Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

AIC 2018 Annual Meeting

AIC's 46th Annual Meeting will be May 29 through June 2, 2018. 
Join us for Material Matters 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Attendees and Speakers

Check our information pages for attendees and speakers to get the inside scoop on meeting logistics.

About the 2018 Meeting

Material Matters 2018
Papers were solicited that demonstrate the impact of material studies – or studies of materials – on the conservation profession, including the emergence of innovative treatments, new ways of “looking” and “seeing,” shifts in decision-making and desired outcomes, and changes in collection care strategies. Also welcome were explorations of the impact of trending “materiality” studies on related disciplines including archaeology, museum and curatorial fields, and art history among others. Topics include, but are not limited to: cutting-edge imaging and analysis techniques of materials, new materials having conservation applications, revelations about the meaning and significance of materials within an artist’s work, and improved methods of authentication. Four concurrent general session sub-themes have been identified with more to be identified based on the submissions. To view the sub-themes and learn more about the programs, please visit the Call for Papers page.

Register Today

98% of attendees from past meetings said that they were very satisfied with their meeting experience. 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 Marriott Marquis Houston (now full). All AIC room blocks at other hotels are closed, and Houston is filling up. Make your plans today!

Read through our list of sessions, and start building out your meeting experience.

Shortly, you will be able download the 2018 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!

New this year: Symposia

AIC offers workshops and tours on the pre-session days of May 29 and 30, 2018. In addition, and for the first time, AIC will debut ticketed pre-session symposia on May 29 and 30 on these topics:

  • May 29, 2018: Leatherwork in Book Conservation
  • May 30, 2018: Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?


  • Tours are a great way to learn more about our host city and get a glimpse into the conservation labs of world-renowned museums. Book a tour today.
  • Our FAIC workshops provide incredible continuing education for conservators. Enhance your professional skill-set by registering for a workshop.
  • Choose from more than 200 sessions and events to build a personalized meeting experience.