AIC 50th Annual Meeting: Abstracts Deadline is this Thursday, September 23

There is still time to be part of AIC history by presenting at our 50th AIC Annual Meeting to be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, CA, May 13-18, 2022. The abstract deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

We are planning for a safe in-person meeting. Please submit your abstract even if you’re unsure if you will be able to attend in-person. A comment box has been added to the abstracts submission form where you can share your ability to attend in-person and your concerns.

Abstracts will be accepted for presentations and posters centered around the meeting theme: Reflecting on the Past – Imagining the Future. Detailed information on the theme and authorship guidelines can be found in our website.

The links below connect you to more information on each of the different types of sessions available at our AIC’s 50th Annual Meeting. On the main conference days, May 15-17, you can submit an abstract for up to three choices, ranked in your order of preference. Be sure to visit the Specialty Sessions webpage since new information has been recently added. We have several special sessions that are also accepting abstracts.

Abstracts may be submitted for the following sessions:

Please view our submission instructions for more information on how to submit an abstract. The closing date to submit an abstract is September 23, 2021.

Join us in marking this milestone Anniversary by being part of the 50th AIC Annual Meeting.


Reflecting on the Past – Imagining the Future

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). The field of cultural heritage preservation has grown immeasurably since 1972, with the introduction of new treatment methodologies, analytical techniques, and conservation materials. During this time span, the nature of the objects and sites we deal with has changed and our philosophies surrounding their care have necessarily evolved. We also must acknowledge that we are facing increasingly global issues such as climate change, social justice, and mass displacement and migration of peoples, all requiring new approaches and collaborations with other fields and stakeholder communities.

As we celebrate and reflect on AIC’s first fifty years, we invite introspective and innovative contributions to:

  • Examine with modern eyes the history of field, its practice, and practitioners
  • Address concerns we are facing now
  • Explore and imagine our next half century

Where do we want AIC to be in the year 2072? What lessons can we learn from the past that will help guide our field into the future? What should our priorities and goals be? What steps should we take, and which frameworks should we build, to achieve those goals and shape our field for the next fifty years?

Authorship Guidelines
Appropriate attribution of scholarship and research has academic, career, and social implications. To date there have been no established guidelines to help our Annual Meeting presenters navigate this sometimes-confusing process. In order to provide clarity and help ensure that credit is given where due, we have created a set of guidelines based upon those that have been adopted by many journals, including JAIC. Review the Authorship Guidelines. We ask that all those who submit abstracts to the 2022 Annual Meeting read and acknowledge them. Deciding on authorship can be a fraught process, and no set of guidelines can address every situation, but we hope that these guidelines will inform, educate, and most importantly serve as a basis for discussion amongst colleagues and collaborators.


DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

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Contact us at meetings@culturalheritage.org or 202.452.9545.