The Call for Papers for #Icon19 is now live

Those of you who have perused the latest Iconnect will have seen the momentous news – the Call for Papers for #Icon19 is now live!

The triennial event will be taking us to Belfast, Northern Ireland over several days in June 2019. Taking into account feedback from our last triennial conference in Birmingham, there are several changes this year:

  • Provision of Speakers Rate
  • Provision of Day Rate
  • Single submissions point for all abstracts
  • Greater variety of extra networking events

The conference theme – and how to submit your abstract

This time we’ll be exploring New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice – taking in the latest research, innovative thinking and cross-disciplinary approaches across the sector.

All the conservation specialisms will be represented in some form.  As you will see, putting the latest research into practice and piloting new and fruitful collaborative approaches inside and outside our sector are a highlight of the many prospective themes papers can address – and as for any ideas you might have not represented by this suite, sky’s the limit!!

Have something to contribute? Get to #Icon19 on the speaker’s rate – submit your abstract now!!


More events and networking opportunities

Taking on feedback from our last conference, the full agenda for #Icon19 is set to provide more opportunities to network than previous conferences.

Recognising that 20% of Icon members are based abroad, this will be our first-ever conference to welcome international delegates with a dedicated International Delegates Reception the day before our usual conference tours (Tuesday 11th June 2019).

The Conference Tours themselves on Wednesday 12th June 2019 will feature a full day of several parallel tracks to chose from, taking in the local conservation scene in the city centre and in its vicinity.

Our smart-casual Opening Reception on Wednesday 12th June will provide the chance to see who else is about and make new connections to take you through the rest of the proceedings and beyond.

The formal Conference Dinner on Thursday night (13th June 2019) will take in the opulence of Belfast City Hall – and it’s open to friends and family members!

And while you’re in the second day of #Icon19 sessions, any friends or family who joined us for the conference dinner will be kept well engaged on a day of local tours for friends and family.

After the final plenary session on Friday 14th June 2019, we’ll be unwinding in style at Icon’s first-ever Steam Jazz Night – and taking an informal chug up local railway lines to Whitehead Railway Museum in a steam train with a cash-bar and jazz band aboard. There will be plenty of chances to get out and dance along the way!Following this, if you wanted to make a weekend of it and set off for an Irish coastal getaway – your next move from here will be clear!

With such a diverse programme of events shaping up, #Icon19 is set to be a notable evolution from previous triennial conferences.  Take the first step – and submit your abstract now!