Pictured: Beijing, China

Welcome to the 19th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Beijing

Theme Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation

In ICOM-CC we are excited and full of enthusiastic expectations for our next Triennial Conference. This will be the first time ICOM-CC goes to “zhōng guó”, 中国 (the Middle Country) for a conference on conservation. The theme of the conference is: “Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation”. I anticipate the conference will serve as an eye opener as well as an outstanding forum for dialogue amongst conservation professionals from all over the world. Our aim is to bring together, exchange and discuss knowledge, traditions, and skills with conservation professionals from both East and West and in this way learn from each other’s practices, philosophies, and materials.

I am deeply grateful to the Chinese National Organising Committee for taking on the huge responsibility and task of hosting our Triennial Conference and I feel confident that we will have another successful, unforgettable, high-quality and content-rich conference in Beijing. In China, the museum field is growing at a rate unseen anywhere else in the world. The conservation profession is also growing rapidly, so the timing is perfect for ICOM-CC to have its Triennial Conference here.

I hope that many of our members will take this rare opportunity – not only to participate in the conference – but also take this chance to visit a country with manifold traditions and cultures and with thousands of museums, historical, and archaeological sites. I also hope that this conference will not only attract Chinese but also other conservation and museum professionals and students from throughout the region wishing to take part in the discussions and share expertise and passion for the conservation of cultural heritage.

I am looking forward to greeting you all in September 2020 in amazing Beijing.

October 2018
Kristiane Strætkvern
CHAIR, ICOM-CC