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ICOM-CC/Getty International Program

Since 1990 and the 10th ICOM-CC Triennial Meeting in Dresden, support from the Getty Foundation has enabled ICOM-CC to offer participation in the ICOM-CC Triennial Conferences to 265 international delegates from 78 countries.

The Getty Foundation provides funding that focuses on supporting the attendance of colleagues from countries with emerging economies at large-scale international forums for professional exchange. As a result of these grants, conservation professionals from countries that are often underrepresented at international gatherings have the opportunity to connect with colleagues working in their fields, share their knowledge and experiences, and bring to an international venue the practices and issues from their local, regional and national communities.

Once again, the generosity of the Getty Foundation has enabled a diverse group of colleagues to attend the ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Beijing from 17-21 May 2021.

For the ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Beijing there were more than 70 applicants from 29 countries (Category 3 & 4 countries based on World Bank GNI per capita data). The grant recipients for the 2021 ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Beijing have provided brief introductions, and we all look forward to meeting and interacting with these colleagues in Beijing!

ICOM-CC / Getty International Program participants to the ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, 17-21 May 2021

(alphabetical order)

  • Abdullahi ABDULKADIR, Nigeria

    Rock Art Interpretation Centre, National Museum Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State

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    I hold an undergraduate Degree in Biochemistry, a Postgraduate diploma in chemistry and a Masters in Organic Chemistry all from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. I am a conservator, specialized in stone conservation in northern Nigeria. I have attended various courses, workshops and conferences both in Nigeria and overseas. Some of these are:

    • Tourism and culture as panacea for Nigerian economic Recovery, held at Dutse Jigawa state capital, 2017.
    • 20th International Course on stone Conservation, SC17 held at Mexico City and Chicanna Cancun (Maya Land) 2018.
    • Team member of conservators, Restored the Structure III of Maya Resident Monuments at Cancun, Mexico 2018
    • Attended conference of International Forum of Young Museum Professionals, held at Fuzhou province, China 2018.
    • Restoration of Sukur World Heritage site, sponsored by UNESCO, 2018 at Madagali Local Government of Adamawa State. 2018.

    I have authored and presented number of papers both in Nigeria and internationally: “A study on some vitamins and minerals content of wheat flour samples commonly sold within Kano metropolitant”, September, 2014, International journal of science and research, India, and “Role of museums in the inheritance and innovations of local traditional culture”, Chinese Museum Journal, China.

    I am a member of ICOM International Committee ICOFOM (Museology).

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Murals, Stone, and Rock Art; Archaeological Materials and Sites

  • Aida BIČAKČIĆ, Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Commission to Preserve National Monuments, Sarajevo

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    I started working at the Commission to Preserve National Monuments in 2009 and since then I am professionally dedicated to heritage preservation. As Expert Advisor for Art History at the Commission, I advise owners of paintings, textiles, books, etc. on how to handle these objects in order to preserve them. In addition to my advisory role I also identify and define protective measures as part of decisions designating cultural property as national monuments. Protection measures are defined based on restoration and conservation practices and are part of preservation strategy designated national monuments. Many national monuments, movable and immovable, are endangered so I am also involved in establishing and targeting activities of conservation projects and conservation and restoration plans for their preservation.

    Bosnian heritage has a broad diversity of materials, so we are in need of variety of professional experiences and techniques in order to preserve it. New techniques could be introduced through project activities and conservation plans in which I am involved.

    Attending the Conference will provide insight on the state of the art in the field of conservation and restoration. Such an experience will enable me to synchronize protection measures I am defining with current internationally recognized standards.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation; Scientific Research; Preventive Conservation.

  • Mara Lúcia CARRETT DE VASCONCELOS, Brazil

    Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Federal University of Bahia, Bahia

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    I am a conservator-restorer, Master in Archaeology and completing a PhD in Museology and Heritage. I have worked for eight years at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Federal University of Bahia (MAE / UFBA), in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil), where I worked as Coordinator of the Collections Sector for seven years. Currently at the Museum, I work on the conservation of archaeological and ethnographical collections, in addition to coordinating research projects and guiding interns. At the Beijing conference, some of the work we carry out will be presented in a poster in the Objects from Indigenous and world Cultures Working Group: “The Ethnographic Collection as Rhizome: New Ramifications for Conservation”. Between 2017 and 2019, I was coordinator of the Archaeological Museum and Collections Network (REMAAE), a group in which I still participate in as a collaborator. I am currently coordinator of the Dynamic Preservation Debate Group of another collective, the Collections Working Group of the Brazilian Archaeology Society (GTA/SAB). My work has been guided by the perspective of collection management, understanding the conservation of collections in the context of musealization process, and by decolonizing of our practices, advocating the inclusion of new stakeholders in the preservation processes.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Archaeological Materials and Sites; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Natural History Collections; Documentation

  • Davison CHIWARA, Zimbabwe

    Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Midlands State University, Gweru

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    I am currently a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in Heritage and Museum Studies where I am also a PhD candidate. My research focuses on the conservation of heritage and museums and gallery practice. I have presented several research papers at the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Annual Meetings; International Institute of Conservation (IIC) Congresses; Culture in Crisis Conference; Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Living Matter Symposium and other regional conferences on cultural heritage management in Africa. I have published my research works with the Museum International Journal and Studies in Conservation of the International Institute of Conservation.

    For the Beijing Conference, I have co-authored a poster in the Preventive Conservation Working Group entitled: “Interdepartmental Collaboration in the Conservation of Vintage Cars Collection at the Museum of Transport and Antiquities, Zimbabwe”.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Preventive Conservation; Natural History Collections; Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Scientific Research.

  • Ana Carolina DELGADO VIEIRA, Brazil

    Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia, University of São Paulo, São Paulo

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    I received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in History from the University of São Paulo and a specialization in conservation of archaeological materials from Yachaywasi Institute of Conservation in Lima, Peru.

    Since 2008, I have been a conservator at the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE) at the University of São Paulo (USP). At MAE, I am responsible for conducting condition surveys of collections and individual objects, technical analyses, and conservation treatments. I also prepare collection objects for exhibition, loan, transport, and research. I have been the head of conservation since 2013.

    My current research interests is in topics related to interdisciplinary collaboration, indigenous participations and how conservators can help to reframe ethnographical traditional museums through collaborative work with originators or descendants of originators of indigenous collections in Brazil.

    Since 2018 I have been carrying out research projects in association with the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) for the use of ionizing radiation for the preservation of cultural heritage.

    I am Assistant Coordinator in the ICOM-CC Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group.

    For the Beijing Conference, I am on a team of authors who will present a poster in the Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group entitled: “Gamma irradiation applied to conservation: effects of ionizing radiation on the color of featherwork”.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Archaeological Materials and Sites; Glass and Ceramics; Textiles; Metals; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Wet Organic Archaeological Materials

  • Maulidha Sinta DEWI, Indonesia

    National Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta

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    I hold a BSc in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Museology. My experiences are as a conservator (2009-2013), an educator (2016-2019), and Head of Preservation Section (2019-present). As Head of Preservation section my responsibilities are to lead and coordinate a team of conservators for preservation, especially preventive conservation and Integrated Pest management. Preservation activities include monitoring and controlling microclimate and pollutants in collections, fumigation, coating and encapsulation.

    During my career, I have been involved in some conservation projects, such as

    • Study of Traditional Conservation of Kris Weapon
    • Study of Risk Management in National Museum of Indonesia
    • Study of Laboratory National Museum of Indonesia
    • Study of Integrated Pest Management
    • Study of Bark Clothes in West Kalimantan East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and Mentawai Island, and currently,
    • Study of Metal Conservation case study collection in National Museum of Indonesia.

    My reasons for participating in the ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference in Beijing, China, are to broaden my horizons about conservation and preservation methods from conservation experts and to add networks from many countries.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Education and Training in Conservation; Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures; Metals; Preventive Conservation

  • Anil DWIVEDI, India

    Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

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    I am working at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi as Project Associate (Conservation) since 2009. I have a Masters in Art Conservation from National Museum Institute, New Delhi. My expertise is in paper and painting conservation and I am currently involved with various conservation projects. Before joining IGNCA I worked with various projects at well-known organizations and experienced conservators in India. In 2014, I received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in painting conservation. This Fellowship was completed at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), The Netherlands. I have had various opportunities to visit conservation laboratories and institutions in Europe, Asia and USA. I teach in the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Preventive Conservation at IGNCA and also teach at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi as guest faculty.

    I am currently the Coordinator for the ICOM-CC Documentation Working Group.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Documentation; Paintings; Preventive Conservation; Education and Training in Conservation; Metals

  • Abdelaziz ELMARAZKY, Egypt

    The Grand Egyptian Museum- Conservation Centre (GEM-CC), Giza

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    I obtained a Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Archaeology, Conservation and Restoration Department - Cairo University. Since 2015, I have worked as a conservator in the Grand Egyptian Museum – Conservation Centre (GEM– CC). My interests include conservation of ancient Egyptian metal objects, revealing new secrets of manufacturing technology, preventive conservation and identification of unusual corrosion products on copper and bronze objects. In 2017, I conducted a research project about gap fillers for brittle metal objects in the conservation laboratory of the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology (JIAA) in Kaman-Kalehöyük,Turkey. In 2018, I was part of the UNESCO/ Poland Co-sponsored fellowship programme in Conservation and Archaeology and also trained in conservation laboratories in Polish museums. I just became became a Heritage Science scholar in Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-Just).

    For the Beijing Conference, I am on a team of authors who will present a poster in the Metals Working Group entitled: “The diagnostic techniques of gilded bronze figures of the god Osiris” and I will present my paper entitled: “Pale Blue Corrosion Product on Ancient Egyptian Objects:New Perspective to Identification” in the Metals Working Group.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Metals; Preventive Conservation; Ceramic and Glass; Scientific Research

  • Abdelmoniem Mohammed Abdelmoniem Mohammed GOMAA, Egypt

    Fayoum University, Fayoum

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    Since 2019, I have been an Assistant Lecturer in the Conservation Department at the Faculty f Archaeology, Fayoum University, Egypt. I am the supervisor of the Organic Archeology Laboratory, Faculty of Archeology, Fayoum University.

    I have participated in many local and international conferences related to the restoration of antiquities. I worked as a conservator for 6 months with the Japanese University of Waseda on the project of Khufu Second Boat in Giza. I am responsible for training the employees of the Ministry of Antiquities to use modern programs in the field of antiquities, under the educational effectiveness project of the Ministry of Higher Education.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer; Documentation; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research

  • Angelica ISA ADANIYA, Peru

    Pachacamac Site Museum, Ministry of Culture of Peru, Lima

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    I studied conservation at the University of Durham in the UK, and I live and work in Peru. I have been working at the Pachacamac Site Museum for the Ministry of Culture of Peru since 2015. One of the most challenging, yet wonderful, aspects of my current job is that the team is small, which means that we exercise various roles. I have not only worked on archaeological object conservation, but have also been able to work on databases, collections management, preventive conservation, scientific research, education projects, management and budgeting, and even social media marketing!

    My current experience tells me conservators may have a larger role to play in the protection of cultural heritage than we traditionally expect, especially in small museums. Staff is required to know a bit of just about everything, and I find that being a trained conservator is a perfect place to start from. I am extremely excited about the ICOM-CC Triennial conference in May 2021, as it will be my first, and I can’t wait to listen to the latest research and share experiences from colleagues around the world to see how we may strengthen our bonds across boundaries.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Documentation; Glass and Ceramics; Preventive Conservation; Archaeological Materials and Sites; Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation

  • Vipin JOSHI, India

    National Gallery of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi

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    I have been working as Technical Restorer in a permanent capacity with National Gallery of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, government of India since 2008. Being part of this premier organisation dealing in modern and contemporary art has been a wonderful experience. The main area of my work involves restoration and conservation of art objects in-house, and of the objects coming for exhibitions to the organisation and the objects going for exhibitions abroad, Assistant Restorer in Laboratory Management, compliance with Laboratory requirements (Chemicals & tools). Among my responsibilities are to coordinate with other internal department to ensure the success of national and international exhibitions. I am also responsible for documentation of art objects, restoration work, managing the restoration work with fellow conservators, upkeep of displayed artefacts, making condition reports of outgoing and incoming artefacts for exhibitions and again cross checking of them with their condition reports when return back from NGMA. Responsible for keeping records of condition reports of incoming and outgoing exhibitions. I maintain the correct lighting and keep records of temperature and humidity of the NGMA display area. In addition to training Interns and staff on preventive/curative conservation measures. I am fortunate to travel to set-up NGMA's exhibitions at various places in India.

    I was awarded an Indian Conservation Fellowship in painting conservation at SRAL, Maastricht, Netherlands, in 2016-2017 and, in 2019, participated in a two-week intensive course i as part of Getty’s Conserving Canvas initiative at “The National Historical Museums, Department of Collections and Research, Unit of Cultural Historical Collections, Stockholm, Sweden held in Skokloster Castle Museum, Sweden.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Paintings; Scientific Research

  • LIU Jian, China

    China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou

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    I obtained my BS (2004) and MS (2011) degrees in applied chemistry from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in Hangzhou, China. At present, I am a PhD candidate of department of applied chemistry in Zhejiang University of Technology. I joined department of exhibition at China National Silk Museum (CNSM) in 2004, and in 2011 I changed to the department of textiles conservation where I am currently Senior Researcher and Deputy Head of the textile conservation department.

    In 2012, as a visiting scholar, I worked in the Department of Chemistry at Boston University, where I analyzed natural dyes of archaeological textiles from Yingpan, Xinjiang using HPLC-DAD-MS, along with my co-workers, Prof. Dr. Richard Laursen and Dr. Chika Mouri. My focus is on the identification of flavonoid-based dyes discovered on the Silk Road, using LC-MS and SERS. I am also interested in the reconstitution of historical colours based on scientific and documentary evidence. I organized the international symposium entitles “Colorful World: Natural Dyes” at CNSM in 2019, which attracted about 200 participants from 20 countries.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Textiles; Scientific Research

  • Sopheap MEAS, Cambodia

    Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh

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    I hold an M.A in History of Arts and Archaeology. I have recently been appointed as an officer in the Department of Antiquities, General Department of Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Cambodia. Prio to this, I worked as conservator at Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum and also the Department of Conservation of Monuments inside Angkor Park and Preventive Archaeology of APSARA Authority from 2014 to 2019.

    In my new role, I work with the artefacts outside of the museum from all over Cambodia. These artefacts need to be documented into the database and moved to a safe place, such as the local museum or the national museum depending on necessity. Some artefacts require conservation treatment on site. Based on the number of artefacts outside of the museum, my response is broader. I am not only a conservator but I also work with documentation, researching and mainly collecting information on looted artefacts for repatriation.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Archaeological Materials and Sites; Art Technological Source Research; Wet Organic and Archaeological Materials; Murals, Stone, and Rock Art; Glass and Ceramics

  • Lone Michelle MONAGEN, Botswana

    Botswana National Museum And Monuments, Gaborone

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    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Botswana. I am employed at Botswana National Museum and Monuments in the Conservation Unit. My duties include, amongst other things, formulating treatment modalities and implementation of conservation strategies suitable for collections, inspecting, monitoring, documentation, analysing and restoration of the national collection (ethnography and history) and monuments. I am currently working on the Ditso Digitization project which involves digitization of all movable and immovable collections under the custody of Botswana National Museum and Monuments.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Preventative Conservation; Documentation; Scientific research

  • Bradley MOTTIE, South Africa

    Iziko Museums of South Africa, Cape Town

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    I am currently employed at the Iziko Museums of South Africa as Preventive Conservator in Collections and Digitisation Department. Among my responsibilities are the care of collections, the monitoring of collections and environmental conditions, conservation budget management, supervision of staff, and training of intern. I also manage the preservation of the collections in the institution’s centralised storage facility and collections on exhibition at 11 other museum sites. My first degree is in earth science and applied nuclear physics, and I have experience in conducting field sampling, writing technical reports, drafting all incoming and outgoing condition reports, as well as scheduling reports for the Conservation Section. I also hold post graduate degrees in materials science, applied nuclear physics and technical conservation studies. My principal focus is and has always been to constantly acquire knowledge in the various fields of conservation so that I can impart or empower the younger generation in South Africa. Over the past twenty years, I have attended numerous training activities and internships at the University of Cape Town and the South Africa Library of Parliament to acquire hands-on experience in the field of conservation.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Metals; Wood, Furniture and Lacquer; Documentation; Education and Training in Conservation; Preventive Conservation

  • Ali NASIR, India

    Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

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    I hold a PhD Degree from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. Under this PhD program, I focused on the historical development of carpets and scientific analysis of natural dyes from 17th to19th century carpets. I am currently adjunct faculty at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and the National Museum Institute. I am a conservation consultant for Konserv Bhaav and work on the conservation of tapestries designed by Le Corbusier. I also collaborated in the Managing Risks in Cultural Heritage program, working towards a sustainable conservation of cultural heritage organized by IGNCA. Part of my work was the reorganization of storage and preventive conservation at National Handloom and Craft Museum, New Delhi, with a team from ICCROM and UNESCO. From 2013-2014, I received the Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU) Scholarship to study at Institute of Conservation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.

    I have also co-authored a book on conservation, Harappan Pottery: Archaeology Techniques and Its Conservation, and have also published several research articles. I curated an International exhibition entitled, Rare Tribal Carpets: Perfectly Imperfect Weaves at India International Centre, New Delhi, and at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. I am a member of International Council of Museum (ICOM), Museum Association of India (MAI) and Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property (IASC). I am currently an Assistant Coordinator of the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group. In the past, I have been the recipient of international grants to attend international conferences and workshops.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Textiles; Scientific Research; Preventive Conservation; Education and Training in Conservation

  • Adriana PAEZ CURE, Colombia

    Central Bank of Colombia, Bogotá

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    I hold an MSc in conservation for archaeology and museums from the Univesity College London, an MA in Anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and Conservator-restorer from Universidad Externado de Colombia. I have been working in the field of preservation of cultural heritage in Colombian museums for 15 years, with experiences ranging from preventive conservation, risks assessment, documentation, and collections management. My main experience has been as head of conservation and collections management for the arts and numismatics collections at the Central Bank of Colombia, composed of over 25,000 items. At the Central Bank, I process inventory, transport, loans and acquisitions. I also evaluate the condition of artworks for acquisition, exhibitions and travelling. I provide support for conservation decisions and treatment evaluations for collections located in branches of the Central Bank, in different cities throughout Colombia. I have also contributed to the documentation of collections and the renovation of the Collections Management System (CMS). I am keen to investigate values-based conservation and how material decisions can influence the way societies recognise their past, in addition to an interest in communication for conservation.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Documentation; Art Technological Source Research; Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation

  • Ellen RÖPKE FERRANDO, Brazil

    Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro

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    I am a conservator with a background in the preventive conservation of paper-based material. I hold a a Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, and in 2018, I received a Master in Memory and Collections from the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa (FCRB), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Since 2015, I have been responsible for managing the conservation of the Brazilian graphic culture collection at Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro. The collection is comprised of drawings, engravings, paintings, and graphic archives of artists, which constitute an overview of the history of the printed image in Brazil. I also provide technical assistance and foster preventive conservation dissemination to other colleagues, be they curators, archivists, registrars or researchers, involved in different projects.

    From 2012 to 2015, I conducted a research project at the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory for Graphic Documents - FCRB related to the conservation of a graphic art collection in Brazilian writers archives. In 2019, I received a grant to attend the Icon-Getty Continuing Professional Development Programme in the United Kingdom. This experience had a direct impact on my conservation work and was a milestone in my career. Attending the ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference is an outstanding opportunity to experience first-hand the latest research and news in the conservation field, as well as engage with conservators and scientists, with different backgrounds and institutional affiliations, from all over the world. This experience will help in the growth of my career, allow me to be part of a global community of heritage professionals, and to learn from others' experiences while sharing my own. My main research interests are related to the preservation of Brazilian graphic designers and cartoonist productions, especially the challenges involved in the conservation of modern and contemporary graphic art materials.

    For the Beijing Conference, I will present a poster in the Preventive Conservation Working Group entitled: “A weighing methodology for moving cultural collections at the Instituto Moreira Salles”.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Graphic Documents; Preventive Conservation; Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Documentation; Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation

  • Thatayaone SEGAETSHO, Botswana

    University of Botswana, Gaborone

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    I am a Conservator (April 2008–current) for the University of Botswana (UB) Library Services. I holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Library and Information Studies obtained at the UB in 2017, a BSc (Chemistry) from UB, and a Post Graduate Diploma (Conservation) and Masters of Arts (Conservation) both obtained at the University of Arts London in UK. I am currently the Chairperson (November 2019-Current) of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)-Botswana, Secretariat of the University of Botswana Sustainable Development Goals Hub Committee, Secretariat of Africa China Research Group (ACRG) at University of Botswana. I also hold the position of Chair of the Disaster Management Committee of the University of Botswana Library. I contributed as an Assistant Secretariat for The Review Committee of the Reorganization of the UB Administration. He was a member of the Organizing Committee for The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) 2015 satellite meeting Gaborone. In the past, I have worked as a Volunteer Conservator at the Imperial War Museum, Conservation department, London, the Victoria and Albert’s Museum, Conservation Department, London, City of Westminster Archives Centre, London. I was also in the Chemistry Department as a Demonstrator/Teaching Assistant at UB.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Preventive Conservation; Graphic Documents; Photographic Materials; Modern Materials and Contemporary Art

  • Deepakshi SHARMA, India

    National Rail Museum (NRM), New Delhi

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    I work at the National Rail Museum (NRM), New Delhi. My major role at the museum is to carry out curatorial work of the various exhibitions based on different themes and conservation of the Archival collection of NRM. I graduated in History (Hons) from Delhi University followed by completing a Masters in Conservation, Preservation and Heritage management from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IPU), securing first rank with a gold medal. In 2018, I completed my Doctorate degree on topic “Indigenous Traditional practices and materials of palm leaf manuscripts in India” from Department of Conservation, National Museum Institute, New Delhi.

    I began my career by working as a conservator with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi, in 2010. Then I joined National Museum Institute where she dealt with various art conservation projects, organized hands-on conservation workshops/seminars and taught Masters Students (Art Conservation) especially Conservation of Paper and Pre-paper materials for almost 8 years.

    I have also been awarded the Ernst Mach Scholarship to visit Vienna, Austria, to carry out research and technical work related to my Doctorate. I have participated in several workshops and conferences in various parts of Europe and Australia.

    For the Beijing Conference, I am on a team of authors who will present a paper in the Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures Working Group entitled: “Scientific analysis of indigenous materials in Indian palm-leaf manuscripts”.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Objects from Indeginious and World Cultures; Graphic Documents; Preventive Conservation; Theory, History and Ethics of Conservation; Education and Training in Conservation

  • TANG Huan, China

    Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing City

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    I am a professor at the Three Gorges Museum, one of the largest museums in China. I am also Deputy Director of “Key Scientific Research Base of Pest and Mold Control for the Heritage Collection of National Cultural Heritage Administration”. For many years before coming to work in the museum, I taught in a medical university. That’s right! I am a doctor of pathology and pathophysiology. But then, I got a new identity—another “doctor”: a doctor of cultural relics. Treating cultural relics as patients and contributing to being able to bridge the gap between two fields. Now, my team members and I are dedicated to research on biological deterioration in organic collections with a focus on mold and insects. The use of essential oils as fumigants both in the preservation environment and the surface of cultural relics is a major feature in our work. Over the past five years, I have completed two provincial and ministerial research projects and published thirteen papers in the area of Integrated Pest Management. At the same time, there were fouteen utility model patents and one invention patent that were granted.

    For the Beijing Conference, I am on a team of authors who will present a paper in the Scientific Research Working Group entitled: “Study on Rapid Detection Methods of Mold Contamination of Paper Relics Based on E-nose Technology”.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Scientific Research; Preventive Conservation; Education and Training in Conservation; Paintings

  • Margarita VILLANUEVA, Philippines

    Lopez Museum and Library, Pasig City

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    I completed the Getty Conservation Institute program on Managing Collection Environments 2019-2020, where my final project integrated sustainability objectives in Lopez environmental management policy and building design. I hold an MSc Professional Conservation (science pathway) from Cardiff University as a Chevening Scholar of the UK government and a BSc Materials Chemistry, and a BA in Art History, both from the University of British Colombia. While studying, I trained in in paintings conservation at private laboratories.

    I have been affiliated with the Lopez Museum and Library since 2008, a Filipiniana institution with art from the 19th to 21st centuries and a library spanning the beginning of the colonial period (16th century) to the present day. I have also worked for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, and was Chairperson of the arts and culture committee of the League of Corporate Foundations, collaborating across institutions to preserve and build understanding of Philippine cultural heritage.

    In my current role, I manage the conservation center operations, technical research, the Lopez relocation project and am part of the design team for the new building. By attendance at the Beijing Conference, I hope to gain knowledge that will help to strengthen my institution’s paintings practices and materials research. I also hope to gain insight into preventive care in tropical climates.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Paintings; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research

  • ZHANG Huan, China

    Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou

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    I am Head of the Guangdong Conservation Centre at Guangdong Museum. I hold a BSc degree in Conservation and Scientific Research from Northwest University, Xi’an, and a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou. I have been working on scientific conservation at Guangdong Museum since 2003. In 2015, I was named an Elite Young Scholar of Guangdong Province.

    I participated in the eight-month Sino-Italian Cooperation Training Programme in 2007, learning conservation and restoration of paper artefacts. I attended the British Museum’s International Training Programme 2015 held in the UK for six weeks, engaging in a full range of museum activities and conservation practices.

    I have been involved in many conservation and research projects, specifically focused on metal collections, paper artefacts and marine archaeological objects. Additionally, I carry out the preventive conservation of museum collections. I have recently completed a study on laser cleaning of surface sediments on marine archaeological porcelains, supported by the Guangdong Administration of Cultural Heritage, and a project of conservation on marine archaeological objects from a 16th century shipwreck, supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

    ICOM-CC Working Group interest: Art Technological Source Research; Modern Materials and Contemporary Art; Preventive Conservation; Scientific Research

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