Call for Abstracts 

Young Professionals Forum
Emerging skills for heritage conservation

1 - 2 JULY 2021

And here we are again for the second edition of the Young Professionals Forum.

Given  the  success  of  the  first  edition,  we  propose  a  new  moment  of  sharing  and  exchange,  to  stimulate synergies among professionals at international level.  

The Covid-­‐19 emergency that we are experiencing has disrupted our plans at first, but we are even more convinced of how important this space offered to the younger generations is. The pandemic has  offered  us  not  only  obstacles  but  also  opportunities  to  think differently,  to  think  big.  That's  why this time we have planned new initiatives and in-­‐depth studies related to the Forum in order to enlarge our Community and together build a common vision.

The Young Professionals Forum is an opportunity to reflect on the changes developed during the state of emergency, new needs and new operational contexts. We have witnessed the emergence of  new  procedures,  new  tools  have  been  introduced  and  new  skills  have emerged.  All  this  and  much more can be discussed together during the Sessions of the Young Professionals Forum.

The  digital  event  will  consist  of  two  days  of  presentations,  moments  of  exchange,  debates  and  networking,  during  which  young professionals  will  have  the  chance  to  share  and  present  their activities and researches, meeting established professionals, professors and researchers who will be involved in the different work sessions.  

This year those who participate in the call for abstracts will be able to compete for an amazing opportunity don't miss it! 

The  Young  Professionals  Forum  is  divided  into  4  thematic  sessions,  each  of  them  considered  crucial in the debate concerning conservation and transmission of Cultural Heritage. The different sessions,  organized  in  cooperation  with  international  institutions,  will  include brief  presentations which will be selected through this call. 

fucsiaSession 1- Conservation ethics and practice
The  concept  of  “Cultural  Heritage”  is  always  broader  and  diversified:  the  theory  and  the  professional ethics of conservation are therefore stimulated by new social and cultural contexts. A deep understanding of the nature of the artwork, of its values and meanings, generates questions regarding  the  purposes  of  conservation,  the  instruments  which  are  available  to  us  and  the  meaning of the profession.  During a conservation treatment, themes such as reversibility and the opportunity of making an intervention recognizable, as well as the choice of how to present the artwork and the relation between “conservation” and “maintenance”, undergo frequent changes. The  critical  thought  guiding  the  methodology  and  the  technical  applications  chosen  for  the  treatment are the themes of this session.  
verdeSession 2- Diagnostics and technologies applied to conservation
The development of scientific branches in the field of conservation produces evolving diagnostic plans. The need to further investigate the techniques, identify the materials and understand their behavior  is  crucial  for  the  protection  of  cultural  heritage.  This  session  aims  to  promote  the  adoption  of  innovative  protocols  in  support  of  the  conservation  treatment  and  for  conducting preventive conservation measures.  
bluSession 3- Museum professions
The role of the conservator is based on the development of interdisciplinary skills: how can these be  valued  in  professional  practice  and  how  can  they  contribute  to  the  different  fields  of  action  such  as  management,  conservation  and  dissemination  of  museum  collections?  The  objective  of this  session  is  to  explore  all  the  potential  connected  with  the  cultural  heritage  conservation  professions,  to  reflect  about  their  definition  and  to  train  professional  figures  in  the  field  of conservation. 
gialloSession 4- History of conservation
The  methods  adopted  in  the  past  centuries  to  conduct  conservative  treatments  on  cultural  heritage are the outcome of a specific culture and of different historical, geographical and cultural contexts.  This  session  will  collect  studies  and  evidence  that,  starting  from  real  case - studies,  can  represent the input for reflection and exchanges on how the conservative history of the artefact can influence the methodologies, which are currently used in different international contexts.  

The Young Professionals Forum is a fully digital event. Inclusion and involvement are at the heart of the project and this solution will allow everyone to participate, from all over the world.
In addition to the presentation of contributions, the two days of the Forum will focus on moments of  exchange,  debate  and  round  tables with  professionals  from  the  international  cultural  scene  useful to encourage the sharing of experiences among professionals present. 

Registration fees:

  • Early ‐ bird  (from  15th April  2021  to  9th  May  2021),  students,  participants  to  the  call  for abstracts and ICOM members 35 euros
  • Full price 50 euros

Participation in the call for abstracts is free of charge.
A more detailed program and information about the registration here.

If you are a student engaged in a university or learning programme for conservation or a early career practicing conservator currently engaged in either a public or a private capacity located in emerging economies and if you come from South America and the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia, you can participate in the IIC selection that sponsors 10 places to attend the event for free! Applications will be particularly welcome from individuals submitting an abstract to this Call.
For more info visit the IIC web page.

rombo WHO IS IT FOR?
The  Forum has the aim of collecting/comparing experiences and studies  made by young professionals or researchers who work in the field of conservation of Cultural Heritage. Particularly the present call is addressed to students who are about to graduate or have recently graduated, PhD students, researchers and professionals in the  field  of  Cultural  Heritage (conservators, restorers, art historians, architects, conservation scientists, registrars, etc.). The presented papers should  illustrate  case-­‐studies, research projects in the  humanistic/technical/scientific  field,  or  conservation/fruition programmes in which the candidate has a prominent role. Group work, submitted by more than one young professional, is also welcome. 

To join the Forum, submit an abstract (consisting of no more than 700 words and 4 pictures - max 200 dpi) of your paper via Google Forms.
Each candidate can submit one abstract indicating max. 2 sessions to which he/she intends to propose the paper.
All the submitted works must be original and unpublished.
The filling out procedure of the Form requires uploading a video presentation (here the guidelines for the realization of the video) of the candidate and almost one reference letter. The reference giver can be a professor/researcher/professional who has encouraged, collaborated or promoted the project of the young candidate (for instance a teacher, a university tutor, a curator, a conservator, a collector, a museum professional, etc.).

The abstracts and all material produced must be in English.

  • Deadline for the presentation of the abstract: extended to 28th May 2021
  • Notice of the selected abstracts: by 14th June 2021

At the end of the Forum, the selected authors will be asked to submit an article that will be published in the Young Professionals Forum proceedings 2021.
The editorial guidelines and the information about the presentation will be communicated to the authors after the selection.

The abstracts will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. Originality and innovative nature of the presented work;
2.  Application to conservation practice;
3. Technical value;
4. Logical structure, good argumentation, clear writing style;
5. Proof of multidisciplinarity (i.e. conservation, science, history of art).

In case of abstracts obtaining the same score, priority of admission will be assessed by the Scientific Committee.
The Scientific Committee will be composed of:

  • Sara Abram - CCR, General Secretary
  • Lorenzo Appolonia -  IGIIC, Italian Group of the International Institute for Conservation, President
  • Michela Cardinali - CCR, Director of Conservation Laboratories and of the Higher Education and Study School  
  • Stefania De Blasi - CCR, Head of Documentation and Communication
  • Maria Beatrice Failla - UniTo, University of Turin, Associate Professor
  • Alberto Garlandini - ICOM, International Council of Museums, President
  • Costanza Miliani - CNR, National Research Council of Italy, Director
  • Sarah Stannage - IIC, International Institute for Conservation, Executive Director

Should you need any further information on writing the abstract you can refer to the Young Professionals Community activities, to join this group visit

rombo AWARD
This year's prize will be awarded to only one of the young people selected. The Scientific Committee of the Forum will award the most significant contribution in terms of content quality, originality, communication and efficacy.

The winner will benefit from an internship at the CCR, to be designed according to the areas of competence of the winner itself. For more info read the reward event regulation on the website. 

The award is supported by the Fondazione Magnetto.


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For reasons of force majeure, the CCR Foundation reserves the right to change the details and the programme of the event.