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Climate for Collections: Standards and Uncertainties

Wednesday 07 November - Friday 09 November 2012
(Categories: Non ICOM/ICOM-CC, Preventive Conservation, Scientific Research)

Date: 7-9 November 2012 Place: Munich, Germany


The conference 'Climate for Collections: Standards and Uncertainties' is now open for registration. This important and timely conference is organised as part of the European Commission funded 'Climate for Culture' research project. It will be held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Doerner Institut, and supported by the German Conservator Association (VDR) and the International Association for Science and Technology of Building Maintenance and the Preservation of Monuments (WTA). The meeting will take place in the Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany, from 7-9 November 2012.


Selected by a Technical Committee of international specialists, a lively programme of presentations and discussions has been organised. The contributions cover the past and future development of environmental standards, the latest scientific research on materials response, in situ observations of the interaction of historic objects with climate, and methods of environmental control, past, present and future. This will will offer a platform for discussions by conservators, curators, conservation scientists, archivists, registrars, climate engineers, architects, building engineers, decision makers in the cultural field and many more.


The conference will be the opportunity to discuss current concerns and questions about environmental standards. Should standards for environmental control become more or less restrictive than the currently accepted international norm? Does predicted climate change necessitate changes in environmental standards? Do arguments about energy costs and sustainability necessitate such changes? Does scientific research, using physical and computer models, reflect the behaviour of real objects? Can surveys of real objects in real environments be used to determine realistic environmental standards? This debate will lead to greater understanding of the factors to be balanced if we are to sustain the mission to save cultural heritage for future generations.


Booking ends: 31 August 2012

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