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Discuss Special Interest topics - or begin your own community group

Our new discussion platform for IIC members is home to our Special Interest Communities - where you can talk in depth about specialist topics or emerging trends in conservation.

The site is at https://iiconservation-community.org/ If you are a member and have not received instructions for first login, please contact iic@iiconservation.org.  To gain full access to the new platform you will need to be a member of IIC. You can join IIC here  2020 - 21 membership, we will then send you the link to set up an account.

Getting started will only take only a few minutes - then explore topics, follow colleagues and join a conversation among conservators from New York to Beijing.

We are launching with four themes:

Authenticity & Ethics

Led by IIC Fellows Jonathan Ashley-Smith (focusing on ethics) and David Scott (authenticity) who will explore the current state of debate in the profession. They will also ask questions such as how we make judgements when forced to choose between preserving original material and the traditional appearance of objects.


IIC's Executive Director Sarah Stannage alongside notable figures from the profession including Debra Hess Norris from the University of Delaware, IIC's President Emeritus Sarah Staniforth and lecturer and faciltator in leadership Bob Norris, will be sharing insights and encouraging discussions with members on leadership. The community will explore changing ideas about what leadership looks like in the 21st century.

Conservation Data

Like every area of life, conservation is being transformed by the digital world and the insights of Big Data. At the same time, far too much knowledge is fragmented, inaccessible in institutions across the world. Athanasios Velios Reader in Documentation, University of the Arts London will be leading a discussion on how we can use data more effectively to the benefit of our projects and our profession.


Exploring the breadth of sustainable practice, this group will be championed by Caitlin Southwick.


A responsive approach, led by members' interests and needs

These groups will be shaped over time by members' changing interests and emerging new issues. If you have an idea for a Special Interest Community and would like to lead, either alone or with another member, you can submit a proposal to IIC at iic@iiconservation.org .  We are really keen that our Regional Groups and members from band 3 and 4 countries are able to access and engage with our SICs.

We welcome short proposals (less than 500 words) for new SICs from any IIC member. A member may wish to take the lead in proposing a specialist theme and set up the community but then seek support from other members to help co-ordinate any proposed activities. 

  • SICs are open to all members of IIC who want to develop their knowledge and expertise and who can contribute to the interest area;
  • Communities can also invite non-members and representatives of other organisations to take part in some of its activities;
  • SICs can be time limited – in fact we recognise that some SICs may wish to exist for less than 6 months.
  • We encourage SICs to deliver meaningful outputs and outcomes, this could be by contributing articles that promote innovation or best practice to feature within IIC’s publications, including our digital bi-monthly publication News in Conservation.

Proposals should be submitted to iic@iiconservation.org and will be considered by IIC’s Membership Committee*.

*IIC will review SICs after a year and will also consider whether small amounts of funding can be made available to support SIC events and activities in the future. Funding would be made available via a direct application to IIC. Further information will be made available in due course.



You can also contact us at iic@iiconservation.org for further information.