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Education and Training in Conservation Working Group Triennial Programme 2020 - 2023

Education and Training in Conservation Working Group Triennial Programme 2020 - 2023

Specific themes for investigation

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on teaching conservation

Within this theme, the Working Group will explore and solicit answers from members on the following questions:

  •  were teachers using online mode of teaching before the pandemic?
  • were teachers prepared to teach online when the pandemic hit?
  • what pros and cons did teachers and students come across during the pandemic?
  • how do teachers and students evaluate the success/failure of imparting education and training through online teaching?
  • how can we develop an efficient online module to stay prepared for any emergencies?
  • has virtual teaching/learning changed the way we now think about education and training in conservation?

Status of conservation education and training in different countries

The Working Group is interested in exploring and discovering:

  • how various institutions can come together and learn from the expertise of each other.
  • what are the main differences in approach to education and training in different countries?

Awareness programmes in conservation

The Working Group would like to focus on:

  • how can community get together with conservation goals?
  • how can conservators communicate and educate museum visitors about conservation?
  • how can the general public be made more aware of conservation?
  • methods and means to educate museum visitors about conservation.


The Working Group aims to be inclusive and encourage educators, conservators, scientists, curators, and museum professionals to become involved in our activities. We wish to encourage the involvement of more academic institutions, as well as individuals, in the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group.

Coordination Team meetings. Meetings between the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinators will be organised regularly. These will be used to introduce each other, identify duties and report on activities undertaken. Reports on these meetings will be included in the annual Newsletter.

Focus groups. Specific focus groups will be dedicated to exploring the different themes of this triennia in which the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group can promote an exchange of knowledge. Focusing at academic and research institutions world-wide, encouraging exchange at various levels – students, researchers, professors. Virtual meetings will be organised, hosted by the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinators, at which all Working Group members will welcomed. Reports will be included in the annual Newsletter.

Outline workshops. The Working Group aims to organise at least one virtual workshop in 2022. These will promote networking between members. These workshops aim: to connect art conservation through awareness programs; connect artists and craftsmen with art conservation through mutual exchange of traditional knowledge and conservation techniques; enable transfer and sharing of knowledge among practicing art conservators, associate conservation scientists to identify areas requiring research. We will encourage participation of members as well as non- members.


The Working Group will use the home page on the ICOM-CC website to notify members of activities and provide updates. The members mailing list will be used to communicate directly with members.

Social Media

The Working Group will explore ways to increase our social media presence. We aim to create a Facebook page which will be used to post the activities of the Working Group.

ICOM-CC Publications Online Platform Project

The Working Group will assist with gathering information for the Online Publications Platform Project which aims to provide access to the Working Groups’ past publications online, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this triennium.


ICOM-CC acknowledges and highly values the contributions and additional efforts required by the Working Group Coordinators towards converting the Beijing 19th Triennial Conference to a fully virtual event. Additional workloads are being carried by Coordinators from both the past and current triennia to ensure a vibrant and exciting conference.