ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute announce 17th International Course on Stone Conservation
The Seventeenth International Course on Stone Conservation - SC11 will be held in Rome (Italy) from 13 April through 1 July 2011. Partners are ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), United States and the UNESCO Venice Office.
Background The International Course on Stone Conservation was created in 1976, and 16 courses have successfully been conducted between then and 2009 in Venice, Italy. The recently relaunched course reflects advances in practice, science, and technology, including the integration of practical methodologies for stone conservation on sites, buildings and structures.
Course objectives and programme The primary goal of the course is to improve the practice of stone conservation internationally by providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, disseminating effective conservation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies.
The course adopts a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach and is designed for professionals involved in the conservation of historic stone structures and artifacts. The primary goal of the course is to improve the practice of stone conservation internationally by providing participants with a holistic understanding of the decay and deterioration of stone, disseminating effective conservation methodologies, and ensuring a practical understanding of appropriate repair methods and long-term management strategies. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will discuss both the fundamental theories of conservation as well as consider how advances in technology and research have influenced practical approaches as they pertain to all phases of stone conservation. Group fieldwork exercises at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to draw upon their collective expertise from various specializations to help them arrive at more effective conservation solutions.
The course will be divided into 6 main units over 11 weeks. These units will include topics such as: Conservation principles and theories; Material sciences as a tool for identification, analysis, and design of conservation treatments; Mechanisms of deterioration; Diagnostic techniques for identifying causes and effects of observed conditions; Condition assessment methodology; Developing a conservation strategy for immediate and long-term actions including prevention, maintenance, repair and treatment; Managing stone conservation projects and the value of working within multidisciplinary teams.
Participants Are encouraged applications applications from mid-career professionals and other decision makers in conservation, with at least five years of practical working experience in the field, from different disciplines (archaeologists, architects, conservator-restorers, conservation scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in stone conservation).
Applying Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2010 to ensure inclusion in the selection process. Send applications to:
Stone Course 11
13, Via di S. Michele I-00153 Rome, ITALY
Tel: 39 06 585 531 Fax: 39 06 5855 3349
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