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02.11.2018

#Icon19 Call for Papers sets new record

The results are in!

The dust is settling on the Call for Papers for Icon’s 2019 Triennial Conference in Belfast – and this year’s Call has clearly shattered all records!

By 11.59pm on 31st October, there had been 254 submissions to speak or present posters at the event.   Given the programme anticipated slotting 80-90 papers and across seven parallel sessions over two days, with 15-20 posters on display in the breakout area, this is a fantastic result far in excess of expectations.

This is a wonderful result, and we are dedicated to ensuring as many papers as possible are showcased at our conference,’ said Alison Richmond ACR, Icon’s Chief Executive.

The wide global response to the call for papers for #Icon19 really underlines the power of conservators,’ said Leanne Tonkin, Chair of the #Icon19 Programme Committee. ‘It has been a pleasure to have listened to many stories from conservators during this campaign and I am looking forward to a large, inclusive and widely debated conference that will be remembered for years to come.  Well done to all who have submitted an abstract. #Icon19 promises to be a ground-breaker!’

The Programme Committee have a very difficult road ahead of them as they sift through the submissions to identify the top-scoring submissions.  Leanne Tonkin will then work closely with Chairs of Icon’s specialist Groups and Networks to make the final selections after Plenary papers have been determined. 

The Committee anticipates forming an idea of the top scoring submissions by December, with further discussions to continue into the New Year. 

Meanwhile, grants and bursaries to support conference attendance are now highlighted in a dedicated resource on the Icon website, to ensure anyone looking for support has a one-stop shop outlining all the options.  So far, there is generous support available from the Clothworkers’ Foundation, from the Anna Plowden Trust and from Tru Vue Inc – check the website for details!   

It’s thrilling to see so much excitement around #Icon19,’ said Michael Nelles, Icon’s Membership Manager and project manager for the conference. ‘We knew we could fill the programme – but none of us had any idea there would be quite so much interest. It’s unprecedented and awestriking at the same time.  It’s fantastic to see so much energy buzzing around – and of course Belfast is the perfect place to channel this excitement and raise the profile of our sector.’

Conference registration is now open – although naturally, there will be at least 250 potential delegates awaiting the results of their submissions.   

Best of luck to all those who submitted - roll on June 2019!

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