Call for Papers

Posted on Aug 24, 2017


The Washington Conservation Guild, the Potomac Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management will once again collaborate with the Lunder Conservation Center to host the second annual Professional Development Seminar, building upon last year’s theme:

Control of Health and Safety Hazards in Museums,
Historic Sites, Conservation Treatment and Collection Care.

We are now accepting abstracts which would focus on controlling health and safety risks from preparing, treating, managing, and exhibiting artistic, historic and natural science collections as well as abating structural hazards and responding to disasters within their facilities.  Examples of abstract topics include:  Safety challenges in gallery exhibit installation, exposure assessments and remediation of unique hazards in museum collections, hazardous material abatement in historic houses, health and safety risks of conservation treatments or chemical hygiene for the conservator’s workspace, and preparedness and emergency response in collections.

We are looking for 20-30 minute presentations/case studies.  Co-presentations by IH/Safety and Conservation/Collection Care professionals are encouraged.  Note that abstracts on other topics can still be submitted for consideration.

Please forward abstracts to Mary Kay Snow at by COB Monday 11 September 2017 for consideration.

The meeting will be held
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G and 8th Streets, NW, Washington DC