New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage-IIWC 21st Symposium 2018, York, UK

Wednesday 12 September 2018, 9.00AM

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 May 2018 

The 21st IIWC Symposium will be a multidisciplinary forum for the interchange of experience, ideas, and knowledge of ‘New Horizons’ in the conservation of wooden built heritage as embraced in the new ICOMOS ‘Principles’ adopted in Delhi in 2017.
The papers presented at the Symposium will broaden current perspectives in the conservation of wooden built heritage. Workshops put on by York Archaeological Trust and Historic England, and field trips in York will complement the speaker presentations.
21st IIWC Symposium - New Horizons, York 2018
The IIWC Scientific Symposium will be open to both ICOMOS members and non-members and its theme is “New Horizons for the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage”.
The IIWC’s 2018 "New Horizons" symposium in York will be an interchange for new research and technical advancements in the conservation of wooden built heritage. "New Horizons" will be a forum to engage a diverse community of experts, professionals and practitioners with the common goal of exploring new multi-disciplinary perspectives and potentialities in the field of conservation. This holistic approach to conservation is at the heart of ICOMOS and its scientific committees and is embodied in the new IIWC 2017 Principles for the Conservation of the Wooden Built Heritage’.
Themes and topics:
  • Education and training
  • Intangible heritage
  • Evolving buildings
  • Temporary structures
  • Conservation statements for repair/ intervention projects
  • The crucial role that forest reserves play in cycles of maintenance and repair
  • Advances in laser technology and geospatial imaging
  • Structure-from-motion 3D photogrammetry
  • Advances in non-invasive investigation technologies, tomography, digital micro-probes
  • Project procurement and funding streams
  • Can traditional crafts such as carpentry compete economically with modern construction techniques
  • Waterlogged wood: recording, excavation, conservation, presentation and curation
  • Shipwrecks/ maritime heritage
  • Archaeological evaluations including: desk-based studies, impact assessments, interpretive surveys
  • Watching briefs for construction projects on standing buildings
  • Archaeobotany and ancient forestry ecologies
  • Advances in resin repairs
  • Durability of timber
  • 20th century buildings
  • The effects of flooding on historic timber
  • Problems caused by the insurance-led timber preservation industry
  • Conservation of timber with surface finishes such as plaster, paint, wall-paper, other coatings
  • New technologies, new problems? Frei Otto's Mannheim Multihalle gridshell is 42 years old

Call for Papers

On behalf of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and ICOMOS-UK we invite papers to be presented at New Horizons, York 2018.
Papers are invited from both ICOMOS members and non-members. To propose a paper, please submit a concise one A4-page abstract as follows:
•    Language: English
•    Abstract length: Maximum 300 words
•    Author’s biography summary: Maximum 100 words
•    At the top of the abstract indicate: the chosen theme/ topic; the title of the paper; and three to five keywords that reflect the general theme of the paper; then 
•    Author’s name(s), any institutional affiliation and contact details (postal address, phone, fax, e-mail) 
•    If you are an ICOMOS member, your ICOMOS membership number and National Committee. 
•    No more than one abstract will be considered per author (unless for the second abstract you are not the principal author).
•    Abstracts should be emailed to:

Timetable for submission of abstracts and papers:
•    2 March 2018: Call for Papers:
•    15 May 2018: Deadline for submission of Abstracts
•    12 June 2018: Selected speakers notified of their selection
•    12 -15 September 2018: ‘New Horizons’ – IIWC Symposium York 2018
•    Abstracts sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Selection and Review Process 
The Selection Committee will review the abstracts. It will then select abstracts for papers to be presented at the symposium and for publication on the IIWC website (possibly for both). The selected speakers will be invited to submit fully referenced 2,500-word papers with illustrations after the Symposium for publication on the IIWC website. Guidelines for paper presentations will be emailed to the selected presenters.
To facilitate broader discussion of the themes, a further number of abstracts will be selected (and notified) to present posters for display during the Symposium on stands or electronic screens. Poster Presenters may be invited to personally present if a Speaker Presenter drops out unexpectedly.

Selection Committee: Tina Wik ((ICOMOS Sweden), Mikel Landa (ICOMOS Spain), Doug Evans and Maggie Henderson (ICOMOS UK).
Symposium Organising Committee: Doug Evans, IIWC Vice-President (Europe), Tina Wik IIWCGeneral Secretary, Dana Challinor (ICOMOS UK), Susan Denyer Secretary ICOMOS-UK, and Anthea Longo ICOMOS-UK.

Check ICOMOS-UK's website for more info. 

Location: York