June 25, 2020
With the continued impact of the global pandemic and the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through the remainder of 2020, IPI has decided to cancel the 2020 Vision symposium scheduled for October 14-15 in Rochester, NY. The decision to cancel is based on the ongoing health risks, travel and group gathering restrictions, and in recognition that many of our colleagues, both domestic and international, are still not in a position to commit to professional travel in October. We considered moving the event online, but after careful deliberation determined it was best to cancel for 2020.
While we are disappointed not to have the opportunity to host you in 2020, IPI’s 35th anniversary year, we are considering hosting a research symposium in October 2021. We recognize that a lot of 2020 programming has been moved to 2021 and therefore it may not be the best year for us to host an event. That said, we are not ready to commit to rescheduling the symposium at this time, and will make a final decision in January about whether or not to host a symposium in 2021.
Thank you for understanding this difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Vision: Current and Future Research in Cultural Heritage Preservation symposium. If you would like to receive updates on symposium planning, sign up here.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Image Permanence Institute $429,409 in funding to support a three-year research project designed to identify the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible methods of preparing paper-based collection objects for transit and display while maintaining preservation standards.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our research and business assessment activities over the past ten months including online surveys, strategic conversations and working meetings with internal and external constituents, and an extensive evaluation of IPI’s existing business and fundraising practices.
We are thrilled to introduce our new Research Scientist, Dr. Meredith Sharps. Meredith joined IPI in June after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, where she conducted collections-based research in the microanalysis laboratory.
In collaboration with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC), IPI will host an advanced inkjet preservation workshop in 2021.