2018: La Antigua, Guatemala



(2018) Conference Annoucement

APOYOnline – Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2nd Regional Conference and Workshops on Heritage Preservation organized by APOYOnline. It will be held in Antigua, Guatemala from October 2nd to 5th, 2018. The theme of the conference is: “Managing Emergencies in cultural heritage: sharing experiences and strengthening networks in the Americas”.

APOYOnline’s main objective is to strengthen knowledge and skills of professionals in charge of heritage collections (museums, archives, libraries and other institutions), focusing on the importance of risk management, planning, and response and recovery in the context of emergencies related to natural phenomena. The natural disasters that have taken place recently in various Caribbean, Central American, and North American countries, bear witness to the threat that these natural disasters pose to the conservation of cultural heritage in these vulnerable regions. Furthermore, they highlight the importance of communication networks among preservation professionals working to mitigate the damage to cultural heritage. The conference will be open to attendees as well as speakers and poster presenters who will show their work in the theme of the conference. 

The topics selected for the four-day event are: risk assessment, emergency preparedness, and post-disaster response and recovery. There will be two components to the program: 1) The presentation of selected works by participants as oral presentations or posters, and 2) Training workshops, which will include theoretical modules, practical exercises, and emergency drills. These workshops will be offered by a team of instructors from Brazil, Colombia, and the United States. The deadline for submission of papers and posters proposals is February 18th, 2018.

The conference reflects APOYOnline’s mission to build communication bridges among professionals in the Americas. It is based on the experience that APOYOnline (formerly Apoyo) has accumulated during the past 28 years organizing international events in the region, conducting bilingual workshops, and publishing technical material translated into Spanish and Portuguese, which have become reference tools for conservators in Latin America and the Caribbean.