A list of conferences about topics of sustainability in conservation. Note that this list includes both present and future events.


The Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” will host on July, 2 2020 the first edition of the Young Professionals Forum, an international event aimed at young professionals of cultural heritage.

​Following what is happening in Italy and around the world, the Forum has been given a new guise to allow everyone to participate, in this first and unrepeatable edition.

​The idea of keeping this appointment represents a sign of hope, an opportunity for recovery and a new impetus for the community of young professionals.

The new version of the Forum is entirely digital and free.

Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage through Climate Change

A two day conference on the intersection between cultural heritage and climate change at the Smithsonian American Museum. Includes Heritage at Risk: A Dialogue on the Effects of Climate Change, a conversation between six specialists about the threats of climate change on cultural heritage, held at the conclusion of the conference. 


***As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums are closed temporarily and all public programs, events, and tours are canceled through June 1. Please check back frequently for any updates.***

POSTPONED Sustaining the Sector: How Museums Can Adapt in a Changing World

The topic for this year’s conference is sustainability and how as a sector museums can enact change. 

Wednesday 29 April 2020, 10:00-16:30, Scotland.


DIGITAL CONFERENCE 2020 Earth Optimism Summit

Various summits, dedicated to an overarching theme of successful stories of implementations of sustainable solutions, digital campaign with the hashtag #EarthOptimism.

Thursday, April 23, 20208:00 AM to Saturday, April 25, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT U.S.

These are now digital events.

ICOM-US AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo

Panels include a meeting for the environment and climate leadership network; a talk on sustainable exhibition practices at OMCA; environmental education in museums and strategies for public involvement in such issues.

San Francisco, May 17–20, 2020

AIC Conservation: Reactive and Proactive

The conference will allow professionals to present ways in which they are dealing with challenges within the sector. Sustainability is a topic mentioned in the conference brief. 

MAY 19-23, 2020

Image Permanence Institute, Environmental Management Workshops

Workshops aimed at guiding participants at facilitating and implementing sustainable environmental management programme. This involves making decisions that both improve the preservation quality of collections environments while reducing energy consumption.

SPNHC & ICOM NATHIST Conference 2020

A joint conference between SPNHC and ICOM NATHIST, the topic is ‘The Role of Natural History Collections in Glocal Challenges’. 

NEW DATES: Please note that the Conference has been postponed to 5 – 11 June 2022.

POSTPONED CHEMCH 6th International Congress ‘Chemistry for Cultural Heritage’

A conference organised to provide a platform for scientific discussion about the roll chemistry plays in cultural heritage preservation. Amongst the topics this year is sustainable materials and methods and environmental chemistry aspects in cultural heritage.

Postponed until 2022

ICOM DEMHIST: Historic House Museums for a Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities

The conference aims to foster discussion on the challenges of sustainable development that museums face, and the role they play in pursuing strategies for environmental education, with a focus on historic houses.

Will take place from the 5th – 7th (post conference tours 8-9) October 2020 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Art/Switch: [re]Framing the Arts: A Sustainable Shift

A conference to bring attention to innovation within the art sector to promote sustainability within various fields, such as art handling and storage, sustainable exhibitions and sustainable conservation amongst others.

2020 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.