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Welcome to the website of Icon, the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. Icon's membership embraces the wider conservation community, incorporating not only professional conservators in all disciplines, but all others who share a commitment to improving understanding of and access to our cultural heritage.

Icon launches new internship scheme

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) is today delighted to announce the launch of its updated Icon Internship Programme (IIP).

This new programme follows in the footsteps of the successful Heritage Lottery funded work based training bursary scheme, delivered by Icon, which has over the last 9 years placed 101 non-conservation and conservation trained interns with a variety of hosts across a range of disciplines.  Today over 90% of those former interns are now employed or pursuing further training within the Cultural Heritage Sector.

Alongside this scheme Icon has also worked with other grant making bodies and partner employers to provide a further 45 work based training placements.  
 
With the completion of the HLF funded programme, Icon is fully committed to delivering a legacy internship programme and continue to develop new entrants into the conservation profession.

For further information about Icon’s Internship Programme, please see the new IIP leaflet and visit our web page for all of the information you will need for setting up an internship, including current fees and a recommended timetable.

If you would like to discuss your ideas about hosting and, or funding an intern – please discuss them with Susan Bradshaw, Professional Development Manager.

 

Online petition to include cultural heritage research in EU Framework Programme

Ensuring the inclusion of Cultural Heritage Research  in the 8th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (HORIZON 2020) 
Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Its a cause for regret that
cultural and natural heritage are not mentioned explicitly in the European Commission proposal; this has serious consequences as the whole basis for funding the conservation of cultural heritage in Europe may be compromised for many years to come. Members are encouraged to sign the  online petition addressed to the European Parliament and the European Council pleading strongly for the inclusion of cultural heritage research in HORIZON 2020.


 
In signing this petition, you support that the EU fully acknowledges its responsibilities to put cultural heritage research back on its agenda and to include it in the next Framework Programme.

Almost 6.000 people have already supported the petition but more signatures are needed to ensure further promotion of cultural heritage research. The call will be online until the end of April, therefore we kindly ask those of you who have not signed yet to do so and also alert other people by forwarding the link below to your network: 

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cultural-heritage-research_8th-framework-programme/

Please post this link and message using also your social network contacts.

Thank you very much for your support.

Kind regards

-              Johanna Leissner and Constanze Fuhrmann, Fraunhofer Brussels Office,
               Germany/Belgium
-              Isabel Rodriguez-Maribona Galvez, Tecnalia, Spain
-              Pedro Martin Lerones; Cartife Technology Centre, Spain
-              Maite Berasategui, Acciona, Spain
-              Antonia Moropoulou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
-              Paulo Lourenco, University of Minho, Portugal
-              Adriana Bernardi, National Research Council/Institute of Atmospheric 
               Science and Climate, Italy
-              Roberto Di Giulio, Alessandro Massarente and Keoma Ambrogio, University
               of Ferrara, Italy
-              Katarina Malaga, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
-              Myriam Crolard, Saint-Gobain, France
-              Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Ministère de la culture et de la communication,
               France
-              Rob van Hees, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
               TNO, Netherlands
-              Jacques Akerboom, Monumentenwacht, Netherlands
-              Roko Žarnić, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
-              Vlatka Rajčić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
-              Alison Richmond, Institute of Conservation, UK

 
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