Emerging Professionals Network

The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals

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Join our network: Please join the discussion on our Facebook page, or sign up to the network through Icon to keep up to date with our news and events. An emerging conservator is broadly considered as a conservation student or individual in the first five years of their career, however this is by no means absolute and there are no restrictions on joining the EPN.

Contact us: Please feel free to get in touch with any comments or suggestions via email.

Complete our Survey - we want to hear from you!

In June 2019 we presented at Icon's Conference: New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice. Through our talk we highlighted some of the challenges emerging professionals face, as well as looking at what opportunities are open to those starting their career in conservation. Much of what we discussed came from feedback given through our online survey and those of you we have spoken to, alongside our own experiences. We are always looking for feedback so if you haven't already, please complete our survey or get in touch!

About us

About us

The Icon Emerging Professional Network (EPN) aims to bring together and offer support for students and emerging conservation professionals

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Network Steering Group

Network Steering Group

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Coronavirus and emerging professionals

Coronavirus and emerging professionals

The Coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on our day to day lives and as we slowly adjust to a new ‘normal’ the effects of the global pandemic are a concern for our network

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Call for Projects

Call for Projects

Got an interesting project that you'd like to share? Then please tell us about it!

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Network members' area

Network members' area

Upcoming meetings and committee documents - access for network members only

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Meet-Up Series

Meet-Up Series

A series of informal events to help early career conservators meet one another and gain advice on soft skills and professional development

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Upcoming events

16 April 2021

Conservation: Out in the Open - The Challenges of Displaying & Conserving Textiles on Open Display - DAY 2

The Icon Textiles & Historic Interiors Group are pleased to present their joint online Spring Forum 2021
Online Conference
19 April 2021

Conservation: Out in the Open - The Challenges of Displaying & Conserving Textiles on Open Display - DAY 3

The Icon Textiles & Historic Interiors Group are pleased to present their joint online Spring Forum 2021
Online Conference
20 April 2021

Conservation: Out in the Open - The Challenges of Displaying & Conserving Textiles on Open Display - DAY 4

The Icon Textiles & Historic Interiors Group are pleased to present their joint online Spring Forum 2021
Online Conference
22 – 23 April 2021

Business Skills Foundation

Online event outlining the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to work as a freelancer or small business owner
Online Seminar
22 April 2021

“Seamless Solutions: Treating a contemporary painting with agarose gel” by Olympia Diamond, paintings conservator at Julia Nagle Conservation

This presentation describes the rationale and processes for the treatment of Timescape 00:30 which is one of a series of abstract paintings by …
Online Webinar