The XXI International NKF Congress
IIC-Nordic Group

Cultural heritage facing catastrophe:
Prevention and recoveries

September 26 – 28 2018 at Harpa Conference Centre 
Reykjavík, Iceland

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Dear friends and colleagues,

The Icelandic section of the Nordic Association of Conservators is pleased to announce the XXI NKF Congress – Cultural heritage facing catastrophe: prevention and recoveries to be held in Reykjavík, Iceland 26 – 28 September 2018.

The theme of the congress is the impact of natural and man-made catastrophes on cultural heritage and recoveries.

During the last few years, the Nordic countries have experienced many disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, building explosion and fires, which have had a serious impact on their cultural heritage as have many other countries around the world. An awakening has taken place in the preventative actions illustrated by the amount of professional documentation on the internet. The congress will be an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and/to improve the protection of the cultural heritage.

This congress is meant for conservators, curators, and all professionals working with the preservation of cultural heritages.

The program for the XXI NKF Congress will consist of lectures and will be divided into three main topics:

  • Preventives measures; Risk assessments and technical solutions
  • Case studies of catastrophes and emergency responses
  • Long term recovery.

Organizing committee

Halldóra Ásgeirsdóttir Ingibjörg Áskelsdóttir Karen Sigurkarlsdóttir Sigriður Þorgeirsdóttir

Harpa, the beautiful concert and conference centre features the best conditions for conferences in Iceland. It is conveniently situated at the harbour in the heart of Reykjavík and within walking distance of the city centre with shops, restaurants, art galleries and a vibrant night-life.

Social programme and excursions
Along with the social programme such as the welcoming reception and the conference dinner, participants will have the opportunity to visit Iceland‘s most spectacular attractions, including geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers.

Accommodation in various price ranges nearby Harpa has been booked for participants.


Important dates and deadlines

Please note dates and deadlines for each item – and make sure to check back frequently for further information. 

Submission of Abstracts

  • Opening of abstract submission
    – 1 September 2017

  • Deadline of abstract submission
    – 31 October 2017

  • Notification of abstracts
    – 30 November 2017


  • Registration opens
    – 10 February 2018

Conference dates: 26 – 28 September 2018

Meeting venue is Harpa Conference and Concert Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland

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